Rice cereal causing constipation??

Jessica - posted on 02/14/2010 ( 45 moms have responded )

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Has anyone else had issues with there baby becoming constipated when beginning to eat rice cereal?? What can I do to help him ??

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Sarah - posted on 02/24/2010

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If you add some pear juice to his bottle (or even cereal), the fruit juice will act as a natural laxative. This happened to my daughter. It may take a day or two. I usually use 1 or 2 ounces in a bottle depending on how much I'm giving her. Just once a day. The BM should soften up, but it won't cause diarrhea.

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If you're nursing, just follow up his cereal with a nursing session and it helps their digestion. It also helps to keep the cereal runny until their little tummies can digest it easier. If the constipation does happen, though, try taking his temperature rectally. It stimulates their pooping- usually before the thermometer beeps!

Erica - posted on 02/27/2010

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My oldest son had a problem with constipation, a spoonful of baby applesauce in his rice cereal really seemed to help get him regular again.

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2010

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We started both our sons 5mo. and 22mo. on green beans for the same reason and have no problems. Our doctor feels that rice cereal is not needed.

Loretta - posted on 02/24/2010

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I've fixed this in two ways...

1. I changed the cereal. I use Happy Bellies Organic Brown Rice Cereal (by Happy Baby) with DHA & Probiotics. This cereal is non-binding.

2. I mix in a little baby food Prunes. If my son was constipated for two days I gave him 1/2 of a container of Gerber's 1st Food Prunes (there are no additives, just pureed prunes with water - great for a Mom that makes her own baby food like me) and he'd have a bowel movement that day. Now I keep a couple of packs of this on hand for "emergencies".

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Lisa - posted on 02/25/2010

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I wrote this info in another question but thought it might help you out.

I started my 5 mo. old on solids a little after 4 months. We've tried sweet potato, avocado, butternut squash, bananas, and apples so far. I've been giving her about 6-8 heaping baby spoonfuls twice a day for the most part, a little less when I first started. I've made everything myself here and it's been super easy and she loves it all. I'm going to try pear and peaches soon and maybe some green beans. The problem is that I don't want to give her too much because their digestive systems aren't really that developed until 6 mo., but she keeps opening her mouth and screaming like she wants more, but when is enough, enough?

I haven't tried her on grains on advice of my friend who's a nutritionist. She told me that the grains can cause constipation and aren't as nutritious as all the vegetables. I've heard a few people here who are having troubles with constipation and cereals so I'm glad I'm holding off of those for now. She also said that if you add a little olive oil or organic butter to your veggies her system will absorb more of the nutrients. I haven't heard many people talk about that so I thought I would mention it.

This website shows you what you can give your kids at what age and gives you ways to cook them at home. Very helpful for me!

http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com

Akiko - posted on 02/24/2010

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I have started my little girl on rice cereal and fruit and veg jars. She suffers a little from constipation if her diet is mostly formula, at this point I am still breastfeeding as our medical practictioner says that they don't get the full utrition that they require from the solids they can eat yet. Having brestmilk in her diet seems to assist with constipation. She has a stool at least once a day.

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Yes, we had this issue too...we've been giving him 1 oz of apple/prune juice with 1 oz of water in a bottle, once in the morning and once in afternoon...it has helped lots!

Marsha - posted on 02/24/2010

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A little white karo syrup. just a teaspoon every other bottle. This has worked for years fro my grandmother, for my aunts..and my grandmother (who raised me) taught me this we we helped care for my cousins. It worked for both of my oldest girls, my baby girl having passed away for a while now, so i haven't gotten to see if she needed it. But I've told this home remedy to good friend who've had babies in the past few years and they all say it works.

Gentry - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son actually does well with rice cereal and the oatmeal stops him up, He was crabby like he was in pain for 2 days after he got oatmeal cereal the two days before. Switched back to rice and he is fine. Tried it again a month later and same thing, so we will try it again in another month! The prunes did help but even an entire jar after the oatmeal cereal was just enough so he could go and then he felt better. His doc told me it should be the other way around (and I understand it should, fiber and all) but not for him. His pooping habits have been strange since birth, he was breastfed and still only pooped like once a day. When he was weaned his pooping became more regular! And since I have never found his instruction manual I guess I am just going with it! :)

Courtney - posted on 02/24/2010

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Yes! My doctor recommended giving 4 ounces of water with a little bit of sugar. My son HATES the water! I am glad to see my baby isn't the only one who is struggling with pooping now that we have introduced rice cereal. I have also tried carrots hoping that a little bit of fiber/veggies would help.

