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New study: are you feeding your baby solid food too early?

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A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds more than 40 percent of parents introduced solid foods to their infants before they were 4 months old.

"Very concerning, in terms of the serious risk of aspiration and pneumonia and choking," said Dr Joel Rose, Pediatrician Pinnacle Healthy Systems.

The study claims moms who gave their babies formula were twice as likely to give solid foods to their babies too early. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children start eating solid foods when they are between four and six months of age.

"Often times the swallowing mechanisms just are not ready before four months of age, and that's why we recommends parents wait," said Dr. Rose.

According to the study, many parents felt feeding solids to their baby would help them sleep better.

"There is no evidence that adding rice cereal or other solids will enhance the baby's sleeping or increase the duration of sleeping through the night," said Dr. Rose.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, early introduction of solids may increase the risk of some chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, eczema and celiac disease.

Dr. Rose says sometimes doctors will recommend a bit of cereal be added to a bottle of formula for babies with reflux.

"Always check with your pediatrician first," said Dr. Rose.

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