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When can I start feeding my baby oatmeal and cereal?

When can I start feeding my baby oatmeal and cereal?

4-6 months: The american academy of pediatrics recommends exclusive nursing for the first 6 months of life, when possible. Solid foods can be started as early as 4 months and should be started no later than 6 months. Most pediatricians recommend the infant cereals (rice, oatmeal, barley) as the first foods to introduce. ...Read more

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I've been giving my baby oatmeal cereal for about 3 weeks now. Can I give him organic jar food that's for 4+ months babies? He's 5 months now.

I've been giving my baby oatmeal cereal for about 3 weeks now. Can I give him organic jar food that's for 4+ months babies? He's 5 months now.

What's the hurry: 50 years ago infants were fed solids early & frequently to make up for deficiencies in the evaporated milk formulas moms made at home. Today early feeds are an antiquated practice & do not add to the child's nutrition.Today solids are viewed as a tutorial to transition baby to the table. Starting at 6m as the tongue thrust fades & baby begins to sit is early enough. ...Read more

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How many times in a day&what's the best time will I feed oatmeal cereal to my 6mos old baby? When can I start other foods after a month of cereal?

How many times in a day&what's the best time will I feed oatmeal cereal to my 6mos old baby? When can I start other foods after a month of cereal?

Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more

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4 mo. Old baby has been breast-fed only, we fed him some baby oatmeal cereal & now he has not pooped for 4 days (previously daily pooping), advise?

4 mo. Old baby has been breast-fed only, we fed him some baby oatmeal cereal & now he has not pooped for 4 days (previously daily pooping), advise?

Probably OK: It is not unusual for babies to have change in stool pattern when you introduce cereal. Also, it is normal for breastfed babies to have longer periods of time with no stools. Breast milk is the perfect baby food, thus there is less "waste" so to speak. If the baby's stomach is not distended, and he has a large soft stool infrequently this is not constipation requiring intervention. ...Read more

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Daughter is 10 1/2 mnths. When can I feed her regular oatmeal and regular rice instead of the gerber cereals?

Daughter is 10 1/2 mnths. When can I feed her regular oatmeal and regular rice instead of the gerber cereals?

When she decides: You can try these at any point, but many infants will reject new items based on texture or their novelty. You can puree any common staple at this point and find a texture that the kid may except. ...Read more

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Does putting oatmeal or cereal in baby bottle make them feel fuller?

Does putting oatmeal or cereal in baby bottle make them feel fuller?

That is a theory: That many weary parents during growth spurts wish could be helpful to get them to sleep longer. The risk you run, is developing a food allergy. Many people try to offer thickened formula or breast milk a little too soon than what is generally recommended. Ask your pediatrician what their experience has been with that. If definitely depends on the age of the baby. ...Read more

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When starting baby on cereal does it matter if I use rice or oatmeal? What is the difference for the baby?

When starting baby on cereal does it matter if I use rice or oatmeal? What is the difference for the baby?

Does not matter: Most of the time we start with rice as it is technically less allergenic. I skip cereal and suggest making whole grain rice and puree it like a cereal. Can do the same with oatmeal. No difference for baby. If you are doing a gluten free diet then no oatmeal. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your baby is allergic to rice or oatmeal cereal?

How can you tell if your baby is allergic to rice or oatmeal cereal?

Food allergy: Allergy to these two foods is rare in my experience; they are well tolerated as first foods by the vast majority of infants older than 6 months. Symptoms of allergy could include vomiting, crampy diarrhea and occasionally a flare -up of pre-existing eczema. Anemia and failure to gain weight/height could indicate coeliac syndrome. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of baby oatmeal vs. Rice cereal as baby's very first solid food?

What are the pros and cons of baby oatmeal vs. Rice cereal as baby's very first solid food?

Your choice: There is a lot of back and forth on the internet about which is better. I personally don't think it is a huge difference. I DO think rice cereal is more constipating than single grain oatmeal. ...Read more

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Can I give my baby oatmeal cereal instead of rice cereal when she's 4 month old? I read rice cereal contains arsenic and it can harm my baby.

Can I give my baby oatmeal cereal instead of rice cereal when she's 4 month old? I read rice cereal contains arsenic and it can harm my baby.

Start at 6 months: Start solids at 6 months of age. Rice cereal contains arsenic. Wise to use fortified oatmeal instead of rice cereal. More about arsenic and rice cereal. Http://www. Health. Harvard. Edu/blog/fda-warns-parents-about-arsenic-in-rice-cereal-201604059473 More about why rice cereal is not a good first food. Https://www. Drgreene. Com/whiteout-faq/ ...Read more

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Just started my colic 5month old baby gerber oatmeal cereal, how do I know if she is allergic to the meal cos she is still colic and am confused?

Just started my colic 5month old baby gerber oatmeal cereal, how do I know if she is allergic to the meal cos she is still colic and am confused?

Colic or teething: Oatmeal is a bland cereal and is least likely to cause problems. At this she is probably teething and you maybe mistaking teething for colic. In general infants outgrow colic by three months of age. ...Read more

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Baby 5 months has had barely, rice and oatmeal cereal and a bit of chicken puree. I make my own baby food and was going to start with carrots advice?

Baby 5 months has had barely, rice and oatmeal cereal and a bit of chicken puree. I make my own baby food and was going to start with carrots advice?

Unnecessary: 50 years ago infants were fed solids early & frequently to make up for deficiencies in the evaporated milk formulas moms made at home. Today early feeds are an antiquated practice & do not add to the child's nutrition. Today solids are viewed as a tutorial to transition baby to the table. Starting at 6m as the tongue thrust fades & baby begins to sit is early enough. ...Read more

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When can I start giving my 19 week old oatmeal cereal twice a day?

When can I start giving my 19 week old oatmeal cereal twice a day?

Call your doctor: Offering advice about small children requires knowledge specific yo you and your child. The doctor's office should be able to help. If you don't have a doctor, go to the Public Health Department. ...Read more

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Whate are the differences between rice and oatmeal cereals? Is there a benefit to more one than the other?

Yes: Rice cereal is thinner when mixed and easier to swallow in the transsition from sucking to eating. It is also less allergenic. Oatmeal cereal is thicker and more caloric, whic is a good progression from rice cereal to chewing. ...Read more

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Whenever I eat dinner I am bloated with excessive air - I eat quickly and often don't chew thoroughly, but I wonder if I am intolerant to some types of foods? This really doesn't occur with breakfast or lunch, oddly, but I only have oatmeal or cereal

Whenever I eat dinner I am bloated with excessive air - I eat quickly and often don't chew thoroughly, but I wonder if I am intolerant to some types of foods? This really doesn't occur with breakfast or lunch, oddly, but I only have oatmeal or cereal

Bloating: When you eat fast you do not chew properly and you also swallow a lot of air. I would first try to eat slowly and chew your food. See if that changes things. Also avoid gassy foods like cauliflower, beans, chic peas etc.. ...Read more

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I have to cut on carbs. Can I have quaker oatmeal and cereal drink instead of whitebread? . im 33.3weks preg. Pls help?

I have to cut on carbs. Can I have quaker oatmeal and cereal drink instead of whitebread? . im 33.3weks preg. Pls help?

Depends on amount: I'm not sure what you mean by saying, "I have to CUT on carbs" since both oatmeal & cereal drink are going to have carbs as well. If you mean actual # OF CALORIES then, you must know the comparison between a slice of white bread & the other items. If you mean # calories FROM carbs then, again same thing. Wheat or Whole grain better is better than white to start. In the end depends on amounts. ...Read more