About Introducing Cereal

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Rabbits07 - May 16

The following [in brackets] is pasted from an article on the cbsnews website: [Two new studies in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association show a link between diabetes risk and a baby's age when cereal is introduced into the diet. The research showed that cereal introduction before four months of age increased the risk four times of developing diabetes autoimmunity, or the antibodies that are the precursor to type 1 diabetes. Research also showed children who were not given cereal until after six months of age were five times more likely to develop diabetes autoimmunity. The relationship between the timing of the introduction of cereal and diabetes risk is not fully understood. Senay explains what these findings suggest is that there's a timeline to the development of a child's immune system. The current theories are that the developing immune system of a baby can't handle cereal too early or large portions later on. Another theory is that infants not fed cereal during the critical developmental stage between four and six months miss out on key nutrients involved in the development of the immune system.] My pediatrician had told me about this. Of course, there are times and extenuating circ_mstances during which a doctor will recommend starting cereal earlier or later (such as in cases of reflux). I just thought I would pass this on as I notice there are frequently alot of questions on the board about when to start cereal.The full article can be accessed at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/30/earlyshow/contributors/emilysenay/main5759.com Remove any dashes.

 

Rabbits07 - May 16

Sorry, I posted the web address wrong. It's http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/30/earlyshow/contributors/emilysenay/main575958.shtml. Remove any dashes.

 

Bonnie - May 16

Thanks for the link. It's a good idea for people to see this. I know some like to introduce solids, to each their own. But I don't think it is okay to tell other people that it is perfectly fine without risking the dangers. I thinka lot of people are just not aware. :)

 

YC - May 16

Great info. thanks! Inever realized how complicated this whole food thing was until I had a baby LOL!!!

 

Elle - May 16

Thanks for the good info! This will be great ammunition against well-intentioned family members who INSIST that my b___stfed 8 week old needs cereal already. :-)

 

austinsmom - May 17

Am I reading this correctly ....another theory is that infants not fed cereal during the critical developmental stage between four and six months miss out on key nutrients involved in the development of the immune system......based on the content it should not have a not after infants right??? I think this is great info but it poses me another question......like ELLE I have well-intentioned family members and they say feed cereal but they also say feed baby food.....in fact my husband caught his mom trying to open a bottle of baby food to feed my son!!!!! Good husband that he is he nipped that in the bud but do you think the same thing can be said for baby food? Oh what the heck as far as I am concerned I will say it that it effects lo all the same for the sake of no more arguments......but if you know please share.....thanks again girls

 

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