Do I even HAVE to give my daughter rice cereal?

Lauren - posted on 03/23/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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She is super constipated!! The Dr. said to give her prune juice but it's just not working. I rather not give her the cereal at all! I know everyone is going to say...well call your dr:) Yes I know that but in the meantime...I would just like to hear what other mothers are doing and what they think is the best.

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Kate CP - posted on 03/24/2009

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I tried feeding rice cereal to my daughter once. She wouldn't eat it and some of it ended up on my fingers. So, what did I do? I licked it off...and it was gross. Tasted like cardboard. Ever since then I gave her fresh fruits and veggies, yogurt, cheese, lean meats, and very little carbs. Go for the good stuff: fruits and veggies! :)

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Don't bother giving her rice cereal then. It is the WORST first food, i have no idea why people suggest it. The box stuff is usually white, it has little fiber and its a carb,it fills them up without providing very much nutrition. we want to develop childrens tastes toward veggies, not high carb. Advacado is a great first food, and sweet potato.

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Aimee - posted on 04/07/2011

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if u give your child veg on most days and soups and things like that they usto help my kids soz i have made 2 status

Aimee - posted on 04/07/2011

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i used orange juice and put 2 ounces of orange and 4 ounces of water, infacol also works give it 2 her before every feed and that helpsto, gripe water thats also good if u read the bottle it tells u how to use it i used all these for all 5 of my children hope this helps

Stifler's - posted on 04/06/2011

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NO. Rice cereal made Logan have hard poos and he didn't go for it that much anyway so I started making some porridge (rolled oats, oatmeal whatever you call it) or a weet bix and formula mixed together, it's better for them and more tasty. He loves the porridge.

Rachel - posted on 04/06/2011

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No, rice cereal is worthless. It's a filler with very little nutritional value at all. for every spoon of rice cereal she is eating, that's one less spoon of something valuable that could be filling her tummy. There are many MUCH better alternatives.

Lori - posted on 04/06/2011

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you might want to try Farina.. (I'm Italian.. and that's what we used mixed with a tiny bit of karo syrup or black strap molasses) Keeps them from getting bound up...

there is also a ton of different macaroni's that were a staple in my house. If you look there is pastina (itty bitty little macaroni's which are really meant to be baby food or tossed in soups)

Lori - posted on 04/06/2011

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Do the non sweet first! If you give them too many fruits they will spit out the veggies.. lol



I liked the oatmeal cereal better too.. that didn't seem to constipate them like the rice did. But you could try mixing it with other stuff... rice and carrots seemed to go down pretty well with my boys.



cereal basically just fills them up and gets them used to the new texture... they grow past it pretty fast.. mine went to mashed banana's then whole banana's pretty quickly.... I didn't buy the ones in the jar (real ones were cheaper.. lol)

Jamie Holaday - posted on 04/06/2011

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happy tot brand makes a brown rice cereal (i find it at target) and it seems to help my baby poop easier than just the plain white rice cereal.

Jamie Holaday - posted on 04/06/2011

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happy tot brand makes a brown rice cereal (i find it at target) and it seems to help my baby poop easier than just the plain white rice cereal.

Sarah - posted on 03/26/2009

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My baby takes rice cereal, and I give him half a teaspoon of black strap molasses mixed with water or formula. It does the trick!

Michelle - posted on 03/25/2009

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You honestly do not have to give her rice cereal.  My daughter never liked it so I never gave it to her, but she liked the baby food that had it in it already, like apples and oatmeal.  If you think about it, Rice is just a starch and all it is, is filling.  If you want to give her just veggies and fruits that is actually going to give her more nutrition than the rice cereal.  With my son (who is 19 months now), he tried it but had such a big appetite that I just gave him something with more substance.  I am a mom that his compleatly anti-rice cereal, I really think it is just a filler and does not have much nutrition to it.  I would much rather give my kids something that is going to give them some nutritional value rather than just make their stomaches full!

Robyn - posted on 03/25/2009

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The biggest thing with the rice cereal is that it is a source of iron. If your baby is on formula, then its not a big deal, but breastfed babies need a source of iron around six months because they've used up their reserve. Baby cereal (rice, oat, barley) is fortified with iron, but there are liquid iron supplements available too (like vitamin D drops), and once you've introduced meat than there isn't a problem.



I mix my son's cereal (rice or oat) with fruit in the morning, a veg (or veg/meat combo) and fruit for lunch, cereal and veg or veg and fruit for supper. Just remeber the importance of a balanced diet, and a balanced diet includes grains!

Sheena - posted on 03/25/2009

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i gave my daughter rice cereal for like a month and never again she didnt like it so why should i force it on her

Cassandra - posted on 03/25/2009

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Give her pear juice!! My daughter has always had severe constiation and her GI said that pear juice is better than prune jc and it did make a difference, and no they told me that cereal will just make it worse. I don't know how old she is but they told me that if she is content on other forms of food then not to worry about cereal. Hope this helps!

Deidre - posted on 03/25/2009

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Nope, def don't need to give your baby the rice cereal :) Some ladies on here have great suggestions for ya!

