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Parental beliefs and practices regarding early introduction of solid foods to their children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15248007     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study was a cross-sectional survey of primary female caregivers during their child's 4-month well-child visit. Our objectives were to document current caregiver awareness of infant feeding guidelines, and calculate the frequency of and reasons for early introduction of solid foods. Questionnaires were completed for 102 children. Forty-five respondents (44%) introduced solids at less than 4 months of age. Hispanic caregivers, OR 0.2 (0.07-0.9), and those who breastfed (partial or exclusive), OR 0.4 (0.2-0.9), were less likely to introduce cereal at less than 4 months of age. Among caregivers who introduced solids at less than 4 months, 36 (80%) stated that the child was not satisfied with formula or breast milk alone and 24 (53%) stated that solids helped the child sleep better at night. Thirty-four caregivers (76%) who started solids at less than 4 months were aware of guidelines regarding proper infant feeding practices. Despite knowledge of infant feeding guidelines, female caregivers frequently introduce solids at less than 4 months of age. Early targeted anticipatory guidance is needed to address the most common reasons caregivers begin solid foods before the recommended age.
Michael Crocetti; Robert Dudas; Scott Krugman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical pediatrics     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0009-9228     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Pediatr (Phila)     Publication Date:    2004 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-12     Completed Date:  2005-01-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372606     Medline TA:  Clin Pediatr (Phila)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  541-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Breast Feeding / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data
Caregivers / education,  statistics & numerical data
Cross-Sectional Studies
Feeding Behavior / classification,  ethnology
Infant Food / classification,  standards*
Parents / education,  psychology*

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