When are infants ready for solid foods? Introduction of solid foods too early can create gastrointestinal and allergy problems later on. The intestine is not ready to accept solid foods for at least the first two months of life. The Committee on Nutrition of the Academy of Pediatrics recommends that solid foods be started somewhere between 4 and 6 months of age, even if an exclusive breastfeeding period of 6 months is the new recommendation of the WHO.
Many preterm infants suffer from growth retardation up to and beyond corrected term when expected growth curves in and ex utero are referred to. Such a nutritional defi- ciency which develops starting with the first few weeks of life in particular involves preterm infants born before 30 weeks of gestation.
All parents want their children to be intelligent and smart. They are more than willing to spend on anything that will make their children “bright kids”. In recent years, we have witnessed a number of vitamins and various food supplements being marketed as “food for the brain”; and the number is still growing! How effective are they? Will they really be able to improve or enhance a child’s IQ?