Friday, March 13, 2009

Avoid feeding rice to infants

A new study has reported that rice can trigger acute form gut inflammation in some infants. Traditionally rice has been given as the first solid food to infants but it is now widely believed that rice could be harmful to the baby. Rice initiates a reaction known as FPIES which is an inflammatory behavior of the digestive system to certain types of proteins. FPIES can also be due to cow's milk, meat, soy and grains. FPIES is analogous to food allergy but it doesn't invoke the antibodies and affects only the gastrointestinal system. FPIES can be identified if the baby suffers from vomiting and diarrhea after the intake of food. Despite all this rice still remains a food item that has minimum chance of inducing an allergic reaction in adults. In a country like India where people consume rice as their major food there is no need to worry. But think twice before you feed rice to the baby.


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