Starting solids

Tracey - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 5 months, I gave her rice cereal @ 3 weeks ago and she was "backed up " for 2 weeks off and on. I want to try again, but I don't want to constipate her... Any suggestions?

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Suzanne - posted on 10/22/2009

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Our Dr. told us that Avocadoes are a GREAT first food instead of the rice cereal... it has all the same properties, but, no constipating side effects... I bought an avocado and put it in the blender, my daughter LOVED it. Also, our Dr. told us absolutely not putting the rice in the bottle... but, to make it as cereal. He said adding it to the bottle can frustrate a baby, even with the nipples for cereal, still not the same as drinking that they know already.

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Kylie - posted on 10/28/2009

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I started Joseph on Avocado, and he loves it, he also likes pear and apple. He didn't like the baby rice cereal. I wouldn't be inclined to add syrups to baby food, as you don't want to encourage a pereference for sweet foods, and also when her teeth emerge, they need to be protected from decay.

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"If you are going to give your baby (Karo)corn syrup, the syrup should be put into water, not into the baby's formula, and just a small amount should be added. A teaspoon in two ounces of water is a reasonable amount. Corn syrup is sweet like sugar, and when it gets into the intestine it stimulates it to move the stool along. It also draws a little more fluid into the intestine, thus making the stools less hard. You don't want to overdo it though, because too much can cause diarrhea and change the balance of salt in the body very easily."

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if you still want to try the rice cereal add some karo light corn syrup to it. i have been doing this since my little girl was 4 months old. she has never been constipated and loves the taste of the karo! you can find it next to the maple syrup at your grocery store.

Nadia - posted on 10/23/2009

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Why not rather try oatmeal? I'll start Madison directly on veggies at 6 months

Jessica - posted on 10/21/2009

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prunes worked for me as well, sometimes i mix a little in with the rice cereal or when i'm introducing a new food.

Jennifer - posted on 10/21/2009

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We just went throug the same thing with our little one. I gave her prunes and the issue was taken care of that night.

Tracia - posted on 10/21/2009

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The same thing happened to my daughter. I cut back on the amount of rice cereal I put in and started giving her 5 oz of formula and 1 scoop of rice cereal in her bottle. She responded well to that and now i give her 5oz of formula and 2 scoops of rice cereal. Shes doing fine now that her body is getting use to it

Sarah - posted on 10/21/2009

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The same thing happened to my little guy. I switched to oatmeal instead and he's doing much better.

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I think rice cereal constipates baby. You could try oatmeal cereal instead. You can even make it yourself by buying plain oats, grinding them and cooking them with water or breastmilk if you breastfeed. It's cheaper than buying oatmeal with the word "baby" on the label.

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