DENVER -- When is the best time to start your baby on solid food?
Health experts say it's important to get the timing just right, otherwise your child could be at risk for developing diabetes.
Researchers at the University of Colorado found a link between starting babies on solid food too early, or too late, and an increased risk of developing diabetes.
Dr. Jill Norris of the Colorado School of Public Health, and principal investigator in the study, says the recommendation is that babies should begin solid food no earlier than 4 months, and no later than 6 months.
The theory is that babies may not be ready to digest solid food and that can have consequence. Dr. Norris says, “...an immature immune system and immature gut and that combination of things may lead to a cascade of events that would lead to an autoimmune disease and type 1 is an autoimmune disease."
Health experts say some parents may start their baby on solid food a little too early because they feel they're listening to important cues from their child, that’s why closely monitoring your child’s eating habits is important, along with professional medical supervision.
Doctors say if you haven't followed the solid food recommendations, you don't need to worry, not every child will develop diabetes, but is can be a risk so your child should receive regular health exams.