is it ok to give a 6 week old cereal?

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Megan - posted on 03/27/2009

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my mom put cereal in our bottles when we were only a few weeks old, and it didn't hurt us. So I did the same for my son. He's 7 months old and has been getting cereal mived with his formula since he was 4 or 5 weeks old. I gave him regular formula during the day adn then at night right before he went to sleep I gave him a bottle with fumula and cereal. After a few nights, he realized that when he got that bottle it was bedtime, and he slept longer during the night because his tummy was fuller. The dr. tells you not to, but you really just go by your thoughts and the thoughts of other family members. I did it because my son slept longer thoughout the night and wasnt as crabby

Misty - posted on 07/09/2010

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Okay, to the mom here insisting that a doctor's opinion is needed--



My doctor suggested rice cereal in their bottle to help with acid reflux from around 2-3 weeks with all three of my children.

He also suggests diluted pear juice for constipation.

I would take that advice and try it FIRST over medicine.



But that's just me and MY doctor's advice....(Who is a well respected pediatrician.)







(and I apologize for a seemingly double post. the site said it didn't post the first time)

Misty - posted on 07/09/2010

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I know the majority of your responses will say no, but I can vouch that for my children it was fine.

They all three had reflux. At 2 weeks, with all three, we started them on rice. I would talk to you doctor, definately, beforehand.

I wasn't keen on putting them on medicine for reflux if something else could be tried. He suggested rice cereal.
The thing you want to remember is if you do it, start off with small amounts.
Also, make sure the rice can go through the nipple of your bottle (If you use it to thicken).
If you start to notice that she seems to start having trouble using the bathroom b/c of the rice, either stop doing it completely or scale back.
If she does get constipated, give her an ounce or two of diluted pear juice and rub her belly a bit.

Megan - posted on 03/27/2009

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Quoting Emily:

Yes, its always better to ignore your doctors advice. And its always better to put your child in danger to get more sleep for yourself. Thats not selfish at all! And hey, my parents never put me in a carseat when i was a child. So heck, why bother with carseats now? I didnt die!!!!!!

Logic. Get you some.



FIrst off I was just giving my personal opinion just like everyone else on this page. Second, my doctor never gave me that advice, so I'm going on the opinions of family. I didn't ignore my doctors advice. My son is very healthy, he has no allergies or any problems and he does still get up during the night, so I DO lose sleep. I gave him cereal in his bottle so he would feel like he was full instead of constantly crying because he was hungry. The comment about the carseats has absolutely nothing to do with feeding cereal to your child, feeding your child cereal will not kill them unless they have a bad reaction to it, which is why I didn't put alot in it at first until he got used to it.



This is supposed to be a place for your opinions not a place for someone to come back and criticize another mom for what she does with her child. You make it sound like I was abusing him in some way, when I was really giving him more sleep and a fuller stomach.

Heather - posted on 03/27/2009

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Please understand that just because it didn't hurt one person's child to give them cereal or other solids at just a few weeks old doesn't mean that it won't hurt yours.  What some moms are telling you is based solely on their experience,  Before you choose to feed your child solids, please consult your pediatrician (who has to stay up to date on the research on what is safe and recommended).  Don't take what a mom says as fact unless they can support it with solid research.

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Jacqueline - posted on 07/09/2010

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u know what this all depends on if u feel ur child is ready and actually needs the cereal dont give it to the child for the sheer fact u want more sleep at night every baby wakes up thats normal untill they get a little older i gave my daughter rice at 5 weeks old on recommendation from my doctor no matter what i tried i could not get her sleeping habbits switched from day to night (its hard not sleeping for 5 weeks with two young kids lol) so he suggested rice until she was on a rutine and it worked so i stiopped shes now 6 months and is on solids my son he started on rice and solids early because the formula was just not satisfying him at all once he hit 2 months old but there are signs to watch for as well gas and weird coloured poops diareha etc what i did first was out a tiny bit in to their bottle(ones that have the bigger hole) if ur child becomes gassy do not continue it that means he or she can not digest it but if u feel ur child isnt satisfied with the formula throught the day then do give it a try but not for the reason he/she doesnt sleep all night thats just stupid lol





also i can honestly say that all of my children are very healthy and have no food allergies because of being put on rice and solids younger then the recommended age thats just a recommendation every mother know whats best for their baby and will do what they feel is best for them rice is a good wayto put ur child on a sleeping rutine after my kids hit 4 months they got rice at night until they hit 8 months old my son who is 20 months old this month sleeps so well and goes to bed soeasily for me that i feel the rice helped make him realize when it was bed time for those 4 months he had it..yesterday i just switched him to a toddler bed and i never had an issue with him when its bed time no matter where he sleeps or where hie is he knows and hes out like a light may seem odd but going from my first born who never had rice at night never slept through the night and stopped napping at 1 yr old and she is now 8 still doesnt go to bed well so think it goes to show..and my youngest daughter when doing that switch from day to night took 1 month she didnt start sleeping thought the night till i started iving it to her just after 4 months old and started her on a actualy sleeping rutine where shes in bed the same time my son is and now shes 6 months old and knows exactly when its time for bed i have actually stopped using rice at night with her now so ya the whole point of this is once on a sleeping rutine no need for rice if thats what u are looking for but dont start that until the child is atleast 4 months :)

Keisha - posted on 03/28/2009

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I definitely would not! Baby's stomach is not ready to tackle digestion with cereal. Just talk to your peditrician. They usually don't recommend until 4-6 months of age.

