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When can I put rice cereal in baby's formula?

When can I put rice cereal in baby's formula?

Rice cereal: My recommendation for rice cereal is when your baby can sit upright and try to eat from a spoon. Don't put it in the bottle. In practice, this ends up closer to six months, but you can introduce it sooner. Let the baby decide. ...Read more

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Is a pinch of rice cereal ok to put in my 3 week olds formula?

Is a pinch of rice cereal ok to put in my 3 week olds formula?

Not unless doc says: Putting rice cereal in infant's formula is not a good idea. If you are just trying to satisfy for a longer interval between feeds because they want to eat so often, it's a really bad idea. They are signaling to you they need more formula and calories, not filling them up with their systems are not designed to handle. If they are refluxing baby, doc may suggest it, but only under close supervision. ...Read more

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Can I give a 1-month-old rice cereal in his formula?

Can I give a 1-month-old rice cereal in his formula?

Why ??: Such additives do not improve the babies nutrition. Occasionally a doc will recommend this to help with reflux, but beyond this I don't recommend it. The introduction of cereals and other solids should wait until infants tongue thrust fades and they sit around 6 mo. When offered it should be on a spoon as a paste. That helps teach baby a new feeding method as they get old enough to enjoy it. ...Read more

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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 It is outdated.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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Can I give my 2 month old a pinch of rice cereal in his formula?

Why ???: The formula is blended to give the properly balanced nutrition to baby & doesn't need additives. If the doc suggests thickening the formula for treating spit up, you can add formula powder. Cereals should be offered off a spoon as part of training to eat table foods. ...Read more

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I am starting my 4 month old on rice cereal do I put it in a bottle or spoon-feed him? He is formula feed.

I am starting my 4 month old on rice cereal do I put it in a bottle or spoon-feed him?  He is formula feed.

Spoon: I spoon-feed to teach the baby how to do it for the future. Some babies have the coordination to do so, some do not. But it does not hurt. ...Read more

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Green mucuosy specks on a 3-month old that has been feeding rice cereal exclusively because of intolerance to all formulas. Is it normal?

Green mucuosy specks on a 3-month old that has been feeding rice cereal exclusively because of intolerance to all formulas. Is it normal?

No, rice cereal does: Not provide the necessary nutrients for a 3-month old to be able to grow & develop normally. Your baby needs to be evaluated & treated by the pediatric specialists in gastroenterology (disorders of the stomach & intestines) & nutrition at the Hospital Infantil Dr. Robert Reid Cabral right there in Santo Domingo. I believe Dr. Milena Cabrera Maldonado heads the unit. Please don't delay. ...Read more

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Lincoln is just about 5 months old, we're starting to feed him rice cereal in addition to his formula. When he's six months, how do we know how much s?

Lincoln is just about 5 months old, we're starting to feed him rice cereal in addition to his formula. When he's six months, how do we know how much s?

Not set plan: In the first year most infants get the majority of their calories from breast milk or formula. When adding solid food the most important role is a good experience with food, learning to move a bolus of food and swallow and determine any allergies. Always give one food at a time for at least 3-5 days then continue to build. Start with once or twice a day and move up as your baby desires. ...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?

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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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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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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4 mth old on rice cereal but still spits up a lot what formula/brand to help reduce the spitting up? Loves to b on her belly is able to roll over

If she has: Gastroesophageal reflux, this can last till about 8-12 months. There is no particular formula that will help. If she has a formula allergy or intolerance, there could be a specific formula to use. I would suggest discussing this further with her doctor, especially if it is affecting her growth/weight gain. ...Read more

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Can I mix rice cereal and forumla & feed it to my 4 month old baby?

Can I mix rice cereal and forumla & feed it to my 4 month old baby?

Rice cereal: The purists will tell you to wait until your child is six months old. However, if he weighs 13-16 pounds you can give him cereal especially if he's hungry. ...Read more

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Is there any healthier alternatives to rice cereal for my baby?

Is there any healthier alternatives to rice cereal for my baby?

Yes: Solids are started at 4 months old. Your baby can have other alternatives like oatmeal, barley, vegetables and fruits- first stage 4-6 months old. Try one kind of food for 4-7 days in case of allergic reactions.2nd stage from 6-9months old. ...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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Which is more nutritious for my baby: BeechNut or Earth's Best rice cereal?

