Do not Give Your Baby Solid Foods Before 6 Months Old

Solid food or complementary foods should not be given before 6 month old baby. If solid food given too early can lead to obesity and cause allergies.

"Solid food can be a good low-nutrient, high-calorie. This can lead to obesity in infants, allergies or eczema, and it is associated with diabetes," said Dr. Deb Lonzer, a pediatrician at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA, was quoted as saying from Fox News, Tuesday (03/26/2013).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that infants given no solid food at the age of 4 months. In fact there has got solid food at the age of 4 weeks.

In his research, the CDC interviewed 1300 mothers, where 40 percent of them had to introduce solid foods before 4 months old baby. The reason mothers give it a wide range of solid food. Some call her baby is old enough to eat solid food, because the baby seems hungry, and because he wanted the baby gets additional food other than breast milk or formula.

"They get information from various sources such as friends, relatives, the Internet, and that all of them are not really sure of what he had done," said Dr. Lonzer.

Even still there are mothers who believe their babies will sleep better and be happier if it gets solid food intake. Related to this case American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) again reminded that giving a baby solid foods before 6 months of age may increase the risk of various chronic pain. This could cut the benefits of breastfeeding infants.

Dr Lonzer warned if the baby does not seem satisfied with the milk that has been drunk, the mothers do not rush to give him solid food. The thing to do is to consult with your pediatrician first.

"If a baby under 6 months have been drinking a lot of milk or formula but as still hungry or be cranky all the time, it's nothing to do with feeding," explained Dr Lonzer.

Well, if your baby is fussy mother do not rush to 'fill him up' with solid food. Maybe it's because of behavior or related medical problems.