Solid food timing affects diabetes risk in children

According to findings from the US DAISY longitudinal observational study, there may be a “safe window” at around four to five months of age in which to introduce solids, and these solids should also be introduced while continuing to breastfeed, to minimise the risk.

Early (<4 months) and late (>6 months) introduction of solids conferred double and triple the risk of type 1 diabetes respectively, according to findings from the prospective study of 1835 children who were at increased risk of the disorder due to susceptible alleles in the HLA region.