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Boletín médico del Hospital Infantil de México

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ROMERO-VELARDE, Enrique et al. Guidelines for complementary feeding in healthy infants. Bol. Med. Hosp. Infant. Mex. [online]. 2016, vol.73, n.5, pp.338-356. ISSN 1665-1146.

A proper nutrition during the first two years of life is critical to reach the full potential of every human being; now, this period is recognized as a critical window for promoting optimal growth, development, and good health. Therefore, adequate feeding at this stage of life has an impact on health, nutritional status, growth and development of children; not only in the short term, but in the medium and long term. This paper provides recommendations on complementary feeding (CF) presented as questions or statements that are important for those who take care for children during this stage of life. For example: When to start complementary feedings: 4 or 6 months of age?; Exposure to potentially allergenic foods; Introduction of sweetened beverages; Use of artificial sweeteners and light products; Food introduction sequence; Food consistency changes according to neurological maturation; Number of days to test acceptance and tolerance to new foods; Amounts for each meal; Inadequate complementary feeding practices; Myths and realities of complementary feeding; Developmental milestones; Practice of “Baby Led Weaning” and practice of vegetarianism.

Palabras llave : Complementary feedings; Healthy infants; Recommendations.

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