Are there any known health risks to early introduction of solids to an infant's diet?
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Few studies support an association between early introduction of solid food and atopic conditions, obesity, or any other illness (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, cohort studies with mixed results). Very weak evidence suggests an increased risk of atopic dermatitis. A single cohort study found an association between early gluten exposure and increased risk of celiac disease in high-risk infants, who carry the HLA-DR3 or DR4 allele (SOR: B, single cohort study).
Journal of Family Practice, 58(4) 2009: 219-220.
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