Candace - posted on 03/25/2009

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lay her on her back and pump her legs like riding a bike, it should help, or a baby massage

User - posted on 03/25/2009

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I had a problem even gettin my first child to eat his cereal. I tried EVERY trick in the book and he still wouldn't eat it. I finnaly just gave up because he would eat reagular babyfood. I had to start it a little bit earily but it did the trick since I couldn't get him to eat cereal.

Ashley - posted on 03/25/2009

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To be honest this happens to most babies when they first start out on solids. Reduce the amout you give her and follow it with prune juice or you could even add a little to the cerial its self. After a while her digestive system will get used to it and you wont need the prune juice or mush. Yu don't have to give her prune either apples and other furits are great at getting things mooving as well. I know my daughter wouldent touch any type of cerial unless it was laced with a Fruit.

T_cjones108 - posted on 03/25/2009

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u dont have to give pablum!! my boy was constipated too so i would give him water!

Rebekah - posted on 03/24/2009

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I never gave my son more than one serving of rice cereal a day and he was always fine... BUT, I nannied a little boy and he was seriously constipated most of the time. He was doing the prune juice thing until I realized he was eating 4 times the daily serving of rice cereal!! (2xs in the morning and 2xs in the evening). I shrunk the portion he was getting in the morning and told his parents to stop giving it to him in the evening, and he was fine. So, you might check that... Good luck!

Crystal - posted on 03/24/2009

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My son had that problem as well, and we found out that it was the milk ingredients in it that bothered his system, we tried an organic cereal without milk ingredients at all in it. BUT like other moms have said if she likes the veggies I would give her those for lunch and dinner and fruit at breakfast.

Amanda - posted on 03/24/2009

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I had that same problem with my son. If you give her the oatmeal cereal it will help because it will regulate her bowel movements. Also they have liquid supossitories for children who are constipated and they work wonders. You may have to increase the amount of prune juice you give her depending on how constipated she is but be ready for a major explosion when it finally does work.

Taylor - posted on 03/24/2009

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Put water in the bottle. only like two once with a meal. but it works, thats what i did for my son. If your daughter doesnt like the water add just a pinch of sugar to sweeten it.

User - posted on 03/24/2009

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You said you were trying prune juice and it didn't work, but did you mix prune food in with her cereal? I feed my daughter rice cereal in the mornings with fruit mixed in it, that way it's not so bland, and she LOVES it. I feed her veggies and fruit for lunch and again at dinner. She gets a cereal bottle for when she goes down for the night. I would also incorporate giving your baby juice after eating. My baby had problems with constipation around 5 and 6 months too, because her tummy wasn't used to having something other than formula. After my daughter got used to foods and juice, she became more regular, and I didn't have to incorporate prunes as often.

Trisha - posted on 03/24/2009

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 i have a 21/2 yr old who always has problems with constipation. when she was real young i'd but kero syrup in her bottle then that stopped working after a bit and i tried the chiropractor(weird i know) but it worked real well she'd go within an hour of leaving but lately that hasnt even been helping so i've been giving her a laxitive called miralax which seems to be doing the trick. i only give it to her when she seems to be having trouble again. hope this helped.

Lauren - posted on 03/23/2009

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She is just about 6 months old. This is great!! I really appreciate all of the info!!! It's so nice to be able to talk to all you moms....at the tip of my fingers!!

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If she is eating the veggies okay and no allergy signs so far I would pick a fruit you would like to start with and give her that in the morning along with milk breast or formula whatever it is your doing.

Emily - posted on 03/23/2009

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Rice cereal is super constipating and has practically zilch in terms of nutritional value. As Amie said it has a really low risk of allergive reaction so that is why they say to start with it. If she likes the veggies keep on with that. Maybe fruit for breakfast and veggies for lunch and dinner. How old is she anyway?

Amie - posted on 03/23/2009

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Can do that or what I did with mine was mix it with some of the veg at first. Either way works but if she's taking the veggies fine the rice cereal is more a filler than anything. There's not much nutritional value in rice cereal.

Jamie - posted on 03/23/2009

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Quoting Lauren:

So right now I am feeding her cereal in the morning...veggie for lunch..cereal for dinner. She really enjoys the veggies! Can I just replace her cereal for dinner with a veggie or fruit? Sorry if this is a goofy question:) This is my first time doing this!!



Try mixing the cereal with the veggie or fruit. I did this with my daughter, shes on soy milk and would get consitpated.

Lauren - posted on 03/23/2009

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So right now I am feeding her cereal in the morning...veggie for lunch..cereal for dinner. She really enjoys the veggies! Can I just replace her cereal for dinner with a veggie or fruit? Sorry if this is a goofy question:) This is my first time doing this!!

Amie - posted on 03/23/2009

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Rice cereal is mostly used because there's low risk of an allergic reaction and practically no taste so it shouldn't startle baby too much with something new. Just getting them used to eating something with texture is the main thing with it. If it's making her really constipated though you could try something like oat cereal instead. There's another kind to but can't remember what it is! lol! My kids all started with rice cereal then went to veggies and then fruit.

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