Children at an increased risk of type 1 diabetes who were fed cereals between the ages of 0 and 3 months and at age 7 months or older had an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes later in life.
The results suggest that exposing susceptible children to cereal during certain ages increases their risk of type 1 diabetes.
Journal of the American Medical Association October 1, 2003;290(13):1713-20
Insulin-dependent-diabetes is one of the worst chronic diseases to acquire as insulin is one of the major physical causes of disease.
Previous studies have shown that pasteurized cow's milk may be a factor for diabetes. This study looked for that link and did not find one, but they did learn that cereals should be avoided.
Cereal is one of the first solid foods to be introduced into the infant diet and most pediatricians encourage their patients to start these foods at about 4 to 6 months of age. Since this study found that cereals introduced before the age of 4 months or after the age of 7 months increased the risk of insulin dependent diabetes in the children, does that mean we should be sure and start all our infants on rice cereal between the ages of 4 and 7 months?
Absolutely not. I can't explain why they appear to get a reprieve during that time, but if you have read my Total Health Program you will know that there are a large variety of other reasons to avoid grains, even in infants. Infants will do just fine with a vegetable source of carbs. So do your child a favor and give them veggies rather than cereal.