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What type of cereal should I start my 6 month old on as her first solid?

What type of cereal should I start my 6 month old on as her first solid?

First cereal: This would depend on the consistency of her stools. Any of the single grain cereals (oatmeal, rice or barley) are ok. If her stools are on the looser side than rice, if on the harder side than oatmeal. Thanks for consulting Healthtap. :) ...Read more

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Can I skip rice cereal/oatmeal/whole grains for my 6 month old and go straight to veggies & fruits?

Can I skip rice cereal/oatmeal/whole grains for my 6 month old and go straight to veggies & fruits?

Yes: The common recommendation is to start with cereals, specifically rice cereal. That said, there is no reason to require that as the first step. You could start with a vegetable, preferably yellow/orange type, or with a fruit. But include the cereals in the advancement of the diet, don't skip them altogether. By 6 months, the baby should get 2 servings daily of each, cereal, fruit, vegetable. ...Read more

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6 month old with eczema with weeping neck and leg rash. Atm, bf and feeding rice cereal, fruits and veggies. Any advice what to do?

6 month old with eczema with weeping neck and leg rash. Atm, bf and feeding rice cereal, fruits and veggies. Any advice what to do?

Severe eczema: Weeping rash in this young age should be seen in an office and best to see ur pediatrician and ask for a referral to a dermatologist. Also, they now have blood tests for allergen testing so you do not have to wait for the baby tog et older for skin testing to see what measures will help with the eczema. ...Read more

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My 6 mo old is on formula/baby food. Should I put rice cereal in bottle before bed? Is it bad for teeth for him to wake up and eat at night?

My 6 mo old is on formula/baby food.  Should I put rice cereal in bottle before bed?  Is it bad for teeth for him to wake up and eat at night?

Bad habits: A baby should be taught to eat waking up, and never when going to bed. Cereal in the bottle has never produced a proven benefit on university study. If you teach a baby to include eating as a bedtime ritual, expect 4X the number of sleep issues than those without. ...Read more

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At what age should a baby be reaching out for their parents to pick them up? Or reaching towards them? My 6 mo. old reaches for food & toys but notus

At what age should a baby be reaching out for their parents to pick them up? Or reaching towards them? My 6 mo. old reaches for food & toys but notus

6- mo.-olds learn : Some things " by accident". When he reaches up with his hands & looks at your face, respond by smiling & picking him up. He should repeat the behavior, an early sign of social communication. He should regard your face, babble interactively, roll a ball back toward you & show stranger anxiety. Use the screens on first signs.org. If concerned, use www.mofirststeps.com/UI/Referral/ReferralOnline.aspx ...Read more

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Is it normal when teething that a 6-month old would eat fewer solids and revert back to more bottles? The corner of his lips are a bit red and raw

Is it normal when teething that a 6-month old would eat fewer solids and revert back to more bottles? The corner of his lips are a bit red and raw

Possible yeast: Sounds like your youngster might have a yeast infection sometimes caused thrush or candidiasis. Typically, causes white cottage cheesy looking spots on the inner cheeks or tongue. The corners of the mouth is a common area for it to occur while teething as it is always wet from extra drooling and yeast loves warm, moist spots and so is chief culprit in diaper rash as well. Your doctor can give rx ...Read more

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What kind of cereals can 14 month old child can eat?

What kind of cereals can 14 month old child can eat?

Most: Simple cereals such as cherrios are a good source of nutrition. Avoid cereals high in sugar content. Depending on her dentition you might want to avoid cereals that have particles and are hard to chew. Special K with strawberries is another fun cereal that Toddlers enjoy. ...Read more

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What do I do if my 6 month old doesn't want to eat baby food anymore?

What do I do if my 6 month old doesn't want to eat baby food anymore?

