Infant Cereal

A new study says babies could be at risk for developing diabetes if infant cereal is not introduced at the right time.

Pediatricians say a baby's first solid food should be infant cereal, and they should start eating it between four to six months of age. Researchers say an infant's diet could be very important in the development of the immune system, and the risk for autoimmune disease, such as type one diabetes later in life.

According to research findings, children fed infant cereal between birth and three months of age, were four times as likely to develop diabetes autoimmunity, compared to babies who were first fed cereal at the recommended four to six months. Also, babies who first ate cereal after the recommended age range were five times as likely to develop diabetes autoimmunity. The study was conducted at the University of Colorado.