How much rice cereal in a bottle?

Krysta - posted on 12/10/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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How much rice cereal can I put in a bottle?

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User - posted on 12/10/2009

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my son has bad acid reflux and we asked his doctor how much rice cereal to put in a bottle and told us to put one tablespoon every two ounces!

WHYSPER - posted on 12/11/2009

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rice cereal is not bad at all for babies to put in the bottles. My son drank it alot and he is perfectly fine. I know every baby is different but 99% of the time your baby is fine with putting rice or oatmeal cereal in their bottles ...... Oatmeal is a little bit thicker but it is fine too.

Monica - posted on 12/10/2009

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You do not want to put rice in the bottle at all. it can cause stomach uoset and there is a risk for choking.

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Nicole - posted on 03/08/2012

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my son had terrible reflux and it turned out to be a milk protein intolerance from me eating dairy and it being transfered through my breast milk. Its a common intolerance in babies because their stomachs are immature, we become able to process these proteins as our gut matures. If you're formula feeding try a non cows milk formula and if you're breastfeeding try going off dairy until she gets closer to 6 months and gradually reintroduce to check if her tummy is ready for it.

Angie - posted on 12/13/2009

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None. This is not the best thing you can do for your child. I'm glad you're trying to find a doctor who will treat this problem. I hope you find a healthy answer for your child soon.

C. - posted on 12/13/2009

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Quoting Christina:

Please keep in mind that putting any kind of cereal in a baby bottle is a choking hazard, especially if you have to enlarge the nipple. My cousins baby had GERD, which they thought was just regular acid reflux at first. If it IS GERD, then you may just have to switch to a different formula (if you're using formula). If you're breastfeeding, you will need to cut back on ANY acidic foods since acidic foods cause a GERDs flare-up.

http://www.gerd.com/
This explains what GERDs is and also tells you how you can treat it.


I found out the formula my cousin used for her baby. She had tried regular milk-based formulas and soy formulas, but they still caused GERDs flare-ups in her son. She had to switch him to Similac Sensitive and that worked. 

Bec - posted on 12/13/2009

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TRY S26 AR OR KARICARE AR AND FOR FAREX FOR HER AGE ONLY HALF A SCOOP BUT IF ITS STILL NOT FILLING HER TRY A WHOLE SCOOP, AND IF THOSE FORMULAS DONT WORK TAKE HER TO A SPECIALIST AND TELL THEM UVE TRIED THEM ALL TO SPRESCRIBE YOU A FORMULA

Marcie - posted on 12/11/2009

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2 Months is really early to start cereal in the bottle. My aunt did that with my cousin and she became extremely overweight from a young age. A lot of babies in our family have had it at one point in time, and we were told by doctors and family that unfortunately we would have to wait it out. Our daughter had reflux and spit up tons until she was 6 months old, and then it started to get better once some solid foods were introduced. Problem is that babies with reflux often have sensitive tummies and can have problems digesting too much food too early. It was a pain and major laundry problem, but she's fine now! Hang in there!

Leanne - posted on 12/11/2009

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You should never put rice cereal in a babies bottle.. Even if someone has done it before and it turned out alright, there is still that chance that for your child it could go wrong.

There are medications for little ones and their acid reflux.. My friend's son had it really bad and the doctors gave him something for it. Perhaps talk to your doctor about the possibility of medication?

Also.. It could be the milk your giving your baby. Try another brand or a soy formula, your baby might be reacting badly to the lactose in the milk.

I hope everything works out ok!

Bobbie - posted on 12/10/2009

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You should talk to your baby's doctor but I would not give cereal to an infant until they are at least 4 months old. I don't think their tummies are developed enough and could cause food allergies. In adults, you would elevate the matress to raise the head. You should really talk to your the pediatrician before doing that.

Kristin - posted on 12/10/2009

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My son was originally thought to have acid reflux as well. We tried everything - cereal in milk, prescriptions, etc. What finally worked was going out and buying some gripe water. You can get it over the counter at most pharmacies. We used the Baby's Bliss brand because it has no added alcohol. (Some do.) It was a MIRACLE worker! My husband and I actually started calling it baby Prozac because it totally calmed the baby down and there was no gas, no fussiness, no more reflux symptoms, etc.

Here's a link - http://www.colichelp.com/shop/gripewater... Check it out and see what you think. You just add a little bit to the formula every so often (follow directions on box) and voila! I think you'll find it'll work wonders for your little daughter!

Best of luck!

Eileen - posted on 12/10/2009

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My son has acid reflux and cereal in thebottle never worked. He just spit up thicker spit up. I found it helpful to nurse him straddling my leg facing me and then I continued to keep him upright for 30 min after he ate.

