does rice cereal make babys constipated?

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I was giving my 5month old it twice a day and he started straining to have a bowel movement and when he did get a little out it was very dry and hard.

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Nic - posted on 08/14/2009

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Absolutely YES! Rice cereal is very constipating! My doctor has confirmed this. My daughter has tummy troubles so we waited until 6 months old and then started her on root vegetables (carrot, sweet potatoes) first. I found if I fed her baby cereal she would get very constipated. For cereal I now feed her wholegrain oatmeal made from scratch (I freeze portions) with fruit (she is 10 months old). I offer her water throughout the day and she hasn't had anymore constipation. GOOD LUCK!

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I would try mixing the cereal a little runnier. If it is a new food, try just a small amount once a day and slowly increase it. My guy just started rice cereal and meats. The doctor said give him meats also to provide more iron and zinc. I guess it's for breastfed babies to help out. In the mornging I mix about 1.5oz of formula or breast milk with just enough cereal to make it a soft paste. Then, he gets half a jar of meats in the evening. His stools are more pasty now, but he hasn't had any dry ones. He also will only have a BM every 2-3 days now.

April - posted on 08/13/2009

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no it shouldn't. what r u using to mix it with? you may want to try mixing it with your breast milk or if the constipation continues, its ok to give them like a 4 oz bottle of watered down apple juice to help. my daughter became horribly constipated when we were going from breast milk to formula and it had to do with the type of formula and the alloted time you need to let thier tummies adjust.

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Rebecca - posted on 08/16/2009

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My son got very constipated from the rice cereal (as well as too many baby mum mum's) It was to the point where we had to give suppositories and stool softeners to get things "moving". He is 2 1/2 yrs now and still cant eat rice without getting bunged up. So Im sure that could be contributing to your babys constipation. I gave my son Barley and Oat cereal I plan to do the same with my now 3 month old daughter once she is 6 months or so...I just dont want to go through the whole thing again with her. You can give a bit of watered down prune juice, or even better Pear juice (dosnt give baby cramps like prunes do) that might help to get thing moving.

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Yes, my daughter didn't consume much water or juice, so she basically relied on breastmilk for liquid. When she started solids at 7 mos, she was almost constipated every few days. Constipation brought a lot discomfort and she would stall or rather "hoard" her stools to avoid passing motion. When the stools don't come out and stay in longer, they are dryer and harder to push out. I'd say give your infant some water now that you've started her on solids.

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his doctor also said not to start him on meat until he was 9 months...why are some doctors advice contradicting with others? that seems to happen a lot, one told me he needed a vitamin d supplement while others said not until 6months.....I have started giving him a half jar of 1st fruits instead of one of the cereal feedings and started giving him the oatmeal cereal instead of the rice.

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I am mixing it with my breast milk, as for why i am giving it before 6mounths he was very interested in food and he meets all the criteria to start him of solids

Elena - posted on 08/13/2009

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it made my son constipated, boiled cooled water helped a little but when we started veggies and fruit instead he was fine

Karena - posted on 08/13/2009

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Breastfed babies should have nothing but breastmilk untill at least 6 months. No cereal, juice water, nothing but breastmilk. That is the recommendation of the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics, which means that dr's should be telling moms to wait untill 6 months.
http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/comp...
What is causing the constipation is probably the fact that the cereal is iron fortified, iron causes constipation.

Heather - posted on 08/13/2009

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my 4 month old got constipated on rice so i switched to oatmeal cereal. It is still a single grain so its ok. I checked with my doctor. He stopped being constipated.

DEE - posted on 08/13/2009

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His bodies got 2 get used 2 solid food, try cooled boiled water, it helped my son!

Eirini - posted on 08/13/2009

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Is this something new you are introducing to your son if it is then his system is not quite used to it yet...try only giving it to him once a day and introduce a fruit like prunes or a veggie..also up his fluids...you can give him juice now mix it one ounce juice to one ounce water...try apple prune or motts has a great juice that is already mixed its apple juice with purified water ..hope this helped...good luck!

Sara - posted on 08/13/2009

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Since infants don't have the digestive enzymes to handle carbohydrates until they're closer to 2 years old, I'd say it's pretty likely that it is the cause of constipation. If you're still breastfeeding, you don't need to give your baby cereal. You can wait until your little one is closer to 6 months, then offer a fruit or vegetable instead. :) It's less likely to cause digestive issues like constipation/gas.

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