Rice cereal in bottle

Heather - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My baby's pedi has me putting rice cereal in her every bottle for acid reflux. I put 1 tsp per 1 oz of formula and she drinks 3-4 oz each feeding. She is also on zantac. I hear conflicting feelings on this. Does anybody else do this for your baby and do you find it to be good or bad? She was born 9/16/09..thanks! Heather

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Tabitha - posted on 12/16/2009

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My son born 9/15/09 also has acid reflux. I too have to put rice in his bottle 1tsp per 1 oz formula. Zantac didnt work for him so he takes prilosec 4xper day. It is helping but hasnt cured him completely. He also has to use enfamil nutramigen formula.

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Jammie - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter has reflux as well and shes on Prevacid, works much better than zantac, for my baby anyways. They say making the food thicker helps, but i tried rice with Mady and she puked it all up. They also have a non tasting agent called Thick It you can put directly in babys formula that makes it thick for them. That may help the baby too. All you can do is try it. Costs alot and is through prescription only. I hope you find this useful.

Tracie - posted on 12/17/2009

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my baby boy was born 9/18/09 and was diagnosed with reflux also! i noticed a chronic cough from him after feedings, and he would projectil vomit occassionally. he is on soy formula, gets 1tblsp. per 2oz of formula, and is on 1ml of zantac twice a day. since doing all of this he has had NO coughing and NO vomiting. he only feeds 4 times a day now 6oz, 4oz, 4oz, and then 6oz before bed...he also now sleeps 11-12hrs a night!! from a mom who is doing all of this i would highly recommend it...feel free to message me with any ?'s u may have. :)

Ashley - posted on 12/16/2009

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I did the exact same thing, including the medicine, for when my son was little and he turned out fine. Never had a problem with choking and never had any food allergies.

Nicole - posted on 12/14/2009

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There is a bottle made for starting newbies with rice cereal. I have been thinkinh about giving my 3 month old the rice cereal but my pediatrician said to wait as long as possible because the earlier you start using it the more likely the baby is to get food allergies

Nanette - posted on 12/14/2009

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I think that she will do fine. It will take her some adjussting to the spoon and learning how to swallow it. I would make it not very thick.

Melanie - posted on 12/14/2009

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Cate was born 9/14/09. She is 13 weeks old today. My husband and I were just talking about giving her some rice cereal maybe once a day at bed time. She's a breastfed girl though so I would have to feed her the cereal from a spoon. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Catherine - posted on 12/13/2009

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My daughter was born 9/17/09 and I do exactly the same thing you are doing. I don't find it to be bad but I don't see much of a difference sometimes. But then I see a huge difference other times. I asked about the Zantac causing problems later in life for my daughter and was told that they do not believe she will have problems with having a sensitive stomache but it is possible. I hope this helps and If you would like to chat about our little ones just message me. Catherine

Jen - posted on 12/13/2009

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My baby is also on Zantac, She was spitting up through her nose horribly. We put 1 tblsp cereal per oz. She takes a 4 oz bottle. I think the Zantac has helped. We were nervous about giving it to her at first,but she's doing better.

Katherine - posted on 12/13/2009

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I put 2 tsp in my daughter's 4 oz bottle of BM/formula and it seems to be working. She is also on Zantac and that keeps her from being in pain. I really think both of these things have really helped. She used to projectile vomit at least once a day. Now its more like once a week. She seems much better.

Chelsy - posted on 12/11/2009

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putting rice in the bottle is the same thing as Enfamil AR the only difference is your doctor is probably saving you alot of money and having to make the hole bigger in the nipple or your child refusing to eat it. I tried it with my son and he wouldn't eat it. I put a formula scoop of cereal in his bottle and he loved it. Its not as think but still gets the job done for the reflux issue. Thats why i don't understand when people say its so bad to give your kid rice cereal in their bottle when there is a formula that has rice starch in it and is thicker then how my bottles turn out when i add the cereal my self.
anyhow if your doctor says to do it then i would follow what he says. not doctor (most of the time) will tell you to do something that is gonna hurt your child in anyway.

Nanette - posted on 12/11/2009

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Your daughter was born on my bday. Anyways my daughter was born on September 3rd. I am going to put cereal in her bottle next week. My husband has been gone and wanted to wait for him. Anyways I have been a nanny for over 20 years and all my kids that I watched had cereal in their bottles at 3 months and it helped them sleep. They had no side affects. I know the doctors say no wait but there really has been nothing proven for it to be bad for them.

Cirissa - posted on 12/09/2009

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I have been giving rice cereal to my three month old for a month and he sleeps better and seems more content and doesn't wake up with as much gas or burps. It helped wonders. He only has cereal at night for bed.

Lane - posted on 12/06/2009

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My pedi says the same thing. I have been doing it since my little boy was 2 months old!!

Kylie - posted on 12/04/2009

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I think this is purely a practice undertaken in the USA. Here is Australia we told that this is a choaking hazard and a big no no.

Marissa - posted on 12/04/2009

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This is what my dr suggested for reflux as well, however we were on prevacid...not zantac. It turned out that my baby had pyloric stenosis and had to have surgery instead...but supposedly it is supposed to work wonders. It makes the food heavier and easier to keep in the stomach.

Kristen - posted on 12/04/2009

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I hear a lot of moms saying how early they feed cereal and most of the time they don't ask their doctors. So I asked mine what his feelings were and he said he never tells a parent it's OK unless the baby has acid reflux. Of course every baby and every doctor is different :)

Kathryn - posted on 12/04/2009

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I haven't heard about this being used for reflux but since your pedi suggested it I would try it and see how your baby reacts o it, since each baby is different, one might do bad with it and one might do very well.

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