Introducing Complementary Foods in the First Year of Life

Pediatr Med Chir. 2017 Dec 22;39(4):186. doi: 10.4081/pmc.2017.186.


Introduction of solid foods is a fundamental step in the development of an individual. There are many implications that weaning contains not only on a nutritional plan, but also on the contingent and long-term health of an individual. Over time this nutritional passage has evolved through the acquisition of new knowledge about maturation of anatomical and neurosensory structures involved in all the phases of such a complex process. The understanding of a maturing taste of infant and cultural changes is another key to understand the evolution of introduction of solid foods in infants. What is contained in this text encapsulates thus the evolutionary path of weaning in recent years, showing current trends in the light of cultural changes and new scientific acquisitions.

Keywords: Complementary food; newborn; weaning..

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Breast Feeding*
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Food*
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Weaning