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Guidelines Help Parents Decide What's Best to Feed
Baby By Alfredo
Flores June 3, 2005
Guidelines to help parents determine what's best to feed their infants
and toddlers are being developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators.
The new guidelines, developed by the Children's Nutrition Research
in Houston, Texas, the American
Dietetic Association and Gerber Foods
Products company, fill an information gap. That's because much of the
available nutrition information has been intended mainly for children ages 2
years and up, or for infants under 6 months. The new guidelines are meant for
toddlers between those ages.
Called the "Start Healthy Feeding
Guidelines," the recommendations complement and expand--not
replace--early-feeding recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
and other expert groups. The guidelines provide practical and useful
recommendations based on scientifically sound evidence.
Taking the lead for CNRC are
Heird, both professors of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and the CNRC. The two
were part of the panel of leading pediatric experts who developed the new
guidelines, which were prompted in part by the growing problem of childhood
obesity. Health care providers need a better foundation for making infant and
toddler feeding recommendations, and they need better tools for communicating
the importance of establishing healthy habits in early childhood.
The guideline's website, http://www.gerber.com/starthealthy,
provides content from the expert panel, including a comprehensive brochure with
tips and information on feeding young children. Guideline topics include coping
with food allergies and sensitivities, how to feed infants and develop
children's self-feeding skills, and the importance of physical activity.
The CNRC is operated by Baylor in cooperation with
Texas Children's Hospital
and ARS, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.
about the research in the June 2005 issue of Agricultural Research