Several options: There is nothing wrong with preparing your own food. But extra acidity, fats etc are not necessary.Also, waiting a few more months for dairy is still recommended. Remember that if you are patient and the baby is really hungry, he will tend to eat.Also, some babies when teething have this happen. But this phase does pass. ...Read more

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How many jars of baby food is my 6 month old supposed to eat per feeding session?

How many jars of baby food is my 6 month old supposed to eat per feeding session?

Why keep score: Breast milk or formula will provide all the proper nutrition for the first year & there is no benefit in elaborate meal plans for baby. Solid feeds @ 6m are designed to introduce texture & begin training in another form of eating. An ounce or 2 in paste form made from dry cereal is fine. Adding a new food weekly & introducing some table foods over time will bridge the gap to table foods. ...Read more

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What could be wrong with my 6 month old. She's not wanting to eat?

What could be wrong with my 6 month old. She's not wanting to eat?

Your six : Month old baby is not feeling good. She is trying to tell you something. Please take her to the doctor first thing in the morning if she is still not eating, running a fever, decrease voids, fussy or having problems with breathing. In the meantime, offer her the bottle as often as you can. Keeping down half an ounce every half hour is better than nothing. Tylenol (acetaminophen) if with fever. Make her comfortable. ...Read more

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My 6-month-old wakes up at least twice at night to eat. Is there a technique to stop this?

My 6-month-old wakes up at least twice at night to eat.  Is there a technique to stop this?

Absolutely!: By this age, babies should sleep at least 6 hours straight, so it's time to work on this. If he has plenty of breast milk or formula (and baby food) during the day, give him as much as he wants of solids and milk right before bed, then put him in his crib in his room sleepy but not asleep. If he cries, every 10-15 min. Go in and gently pat his back a few times and leave; if he wakes, do the same. ...Read more

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6 month old is really interested in the food I eat so I share little bits here and there with her. Is it okay to do so this early?

6 month old is really interested in the food I eat so I share little bits here and there with her. Is it okay to do so this early?

Yes: As long as you keep track of the item and try to avoid anything else new for a few days, it is fine. A diet calendar listing any possible symptoms like diarrhea or hives over the next few days can help you decide which foods are always safe and which may cause reactions. Also avoid salty or seasoned foods. Baby may want to share in your food, but that doesn't mean their gut is ready for the item. ...Read more

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Help 6 month old only likes to eat puréed fruits and yohgurt doesn't like anything I feed him for dinner like pumpkin and potato. What can I do?

Help 6 month old only likes to eat puréed fruits and yohgurt doesn't like anything I feed him for dinner like pumpkin and potato. What can I do?

Why the rush: Infants have no biological need for solids for the first year and beyond. Breast milk or formula contains all the nutrients they need to thrive. As a culture, we want to get our kids to table feed at some point but there is no rush. Some infants will need to be offered a new item up to 25 times before they are interested. Relax and try to enjoy this stage. ...Read more

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How do I get my 7 month old to eat if she only likes peas and rice cereal?

How do I get my 7 month old to eat if she only likes peas and rice cereal?

Be patient: At 7m that's plenty. Bm or formula provides balanced nutrition for the first year & solids at this age is more to introduce texture & alternative feeding methods. There is no scorecard to fill. Having baby feed in a highchair at mealtime may draw baby into wanting to sample what you eat. If you cam plan meals to include something you can mash up & offer you might skip jars altogether. ...Read more

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We are trying to do the food allergy test on my 6 month old but he won't eat any of the vegetables we've tried. What do I do?

We are trying to do the food allergy test on my 6 month old but he won't eat any of the vegetables we've tried.  What do I do?

Plan B: There are various ways to get information on food alllergies for your child. Bloodwork can provide suggestion of food allerrgies. Skin tests, though uncomfortable, provide added info. The food challange is by far the most reliable of the three but requires babies cooperation. I generally don't food test kids this young unless they have eczema, chronic nasal drainage & infections etc. ...Read more

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7-month-old is constipated. 3 days no poop. Coincides w starting to eat rice cereal, tho doesn't eat much. Have given prune purée. What else to do?