Joanna - posted on 02/24/2010

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I always have a jar of the prunes to mix in. I will use the oatmeal instead of rice for awhile too.
If he is in pain then the best thing is un-petrolium jelly and a rectal thermometer and stimulate his anus. Once they poop, they're a new baby!

Jenna - posted on 02/24/2010

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Yes! I feel so bad for my little girl!! She tries so hard her eyes water! I have been giving her some baby food- peaches! Fruit helps their constipation. And then I got some baby apple juice and dilute it with water. It is helping her so much already!!! Hope it helps!

Christie - posted on 02/24/2010

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I mix in a little bit of 1st step baby food, prunes in with my little girls rice cereal.

Ashley - posted on 02/24/2010

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Rice cereal made my daughter constipated, so we switched her to oatmeal. She does fine with the oatmeal, and we haven't had any other problems.

Jessica - posted on 02/24/2010

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Yes!!! My daughter was VERY constipated every time we gave her rice cereal (even if we incorporated prunes/prune juice). After three times we stopped entirely. We just bought some baby oatmeal and plan to start on that soon. Hopefully she will have a better time with it.

Rachel - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son will be 6 months next week and I have the same problem. I feed him more fruits and vegetables than I do cereal, since cereal really doesn't have many nutritional factors in it. I give him a jar of each (size 1) and then if he's still hungry, he'll get a little cereal after. This has really seemed to help. I also do prune juice and pear juice. He doesn't like juice to much, but he love his prunes out of a jar. You can also do miralax and mix in his cereal or bottles and that has seemed to help out too. Good Luck and I hope that it gets better.

Annette - posted on 02/24/2010

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If you think he is ready to add some other foods, you could try adding prunes. That definitely helped my older son when he went through a bout of constipation around this age

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My son also became very, very constipated from rice cereal. I stopped it completely and on the advice of his pediatrician, gave him prune juice mixed with breast milk, which didn't work. Next she suggested mixing 1 tbsp. Karo syrup into 2 oz. breast milk, but this also didn't work. Next we tried the glycerine suppositories, which again, did nothing. He's now on a prescription laxative powder, which has worked great. We started him back on oatmeal last night, so we'll see how it goes. She did tell me, also, to avoid anything on the BRAT diet.

Laura - posted on 02/23/2010

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I would have to recommend drinking prune juice yourself. I know that whenever my little one is having problems in that area drinking a glass of prune juice helps her. I would also try watering down the rice cereal a little bit since that helped my daughter when we first started trying out cereal with her.

Paige - posted on 02/23/2010

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my son was constipated when we first started cereal and solids. in the beggining i mixed a tiny amount of prunes in with his cereal which helped, and now that he has been on solids for a month the problem has gone away. our doc told us that it was just his stomach getting used to digesting new and different foods

Natasha - posted on 02/23/2010

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When feeding my 5 month old...I use half a jar of fruits in the am (veggies in the pm) and just enough rice cereal to thicken it enough that its easier to eat for him (otherwise, he just spits it all back out) and he has had no problem with the bum issues!!

Mary - posted on 02/23/2010

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When my two year was little i had the same problem. I didn't want to make the same mistake with my five month old. But constipation did creep in when i introduced rice cereal. I did give him some Karo syrup (a little) in his bottle and stopped the cereal complete. He then got better. I know switched to oatmeal and he is now eating veggie baby food. He's been regular ever since.

Brianne - posted on 02/23/2010

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Yes!! my pediatrician suggested moving on to oatmeal cereal. he also recommended giving 1 oz pear juice mixed with 1 oz water 1 or 2 times a day. it worked wonders.if you do the pear juice you may want to have gas drops handy. someitmes it makes them a bit gassy.

Zoe - posted on 02/21/2010

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I had a problem with my little one with this and the only way that I found to relieve it was to massage her stomach to start to get it moving, also try giving him some diluted blackcurrant sqaush as it is always fluid that they are needing in order to make everything work and also try him with a little pro biotic yoghurt.

Reasons being that they suffer with constipation is because the intestines become lazy whilst they are on breastmilk or formula and when they are on solids, it takes a while for them to start working.

Try these things out and see how you get on, Ruby gets it every now and again but it is a lot easier to get it sorted.

Nichola - posted on 02/19/2010

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@ Meeka I appreciate ur concern...but research did not suggest that it was taboo, rather that there is a fear in the medical community that some persons would replace breast milk with dairy...in fact it is not uncommon for some Doctor to recommend yogurt as a first food...and my baby's pediatrician does... i never introduced yogurt to my first child until much later, but things were different, and Zara was ready for solid much earlier...at two months.... she is great...and I could not be happier

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My doctor said that it is common for rice cereal do cause constipation, so she actually told me to do the baby oatmeal(it looks like the box that rice cereal comes in, just says oatmeal)! That is supposed to help with the constipation-but don't over fed them because that is another way they can get constipated. Hope this helps!!

