WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - For the first time, the U.S. government included nutrition recommendations for children under the age of 2 in its dietary guidelines, which are issued every five years by the Agriculture Department and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Parents are recommended to only feed breast milk for at least six months.
Children under the age of 2 should have no added sugar in their diets.
“What they have found is that sugar introduced at a young age can cause changes with development in children,” said Dr. Kaylan Edwards, a pediatrician with Novant Health Pediatrics. “It actually teaches that need for sugar early so children will learn to crave sugar at an earlier age. The big thing is trying to set those good, healthy habits at a very young age so that sugar is not even a part of their diet.”
When it comes to guidelines for babies under 6 months old, Dr. Edwards said “breast is best” but parents should also do what’s right for them.
All of the guidelines, including those for adults, can be found here.