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Many parents introduce solids too early

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

While most experts say babies should avoid solid foods until at least four to six months of age, many parents allow solids earlier, according to a new report from the centers for disease control.

About 40% of the 1,300 mothers surveyed said they'd introduced infant cereal before four months.

Moms said they did so because their babies seemed hungry, and they thought the extra food would help the babies sleep longer at night.

Experts say starting solid foods too early can increase the risk for chronic diseases because babies' bodies aren't mature enough for cereals and other solid food.

-Study led by researchers at the CDC and published in Pediatrics

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