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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Health Risks For Infants

We all want the best for our children and grandchildren and with our ten week old granddaughter living with us, this subject is close to my heart. The little critter is a glutton and at times just can't seem to get enough formula in that little belly.

She is no exception to the rule and the want for the baby to be full and satisfied prompts many mothers of infants to switch over to solid food before the baby is even 6 months old. Not only is that a little too early, but it can present health risks to the child later on in life.

Studies have found that the risk for obesity, diabetes, respiratory infections, ear infections, and eczema is higher when infants were given solid food too early. Doctor visits, hospitalizations, and prescriptions also occurred more frequently.

No matter what the reason or justification is for giving infants solid food before the appropriate time; the little one's body is simply not yet entirely prepared for it. I agree that it is so much easier and cheaper when the infant can consume the same meals as we do, but it may cause more problems then we were aware of and we sure don't want those for our little loved ones.

It will take a little more time, effort, and patience on our part, but what are a few months compared to a lifetime when taking in account it will only benefit our offspring? Practicing patience is not easy, but God is always there to provide!

2 Thessalonians 3:5
Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.


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