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Old 04-06-2008, 07:43 AM   #1
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How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

My little one is now on Alimentum for colic and it is working really well for her, but since switching she is really spitting up alot (she wasnt before at all). The Dr said she is probably spitting up because Alimentum is so thin. A few friends have recommended I put a little rice cereal in it to thicken it up and see if she keeps it down a little better...but she is only a month old. So my question to all of you experiences Moms is, how soon is to soon?

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Re: How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

Giving infants cereal before 4-6 months can actually do more harm than good. Their undevelloped digestive systems cant handle anything other than breast milk or formula. Also mixing in cereal in the bottle will cause her to get full alot faster so she probably wont be taking in the amount of milk that she needs. It can also be hard for them to swallow and cause alot of problems. When your baby is ready for rice cereal I suggest not putting in a bottle, just water it down and spoon feed! That way they get the hang of it. Hope that helps.

 
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Old 04-06-2008, 11:09 AM   #3
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Re: How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

I agree completely with the other poster. Also when you arrive at the 4-6 month mark, you may see that rice constipates them as well. Best to leave it alone until your baby's digestion is ready to handle it. Sure, you will get a lot of well meaning, sweet little old ladies telling you that back in the day they gave them cereal in the hospital and how us girls today are so silly for breast feeding and etc, etc...

Please do yourself (and your baby who can't tell you her tummy hurts) a favor and disregard such advice. I really wouldn't do it especially since she is on the special formula already for her tummy.

 
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Re: How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

My baby is 3 months old and we just started rice cereal in her formula. She saw a GI specialist for her issues (I think similiar to your babies issue) and she recommended it for us. She said you typically put 1 tablespoon per ounce of formula; however, she said that is quite a bit and very thick. So, we are only putting 1 teaspoon (not tablespoon) in for every 2 ounces right now. We expanded the hole in the nipple and she takes it just fine. She drinks the same amount as well. If she were to eat a little less, it's fine because the rice cereal has calories as well and she is still gaining weight as she should. She has also started to sleep through the night (for 3 nights now)! So, we are having great luck with it; however, we were advised to do this by the specialist who knew the issues our baby was having. Also, it did not constipate her at all. She told us that if it did to use oatmeal cereal for babies instead of rice.

 
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Re: How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

I would only do it with a doctor's recommendation. It is done, like the last poster said, for babies with problems like reflux. Other than that, it doesn't help with sleeping better ect..

 
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Re: How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

As others have said, I would check with your doctor about this first. My nephew had serious allergy issues and ended up getting rice cereal in his bottle at approximately two months, but that was with a specialist's recommendation.

My daughter had stomach issues when she was a baby - we couldn't keep her on the Alimentum - and the rice cereal at even 4 months bothered her.

Definitely check with your doctor.

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Re: How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

My nephew was also on Alimentum. He is now just over a year so he's not on formula anymore. I remember when my brother first tried it on him (for colic and acid reflux), they also added a teaspoon of some kind of thickener. It looked like a formula can, the label was purple, the powder was white, but I can't remember what it was called! I think it was used for baking purposes also. Anyway...to make a long story short, Noah did amazinly well with this. It's a much better alternative than rice cereal. I will ask my brother what it was called if you'd like. Definitely steer clear of the cereal...too soon. Hope your baby gets some relief soon!
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Re: How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

Thanks so much for all the replies. I will definitely be holding off on the cereal. The Dr prescribed Zantac, Im just worried about giving my little one a prescrition so soon, so I was hoping the cereal might be a more natural alternative.

Laura - If you could find out the name of the thickener your brother used, that would be great!

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Re: How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

i started my first on rice cereal at around 2 months for the same reason, but it really didn't help her not spit up.... she did start sleeping longer though! both my siblings used rice cereal in their babies' bottles starting around 1 1/2 - 2 months and it actually did help with their babies' spitting up issues. if you are looking for a more natural alternative, rice cereal would be one to consider. you can start with small amounts at first and see how she does.

i did have my first on zantac too though. it didn't keep her from spitting up either, but i believe it protected her from all the acid that comes with spitting up, because she was the happiest baby you ever met! and that child spit up pretty much every single thing she ate! YUCK!

anyway, rice could help her to not spit up so much, but if it doesn't, or if you choose not to try it, the zantac will coat and protect her little system so that she doesn't get sore from all the spitting up.

 
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Re: How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

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Thanks so much for all the replies. I will definitely be holding off on the cereal. The Dr prescribed Zantac, Im just worried about giving my little one a prescrition so soon, so I was hoping the cereal might be a more natural alternative.

Laura - If you could find out the name of the thickener your brother used, that would be great!

Thanks again to all =)
Hi, I asked my brother and he said there are two types. One is called "Thick and Easy" by Hormel and the other is called "Thicket." He said that they keep them behind the pharmacy counter, although you do not need a prescription for them. Evidently, they are for elderly people who need help swallowing.
My nephew's pediatrician recommended it, which tells me it's completely safe. Maybe you can try asking your pharmacist about it. Hope this helps!
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Re: How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

I also had a student (I teach special needs preschoolers) who used Thick-It. It's the powder that's added to the liquid to make it thicker and for this kiddo it would allow him liquids without aspirating (spelling?). I've never given it to a baby, but I would think it would help out with some of the things you've mentioned.

 
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Re: How soon can you put rice cereal in their bottle?

My 3 week old was drinking 2 oz of formula every 2 hrs. Her pedatrician suggested we add 1 tsp of rice to every oz of formula so we could get more sleep and fill her up more. It worked for about 3 days. Then she stopped pooping for 3 days (she pooped every day before). I've since stopped the rice cereal and am still hoping for a normal poop. She has had solid bowel movements for a week now and I know it's very painful for her. The pedatrician told me to wait it out until Friday to see if it clears itself up.

So, I don't recommend it, even though our doctor did. I think she's just too young. I'd rather lose sleep than have a constipated baby. Good luck!

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