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How To Add Rice Cereal For Acid Reflux In Infants
My 8 week old baby has an acid reflux. Is it safe to add rice cereal to his formula and will it help?
Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more
What do I do if my 5 month old baby has bad acid reflux? I put rice cereal in his bottle but it only makes him constipated.
I have 5 week old with silent reflux. On alimentum and prevacid (lansoprazole). Can I add rice cereal to formula to help keep it down. If so, how much and how often?
Maybe: The use of alumentus suggests there is concern for possible intolerance to some protein sources in the earlier feeds. Rice cereal will have a foreign protein source and may be a problem. The amount is somewhat arbitrary.When using cereal many add a teaspoon/4 oz. You could get a similar effect by adding some alumentum powder (same amount) and not have a new protein. The idea is to thicken fds. ...Read more
14 week old baby has reflux, on nutramigen has small pinkesh bump on neck and torso. I gave him rice cereal but suspended once I saw the reaction.
What is ?: If your question is about the rash, it is likely the rash is from the irritation of the spit-up from the reflux. Try to keep as dry as possible and change shirt right away if does get wet. You are on a very easy to digest formula. Even with that, though, reflux can still occur. Do small, more frequent feeds, keep baby upright 30 minutes after feeds. Good burping and elevate head of crib. ...Read more
Not recommended: Although everyone knows someone who did this and the child turned out just fine, it really isn't recommended. As long as your child is growing well and developing normally, they should grow out of this... Eventually. Burping well and sitting up (car seat) for a while after eating can both help. Antireflux formulas and adding rice cereal really don't do a lot to help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 2 month old has silent reflux / breastfed. Prevacid (lansoprazole) is somewhat helping. Can I give her a bit of rice cereal to help the reflux.?
GE Reflux Disease: If reflux is mild, she is gaining weight, I think, you can continue breast feeding along with other measures, like, feeding in upright position, burping after each feed, upright sleep position (45 degrees), etc. Prevacid (lansoprazole) is not the curative med for reflux, only reduces stomach acid and irritation and prevents reflux esophagitis. If these don't help, you can thicken feeding with rice cereal. ...Read more
As recommended by his pediatrician, I gave my 3 week son rice cereal for 1-2 days to help his reflux. I heard it can cause issues. What harm did I do?
No harm: This is common for kids with reflux. Many times it helps. Some argue that it has no nutritional value and is the equivalent of giving sugar. I believe that is overstated. It is gluten free and is unlikely to be associated with allergies. If you give breast milk and eat a candy bar, they'll get that too :). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How much should my 6 week old eat? She is eating 2 oz every 3 hours with rice added or acid reflux. 14-18 oz a day?
Never: Formula is balanced nutrition & adding cereals to the bottle does not make kids grow better or sleep better. About 6 mo the kid is able to sit up & participate in a feeding, & cereals can be good first food to teach baby how to manipulate solids with their tongue. This prepares baby for table foods. Early infant feeds were common in the 50s & 60s when moms made their own formula. It is outdated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the symptoms of acid reflux in infants. My baby is 3 weeks and I suspect that he has it.
Reflux: Most babies spit breast milk or formula at times. Babies with symptomatic reflux will often arch their backs and cry because of pain. If the reflux is persistent it will irritate the swallowing tube and there may be a brownish material or blood contained in the vomitus. Sometimes babies with severe reflux do not grow well. If your baby has any of these problems please be seen for diagnosis/care. ...Read more
Symptoms vary: Infants normally spit up some following ingestion of liquids. Severity of reflux is judged by volume, frequency and weight gain. Symptoms include frequent spitting up, irritability, refusal to eat, and lack of normal weight gain. If reflux or vomiting several hours after meal, means also slow gastric emptying. Antireflux meds may not help. Ugi, nm gastric emptying, ph probe tests may be used to dx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All do some: Reflux vs reflux disease: all kids/adults reflux. Burp once & u just had a dry one. Infants all do and it seems to increase a bit and peak naturally around 4m as they get stronger & generate more abdominal pressure with rolling & flexing. As long as they have no heartburn or other troublesome symptoms (barfing thru nose, wt loss) they grow out of it over time. Meds can help with symptoms. ...Read more
My infant has a mild case of acid reflux. Is it safe to let her sleep regularly in a rocker sleeper due to its incline?
I am a cereal bar before bed at 10 last night and have had acid reflux and nausea all the next day. Is it down to this or something else? What to do?
Several: There are several diet changes that can help with reflux and some of this can depend greatly on the person. Some people will get reflux with certain foods that never bother many others. Would recommend you call your physician for general advice specific for you. Certainly can decrease tomato paste and acidic and spicy foods in the meantime as a trial. Also, try to eat regularly/not skip meals. ...Read more
Unlikely!: Nystagmus is unlikely to be caused by ranitidine. It could be congenital meaning present since birth or acquired later due to several causes. He needs to be seen by a pediatric optjomologist and may be a pediatric neurologist as well. You have to rule out vision problem and neurological problems. ...Read more
Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more