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February 16, 2016

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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy … See Full Bio
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March 14, 2016

The dose makes the poison – Paracelsus
For a good bit of context, you should search “arsenic in rice” at the Genetic Literacy website. Yes, there is arsenic in rice but the levels are less of a concern than Consumer Reports imply. Most North Americans don’t eat enough rice to matter and I know we didn’t feed our baby rice cereal twice a day, every day.
Also, what does it mean to double cancer risk? From 2% to 4%? Is it even meaningful? Hard to tell but easy to cause worry.

February 21, 2016

I’m really mad that years ago I gave my kids rice cereal as a first food and held off on peanut butter and now one has an allergy! So tired of “dos and don’ts” …should have just listened to my mom instead of medical advice It changes constantly and it’s so frustrating

March 10, 2016

I totally agree with you…..for years rice cereal was good enough….now is to late to warn us…..?

Olha Parker
February 19, 2016

I absolutely agree with peanut products, the same is with pets: if there’s one in a family, baby, when grows up, has no allergy to them. And many prets are afraid of allergies and don’t let their babies contact with pets. And self-feeding is also useful, it’s interesting for kids to learn the structure of food. Thank you for these helpful tips. I reshared.

Amelia Roster
February 19, 2016

Great set of enlightening tips for parents with babies or those who are expecting babies.

February 17, 2016

I do support not giving rice cereal for its arsenic related bad effects which is not good for a baby at all. You can boil fresh vegetables, then grind it in a grinder and add some butter. Your baby will surely like it. You can also give yogurt.

Evans Ketchisman
February 16, 2016

I now no when I’m to give my child cow milk and what is good for my child also

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