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How To Thicken Formula With Rice Cereal
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
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
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
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 It is outdated.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
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
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
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
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
My 8 week old baby has an acid reflux. Is it safe to add rice cereal to his formula and will it help?
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?
7month baby how much water can drink on a day? Eat purée potato, rice cereal, oatmeal cereal. Wet diapers all time but urine are very yellow.formula feed
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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