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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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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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


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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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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 of the 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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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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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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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 a 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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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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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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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 a 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 50's & 60's 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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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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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