There are so
many conflicting reports on child development that it’s hard for parents to
know what to believe.
Take eggs. Many pediatricians recommend waiting a full
year before incorporating egg whites into a child's diet to avoid to severe allergic
reactions, but research
in the June edition of Pediatrics suggests children as young as
6 months old may develop faster
when given one egg daily.
In a randomized
controlled trial, children 6 to 9 months were split into two groups
and assigned a particular diet. The first group, consisting of 80 infants, was
given one egg per child—daily. The remaining newborns (84) did not receive any
that infants who ate one egg daily had a 47 percent lower rate of stunting
(i.e., being too short for one’s age) and their length-for-age measurement dramatically
increased. In addition, children who started eating eggs between
4 and 6 months had a 40 percent reduced risk of egg allergy compared to
children who began eating eggs later in life.
Huh. But what
if you ignored your pediatrician's advice and spoon-fed your baby scrambled
eggs before their first birthday—and
they’re still short. Is there
anything Farmer Brown can do to help a mother out?
Well, let's look to dairy once again. Real dairy. CNN
just reported that drinking non-cow milk is linked to shorter kids, meaning you might want to replace your So Delicious with real cows milk.
published Wednesday in the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that each daily cup of non-cow's milk
consumed was associated with 0.4 centimeters lower height than average for a
that children who are consuming non-cow's milk like rice, almond and soy milk
tended to be a little bit shorter than children who consumed cow's milk,"
Dr. Jonathon Maguire, the study's lead author and a pediatrician and
researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto., said. "For example, a
3-year-old child consuming three cups of non-cow's milk relative to cow's milk
was on average 1.5 centimeters shorter."
So, what have we
Eggs + cow's
milk = taller kids. Of course, talk to your pediatrician before making any significant
changes to your child's diet. And we're just the messenger here, so if this information clashes with your eating habits, remember no one is forcing anything!
Although Elsie makes a mean glass of milk, a
baby's body cannot process it the same way as ours. The rule of thumb
is to wait one year before starting in on it and before then breastmilk or formula.