Which is more nutritious for my baby: BeechNut or Earth's Best rice cereal?

Products: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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When can I start introducing rice cereal? And what's the best way to go about it?

When can I start introducing rice cereal? And what's the best way to go about it?

Rice cereal: Rice cereal is generally introduced at 4 months of age. Developmentally your baby will let you know when he/she is ready. A baby should be able to move the solid from the front to the back of the mouth as opposed to spitting it out. Generally start with smaller amounts such as 1 tablespoonful and gradually increase the amount. ...Read more

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When can I stop giving my son rice cereal. He eats veggies now. Do those become 3 times a day?

When can I stop giving my son rice cereal. He eats veggies now. Do those become 3 times a day?

Rotate: You may want to rotate to different types of cereal and if he has eaten various veggies, you may want to start single item fruit slowly. Build up little menus where he gets a variety of cereal with fruit or veggies. Make it fun and use foods that naturally have different colors and textures. Use " in season" produce for best nutrients. ...Read more

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I introduced rice cereal to my baby last week. I've been giving her 1 tbs in the morning and before bedtime. When, how and how much shall I give now?

I introduced rice cereal to my baby last week. I've been giving her 1 tbs in the morning and before bedtime.  When, how and how much shall I give now?

Follow baby: You can offer 1-2 tablespoons 2-3 times/day. It's not recommended to begin solids until baby shows signs of readiness (good head control, interested in your food, decreased tongue thrust). Do not force baby to finish either, follow her cues-if she leans back, doesn't open her mouth... Then she is probably done. ...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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Does my baby need rice cereal or water?

Does my baby need rice cereal or water?

Probably not: You do not mention the age of the infant, but no infant under the age of 4 months needs cereal, and water only serves to dilute the calories they are taking in. The only reason to feed the infant water is if they are vomiting, and you cannot get them to drink formula, pedialyte, or gatorade, in that order. ...Read more

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What is the deal with white rice cereal?

What is the deal with white rice cereal?

There is no deal...: It is rather safe baby food! It is just that the rice cereal is easy to mix with milk, or can be eaten by itself with decent taste, and most babies tend to do well with it... It does not cause much problem at all and I have never seen or know of any baby being allergic to rice cereal... Otherwise, I don't know of any other deal with rice cereal... Any problem/concern, consult doc... Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I give rice cereal to my 3.5 months old baby?

Can I give rice cereal to my 3.5 months old baby?

Yes,but: It does not improve babies nutrition, sleep or any other issue your friends may be promoting. Waiting until the kid can sit helps avoid problems &allows them to better participate in the process & begins the transition to eating at a table, not in your arms. ...Read more

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Gerber rice cereal at 6 weeks, is this okay to give?

Not necessary: If the baby doesn't have severe reflux and requires thickened feeds, the only thing he needs is breast milk and/or formula. At 4 months you can start it if you would like. ...Read more

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How early should I start giving my baby rice cereal?

How early should I start giving my baby rice cereal?

Cereal introduction: It is generally recommended that 4 month olds be started on one to two tablespoons of wet plain rice cereal once or twice a day with a spoon. Once you are sure that constipation is not developing, the amount and frequency of these meals can be gradually increased. ...Read more

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Is it bad to feed your 5 month old rice cereal while laying down?

Is it bad to feed your 5 month old rice cereal while laying down?

Yes: Babies start life designed to be satisfied with just the right number of calories — as long as they control the pace of eating and they are not tricked by empty calories or junk food. Better for babies to sit when eating solids and to skip processed white flour cereals altogether. See more at www.Drgreene. Com/colorin and www.Drgreene. Com/whiteout. Bon appetit! ...Read more

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At what point, if at all, do babies generally stop eating rice cereal?

At what point, if at all, do babies generally stop eating rice cereal?

Varies.: I'd stop it right away if there is constipation, otherwise whenever the child can handle grain rice. Or when you find a grain you like better. ...Read more

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Should I feed my baby rice cereal?

Should I feed my baby rice cereal?

No: Yes, if the doctor recommended adding rice cereal to breastmilk or formula as a thickener to decrease reflux/spitting symptoms. Otherwise, babies under 4 months of age do not eat baby food. They only drink breastmilk and/or formula. Baby food is started at 6 months. Some parents try giving rice cereal at 4-5 months, but that usually is not necessary. It's best to wait until 6 months. ...Read more

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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