Four in 10 Babies Given Solid Foods Too Early, Study Finds

Hunger, inability to sleep through the night are often cited as reasons.

Many babies are given solid foods sooner than they should be, a study has found.

Many babies are given solid foods sooner than they should be, a study has found.

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Roy and Scanlon agreed that parents shouldn't try to work around this reflex by adding baby cereal to bottles.

"Solid foods are not intrinsically better or more calorically dense than breast milk or formula," said Roy. And she added, "Solid foods can harm kids when started too early."

Results of the study were released online March 25 in advance of publication in the April print issue of Pediatrics.

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Learn more about the right time to introduce solid foods to infants from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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