Babies can begin eating solid food after 4 to 6 months
DEAR DOCTOR K: When should I start giving my baby solid foods? Will starting solids too early increase her risk of food allergies?
DEAR READER: Breast milk or iron-fortified infant formula provides all the nutrients your baby needs for the first 6 months. Most pediatricians I know do not recommend starting solid foods before 4 months. The introduction of solid foods before 4 to 6 months may not provide the proper balance of nutrients — and it may increase the risk of your infant's developing food allergies.
Before you begin, discuss the introduction of solid foods with your pediatrician. Most recommend one of the iron-fortified infant cereals, such as rice, oatmeal or barley, for the first food. These types of cereals are least likely to cause allergies. Mix the cereal with breast milk or formula.
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