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Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007

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Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007
Textbook Problem

Which of the following statements is accurate?

  1. a.   Formula-fed infants are ready for complementary foods at 4 months of age.
  2. b.   A delayed introduction of solid foods is recommended for infants with a family history of food allergies.
  3. c.   Complementary foods high in iron and zinc are recommended for breastfed infants.
  4. d.   Use of commercially prepared baby foods can reduce the risk of food allergy.

Summary Introduction

Introduction: Complementary food is usually included in dietary plans to assist balanced nutritional benefits. These include semisolids, liquid, and solids that needed to be introduced in the diet of an infant besides breast milk or formula milk, usually after the six months of age. A complementary food provides the essential nutrients that are required for the growth and development of the infant, but have to be selected carefully in order to avoid the advent of untoward nutritional imbalance.

Explanation

Reason for the correct answer:

Option c. is given as “Complementary foods high in iron and zinc are recommended for breastfed infants”.

Iron and zinc store from fetal life, usually last four to six months of age, after which there is an increased demand of these minerals. The demand is not usually met with breastfeeding or by using formula milk. Therefore, a complementary food that is rich in these minerals is recommended for the breastfed infants.

Hence, option c. is correct.

Reasons for the incorrect answers:

Option a. is given as “Formula-fed infants are ready for complementary foods at 4 months of age”.

Formula-fed infants can be ready for complementary food any time between four to six months depending on the infant needs and that is before six months. Hence, option a. is incorrect.

Option b...

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