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My 8 week old baby has an acid reflux. Is it safe to add rice cereal to his formula and will it help?

My 8 week old baby has an acid reflux. Is it safe to add rice cereal to his formula and will it help?

Depends: It may help to decrease the reflux, not necessarily the acid. A medicine such a Prevacid (lansoprazole) would help witht he acid production. I would discuss these with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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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.

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

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Rice cereal to help reflux at 9 weeks?

Rice cereal to help reflux at 9 weeks?

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 more

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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.?

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

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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?

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 more

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Rice allergy with infant? Is that ok since whiteout says rice cereal is bad anyway?

Rice allergy with infant? Is that ok since whiteout says rice cereal is bad anyway?

RICE ALLERGY?: Among the cereals when first intruducing solid foods, rice cereal is the safest. Mothers are advised to give cereals one by one to avoid allergy especially to wheat. During diarrhea, we give rice cereal to the diet. ...Read more

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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?

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?

See below: Most 6 week old children are around 4 ounces at a feeding. However, if your child is growing okay. I always let them tell you how much they want to eat at a time. ...Read more

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Baby 5 1/2m starting rice cereal likes, but sneezing some back out. Does have acid refuluxe.?

Baby 5 1/2m starting rice cereal likes, but sneezing some back out. Does have acid refuluxe.?

Probably not.: Usually reflux in infancy is worse with liquids, not solids, so if your baby hasn't been spitting up breast milk or formula, reflux is less likely as a cause. I agree with dr. Cunnar's answer; if it continues, see your baby's doctor. ...Read more

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When do you recommend adding rice cereal to baby formula?

When do you recommend adding rice cereal to baby formula?

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 more

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At what age can you start adding rice cereal to a baby's bottle at night?

At what age can you start adding rice cereal to a baby's bottle at night?

Dont need to: No need to add rice to baby's bottle unless it is for a medical reason like reflux. Starting baby foods, that is feeding rice cereal watered down with breast milk or formula and feeding it with a spoon can begin at 4 to 6mo of age. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acid reflux in infants. My baby is 3 weeks and I suspect that he has it. ?

What are the symptoms of acid reflux in infants. My baby is 3 weeks and I suspect that he has it. 
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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

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What are the symptoms for acid reflux in infants, how is it diagnosed and how is it treated?

What are the symptoms for acid reflux in infants, how is it diagnosed and how is it treated?

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 more

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How does it sound the acid reflux cough for infants?

How does it sound the acid reflux cough for infants?

Wheezing: Sounds like chocking and wheezing
as a matter of fact the acid injury can cause lung irritation and asthma ...Read more

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How do I know if my infant has acid reflux?

How do I know if my infant has acid reflux?

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

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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?

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?

Yes: Elevation will help her reflux. Rocking or movement might make it worse. If you are not noticing an increase in symptoms, there is no need to make changes. Most babies have some reflux. All the best. ...Read more

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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?

Acid reflux: Your question is a bit confusing, but there are good treatments for acid reflux. Best to talk with your doctor about how to handle it. A trial of Omeprazole (prilosec) is a common starting point in the evaluation of reflux. ...Read more

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I'm down to pretty much rice and coconut. Is there a special diet for bad acid reflux?

I'm down to pretty much rice and coconut. Is there a special diet for bad acid reflux?

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

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6 month old grandson has infant nystmus can this be caused by ranadine he took for acid reflux?

6 month old grandson has infant nystmus can this be caused by ranadine he took for acid reflux?

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

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Reflux (Definition)

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