7-month-old is constipated. 3 days no poop. Coincides w starting to eat rice cereal, tho doesn't eat much. Have given prune purée. What else to do?

Stop the cereal: Stopping the cereal for now and resume the usual food/milk and your baby should be back to normal in a day or two. If baby is comfortable, do nothing except above. If uncofmortable/straining hard etc. A gentle enema will likely result in a bm in 30-60 minutes. If not better in a couple of days, check with doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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My baby 6 month old has cough week ago and still it is productive cough with no symptoms he eat well and happy I do not see any sputum i just hear it?

My baby 6 month old has cough week ago and still it is productive cough with no symptoms he eat well and happy I do not see any sputum i just hear it?

6 months old : With productive cough should not be a concern unless your baby is not eating nor drinking. It is good your baby is coughing it up — the mucus. Consult with your pediatrician if your baby developed fever, labored breathing, retracting, wheezing, fussy, restless and cough had worsened ...Read more

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My baby 6 month old has cough week ago and still it is productive cough with no symptoms he eat well and happy I do not see any sputum i just hear it?

My baby 6 month old has cough week ago and still it is productive cough with no symptoms he eat well and happy I do not see any sputum i just hear it?

Sick baby: Your baby is probably fine, but if you have any significant questions about its health the best thing to do would be to have them seen by a pediatrician. Always better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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My 7 1/2 month old girl refuses solid food. She doesn't eat veggie or cereal but love jar of fruit. Is it okay she eats only fruit during the day?

My 7 1/2 month old girl refuses solid food. She doesn't eat veggie or cereal but love jar of fruit. Is it okay she eats only fruit during the day?

Reply: When it comes to taste of the food babies love sweet taste and get hooked on to the fruit sauces easily as compared to the bland/ salty flavor of veggies and cereal. Try to keep giving veggies and cereal too for variety. At this age infant should eat three meals a day besides formula feeds. Introduce one new food every week. ...Read more

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6 month old is vomiting when I try to feed her clear like with flem. Projectile vomit no fever not cranky but won't eat just vomits what's my next step?

6 month old is vomiting when I try to feed her clear like with flem.  Projectile vomit no fever not cranky but won't eat just vomits what's my next step?

Many reasons: If vomitting is continous then he need to be seen in er, pyloric stenosis need to be evaluated.
If occassional vomiting then it may be ge reflux, again see your doctor. ...Read more

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What would cause my six month old to stop taking his bottles he used to eat 6 oz now he only eats 1-2 oz every few hours I don't think it's teething?

What would cause my six month old to stop taking his bottles he used to eat 6 oz now he only eats 1-2 oz every few hours I don't think it's teething?

See doctor: I can't tell you why your baby is not eating well. There may be an oral virus, thrush or an infection going on. Any fever or crankiness? Get him checked. Meanwhile, get him to eat and drink so he does not become dehydrated. ...Read more

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How much weight should a 6-month-old baby boy gain approximately?

How much weight should a 6-month-old baby boy gain approximately?

Double birth weight: By 5 months. The average baby gains 5-7 ounces per week up to age 6 months and has doubled his birth weight. He will gain between 3-5 ounces per week after 6 months and triple his birth weight by 12 months. ...Read more

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Can I change my 6 month old babys formula feed from nan pro 1 to nan pro 2?.how much ml will a 6-month old require for a feed

Can I change my 6 month old babys formula feed from nan pro 1 to nan pro 2?.how much ml will a 6-month old require for a feed

By 6 months , a baby: typically, consumes 6 to 8 ounces (180–240 ml) at each of four or five feedings in twenty-four hours. Since NAN PRO 2 is sold in the U.S., it must have FDA approval for use in 6-12 month old babies. See www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Amount-and-Schedule-of-Formula-Feedings.aspx for advice on nutrition & other topics. ...Read more