Melinda - posted on 12/10/2009

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My son had reflux and he was put on Zantac and we switched him to Enfamil AR with the added rice cereal in it. It was easier than adding rice cereal to reg formula, that way you didn't need to cut any nipples you have. It is made up like regular formula but thickens when it hits the stomach. Also we elevated one side of his mattress and were told to keep him upright 30 minutes after he ate and to burp him while we were feeding him. The zantac helped and the formula. It has subsided now, he had the reflux from about 2-8 months. Good luck.

Michele - posted on 12/10/2009

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Putting cereal in a bottle can cause frequent ear infections because the canal between the ear and mouth has not completely formed at this time. I am speaking from experience because my oldest had ear problems due to this and now as a nurse.

Amber - posted on 12/10/2009

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MY DAUGHTER HAD ACID REFLEX ALSO REALLY BAD, OUR PEDS DR PERSCRIBED US ZANTAC IN A LIQUID FORM.

WHYSPER - posted on 12/10/2009

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U CAN PUT ABOUT 2 SCOOPS OF RiCE CEREAL MiXED WiTH THE FORMULA OR BREAST MiLK Mi SON USED TO EAT 8OUNCE BOTTLES EVERY 2 HOURS WHEN HE WAS ONLY A MONTH OLD SO WE HAD TO PUT CEREAL iN iT!

Theresa - posted on 12/10/2009

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My son had a mild case of it and my doc suggested rice cereal in the bottle. It worked for us. I don't remember how much rice cereal we put in the bottle though, he's 10 now. I know it wasn't much. If she has it bad though there are things that can be done. My neice had it pretty bad, the spit up would come out her nose and she would scream. You could smell that it was acidic, not just normal spit up. (She's 19 months now) They had her on zantac. They would put it in her bottles. Their doc also suggested she not sleep flat on her back. She slept in her car seat until she was probably around 6 months old. Even now they prop her crib mattress so that one end is higher. I would get a seciond opinion. No use her being miserable when there are treatments. They also have bottle nipples that are made for milk with cereal. You may have to look at more or a baby store. I know I've seen them at Toys R Us.

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There are special formulas with a small amount of rice cereal added... maybe ask the doc about that? And keep her sitting up for about 30 mins after eating. Maybe try smaller amounts more frequently? I sure hope this helps!

C. - posted on 12/10/2009

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Please keep in mind that putting any kind of cereal in a baby bottle is a choking hazard, especially if you have to enlarge the nipple. My cousins baby had GERD, which they thought was just regular acid reflux at first. If it IS GERD, then you may just have to switch to a different formula (if you're using formula). If you're breastfeeding, you will need to cut back on ANY acidic foods since acidic foods cause a GERDs flare-up.



http://www.gerd.com/

This explains what GERDs is and also tells you how you can treat it.

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Every child is different. Start with 1/4 teaspoon and see how she tolerates it then add a little more up to 1/2 teaspoon. My son had acid reflux too. My doctor said there is not much you can do but as their system's mature, they're likely to outgrow it. Check with a doctor before taking anyone's advice though!

Krysta - posted on 12/10/2009

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My daughter is 2 months old and has acid reflux REALLY BAD! But our doctor keeps telling us that there's nothing we can do. (We're going to get a second opinion) But I have heard of putting a little rice cereal in their bottle to thicken the milk. She eats 3-5oz bottles every 3-5 hours. How much rice cereal in a bottle and how many bottles a day would be the recommended? I know shes young for cereal but she is miserable and so am I!

Theresa - posted on 12/10/2009

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My son had a mild case of it and my doc suggested rice cereal in the bottle. It worked for us. I don't remember how much rice cereal we put in the bottle though, he's 10 now. I know it wasn't much. If she has it bad though there are things that can be done. My neice had it pretty bad, the spit up would come out her nose and she would scream. You could smell that it was acidic, not just normal spit up. (She's 19 months now) They had her on zantac. They would put it in her bottles. Their doc also suggested she not sleep flat on her back. She slept in her car seat until she was probably around 6 months old. Even now they prop her crib mattress so that one end is higher. I would get a seciond opinion. No use her being miserable when there are treatments. They also have bottle nipples that are made for milk with cereal. You may have to look at more or a baby store. I know I've seen them at Toys R Us.

Krysta - posted on 12/10/2009

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My daughter is 2 months old and has acid reflux REALLY BAD! But our doctor keeps telling us that there's nothing we can do. (We're going to get a second opinion) But I have heard of putting a little rice cereal in their bottle to thicken the milk. She eats 3-5oz bottles every 3-5 hours. How much rice cereal in a bottle and how many bottles a day would be the recommended? I know shes young for cereal but she is miserable and so am I!

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