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Doctor insights on: Can The Gerber Barley Cereal Cause Constipation

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Which is better for babies: BeechNut or Gerber rice cereal?

Which is better for babies: BeechNut or Gerber rice cereal?

Cannot endorse: We are not able to specifically endorse one brand over another. That being said, most mainstream products are similar. Organic products are likely superior in quality and nutritional value ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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My son is 4 months old. Can i skip cereal but still formula feed him and give him stage 1 gerber baby food?

My son is 4 months old. Can i skip cereal but still formula feed him and give him stage 1 gerber baby food?

Sure, but....: A well rounded diet would include the cereal, which in baby food is fortified with iron, something infants need in their diets. Also, encourage you talk to pediatrician about timing of solids at 4 months. Some evidence waiting until 6 months may have advantages the most important thing you are already doing -continuing breast milk or formula, which is the cornerstone of your infants diet right now. ...Read more

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Daughter is 10 1/2 mnths. When can I feed her regular oatmeal and regular rice instead of the gerber cereals?

Daughter is 10 1/2 mnths. When can I feed her regular oatmeal and regular rice instead of the gerber cereals?

When she decides: You can try these at any point, but many infants will reject new items based on texture or their novelty.You can puree any common staple at this point and find a texture that the kid may except. ...Read more

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I started my newborn on single grain Gerber rice cereal 1x a day for 2 days now. She usually poops everyday once a day and she hasnt yet. What to do?

I started my newborn on single grain Gerber rice cereal 1x a day for 2 days now. She usually poops everyday once a day and she hasnt yet. What to do?

Plugged up: I use cereals to plug up a kid naturally after they develop diarrhea. Infants don't need cereals until 6 months, so I'm curious why a newborn would get them.That was the method 50 years ago but not today.Any time you alter babies diet it can effect their stool pattern. ...Read more

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Just started my colic 5month old baby gerber oatmeal cereal, how do I know if she is allergic to the meal cos she is still colic and am confused?

Just started  my colic 5month old baby gerber oatmeal cereal, how do I know if she is allergic to the meal cos she is still colic and am confused?

Colic or teething: Oatmeal is a bland cereal and is least likely to cause problems. At this she is probably teething and you maybe mistaking teething for colic. In general infants outgrow colic by three months of age. ...Read more

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My 2 months boy is on gerber soothe but still turns res while pushing to pass gasses & to have bowel mov. Not constipated, is better enfamil gentlease?

My 2 months boy is on gerber soothe but still turns res while pushing to pass gasses & to have bowel mov. Not constipated, is better enfamil gentlease?

Formula: Gentlease is a good alternative. Many babies do very well on it. If you'd like to keep the baby on his/her current formula, a trial of probiotics might be recommended by the baby's doctor. ...Read more

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Will wheat and rice cereal cause constipation in an adult?

Will wheat and rice cereal cause constipation in an adult?

Fiber?: White rice and farina(the white bread of hot cereals) have no fiber to speak of. Brown rice has a bit more. Whole wheat cereal, e.g. Wheaten a, whole oats, e.g. Oatmeal, oat bran have more fiber. Can't have a decent stool without adequate fiber. In general, aim for 25-35gm/day. Lots of good sources of fiber, r.G. Beans, fruit/veg, whole grains. Lots of good info online. ...Read more