The period of introducing solid foods is a vulnerable time for infants. Good nutrition in the transition to solid foods provides the foundation for lifelong nutritional health. Parents often ask their GPs about when and how to introduce solids (complementary foods). This article is a practical guide for GPs to support parents to introduce solids, covering when, what and how much, with practice tips and advice about premature infants.
Infants experience rapid growth, development and changes in feeding skills during the first year of life. Parents frequently present to GPs with questions and confusion about the ‘when, what and how’ of infant nutrition. Providing up-to-date recommendations and screening for signs of nutritional deficits may improve health both in infancy and later life.1