Advocacy4u2 - posted on 02/18/2010

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Nichola - I am curious, is it ok to give a very young baby (my grand daughter is only 5 months) yogurt??? It has live bacteria (good ones, for adults!!) in it. I know you can not give honey to babies because of the live bacteria..... just wondering if you knew if yogurt was medically sound for the wee ones

Nichola - posted on 02/18/2010

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I start the day with cereal from a bowl....never a bottle...mid morning I give french vanilla yoghurt/fruit (prunes are esp great to get a nice soft stool, smelly though, lol) and in the afternoonI alternate- fruit/yoghurt (both are cool and soothes my baby's gum, as she is teething)

Advocacy4u2 - posted on 02/18/2010

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oh YES!!! From what I understand (and I'm not a doc and do not play one on TV :) the way to relieve constipation is to stay away from anything on the "BRAT" diet - these things are Bananas, Rice, Apple(sauce) and toast. The BRAT diet is for diarea so it makes sense to keep away for constipation!! My 5 month old grand daughter was severely constipated - we used Single Grain Oatmeal and stage 1 prunes to help and she is purrrrfect now!

Marji - posted on 02/18/2010

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My daughter had that problem after starting rice cereal, her doctor suggested we switch to oatmeal. She gets 2 bottles a day with oatmeal and sometimes a small amount in a bowl. She goes to the bathroom usually once a day now. Before starting oatmeal she went 3 days without going. She seems to like the oatmeal better too.

Marina - posted on 02/18/2010

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My 4 and half month boy is constipated regularly, my baby nurse and GP both gave me the same advise and works like magic.
PRUNE JUICE
Boil a handful of washed prunes with approx. half a cup of boiled water, until the water turns brown in colour.
Let cool.
Start off by giving baby half a teaspoon of prune juice mixed with half a teaspoon of cooled down boiled water.
Wait for approx. 6-8hours if nothing happens give the same amount.

The remaining prune juice can be kept in the fridge for a week, or you can freeze it for later. This is better than buying prune juice as it does not contain sugar or preservatives.
If baby gets constipated regularly on solids, you can give the prune juice every morning!
I recommend this to everyone, before using any other more serious products!

Crystal - posted on 02/18/2010

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Prunes help but don't feed him a lot cuz you'll have the opposite problem.

Jessica - posted on 02/18/2010

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I did a belly massage in circular clockwise motions ...this is supposed to relieve constipation. It worked like a charm. Within the hour he was able to go just like normal and hasn't had any issues again. I'm glad because he really loves his cereal.

Tessa - posted on 02/18/2010

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Yes. I took him off it put him back on breastmilk and he has nice soft stool again.

Sheri - posted on 02/18/2010

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I have 3 kids, my daughter turns 17 tomorrow, my son is 11 and baby Brady is 5 months. I remember the rice cereal causing constipation as well...poor little babies, thats horrible. I started Brady with oatmeal this time instead of rice and have had no problems. The only advice I can give is to give some fruit along with the cereal or a baba of water with a little corn syrup in it. The corn syrup has worked wonderfully for the couple times Brady has been constipated. I just dissolve about a tsp of corn syrup in warm water and he loved it.

Rana - posted on 02/14/2010

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my son was a pooping machine before I introduced rice cereal, but now he goes maybe once a day or every second day, and it's not as soft as before, but my doctor said as long as he has a 3 bowel movements a week then he should be fine.

Ashley - posted on 02/14/2010

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My son seemed to be constipated while on it. I quit for a week and he pooped like crazy! I was doing two bottles a day with it it but now I just do maybe once a day every other day. My ped. seemed like he really wanted him to be on solids but I'm not really in any hurry. I have tried some bananas and sweet potatoes (gerber supported sitter foods) and he seems to do ok with those. He's more interested in getting the liquids though!

Deb - posted on 02/14/2010

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My girls both started/are starting with oatmeal b/c of a medical condition that makes constipation dangerous. Don't worry too much, Your little one will likely slow up each time a new type of food is introduced. (or explode). Try taking rectal temperature with KY jelly or the old fashioned olive oil on a q-tip. Also exercise his legs run and bike motions while he is on the floor belly up. If he seems extremely uncomfortable there is an OTC glycerin lax. but I would be in to talk with Ped. before going there. Good luck

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