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Can solid foods be introduced to a four-month-old baby?

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Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019
Question: hi doc my daughter is 4 months now.her paed has asked me to introduce solids to her like juices n fruits .she said if i delay the process then my baby will not accept solids.her weight is 6.5 kg
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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (46 minutes later)
Brief Answer:

Please do not add solids till 6 months

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Please do not add solids and other feeds other than breast milk till 6 months of age.

This is not my recommendation - it is WHO - World Health Organization's recommendation, please.

The early introduction may lead to diarrhea and malabsorption in the tender gut.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Sumanth Amperayani, Pediatrician, Pulmonology
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (2 hours later)
paed has asked to introduce fruits n juices
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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:

Suggestions on baby feeding

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

No, please. No need to introduce them. These contain high fructose content which can cause osmotic diarrhea.

This is the reason why I am telling you not to introduce you anything.

Moreover the baby's gut may not be mature enough to tolerate these apart from mother's breast milk.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Sumanth Amperayani, Pediatrician, Pulmonology
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: Please do not add solids till 6 months Detailed Answer: Hi, Please do not add solids and other feeds other than breast milk till 6 months of age. This is not my recommendation - it is WHO - World Health Organization's recommendation, please. The early introduction may lead to diarrhea and malabsorption in the tender gut. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr Sumanth Amperayani, Pediatrician, Pulmonology