Kristy - posted on 03/28/2009

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dinfinatly not, look for pure baby rice, when s/he is a few weeks older, its the purest, lightest thing to give them

Natasha - posted on 03/28/2009

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its hard being a first time mum i know i am one but i was feeding my son solids at 3 months but i was told a teaspoon of baby rice in a bottle is fine if u have a very hungry baby like i did good luck with it

Amanda - posted on 03/28/2009

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No way! Babys digestive system wouldnt be able to cope at such a young age.The reccommended weaning age is 6mths now,mine were all 4-5mths as it was different then.maybe try a hungrier baby milk and speak to health visitor or doctor.

Margo - posted on 03/27/2009

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Your doctor is the one who will advise you on that usually; you don't want to start solids too soon

Emily - posted on 03/27/2009

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Yes, its always better to ignore your doctors advice. And its always better to put your child in danger to get more sleep for yourself. Thats not selfish at all! And hey, my parents never put me in a carseat when i was a child. So heck, why bother with carseats now? I didnt die!!!!!!

Logic. Get you some.

Heather - posted on 03/27/2009

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my baby always spit up..so i started putting some rice cereal in his bottles and that helped. i mean ask the doctor but as a mom you just know..

Kimberly - posted on 03/27/2009

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Okay, always ask your doctor first, but it won't hurt to try giving the baby a little very watery rice cereal. Mix it using formula, or breast milk depending on your feeding choice, rather than water first too. If it seems like it's not bothering her tummy, go that way for a week or two, then mix it thicker and just watch for upset tummies.

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i wouldnt unless i ran it by my doctor and he thought it was a good idea. being only 6 weeks your babies digestive tract may not be able to handle ceral just yet!

User - posted on 03/25/2009

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No... If you do it too early your child could develope problems with food allergies from what I have been told. My doc says no...

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2009

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TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE DOING ANYTHING PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started my daughter at 4 months coz she was rtrying to grab food off us and show all the signs that she was ready tbuit he recommendations now are for 6 months-hbetween 4-6 is when they start to show signs-i reckon when they can sit a bit better will be easier too-she should only just be gaining head control!

Jessy - posted on 03/25/2009

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I would say that straight cereal is a little too early, now cereal in the bottle, just a little bit, would not hurt. It would make your baby be satisfied for a longer amount of time. My son was eating every hour on the hour so we started him with cereal in his bottle when he was almost two months old. He is now going on 4 months old and he is eating fruits and cereal and it is not hurting him at all. I have told the dr.s and they say that it will not hurt him. Just not to give him too much. He only eats that every other day really. He does not seem to want a lot of it. If you feel your baby isn't satisfied with just formula or whatever you using then go ahead.... I DID!

Samantha - posted on 03/25/2009

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how much is your baby eating?  my son was 8 pounds 12.6 ounces when he was born and i was breastfeeding him and giving him a bottle as well....when he went in for his month check up i believe it was the dr told me to add a teaspoon of rice ceral to his formula that would help fill him up....if you baby isnt getting enough to eat or seems to always be hungry ask your dr first of course but i would say your baby will be just fine if you do it...i would start out small by giving a teaspoon to the bottle.

Monica - posted on 03/25/2009

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Post a reply!i would not, most of the time you should wate untill 3 or 4 months, unless the doc tells you other wise.

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2009

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Just put more ounces in the bottle. It isn't the best to give your baby solid food before 4 months.

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2009

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No, wait til at least 4 months, just give your baby more breast milk or formula.  Mine drank literally up to 8 ounces at a time at that age!  They are growing sooo fast, they just need more!  :)

Candace - posted on 03/25/2009

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i would wait till about 3 or 4 months but talk to your doctor first, the little ones stomach cannot handle solids at this moment, but if your baby is giving you signs that he/she wants solids it maybe ok just check with the doctor first. My little one would watch us eat and follow our food.

Shelley - posted on 03/25/2009

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Hi Jordan... I asked my health visitor yesterday what advice I could pass on to you over this matter... I bet you are very tired especially if your little one has been keeping you awake at night crying due to hunger... She told me that the most likely reason for this is that at the age of 6 weeks, your baby will be going through a growth spurt and needs extra feeds to help support this... you will find that and extra feed or two or even adding an extra oz to a bottle if that is how you are feeding, will work wonders. She has also noted that these formulas designed for "Hungrier babies" are a load of tosh and just contain a different type of protien in them (just a marketing ploy from the manafacturers apparently)...
She has implored that if you try this and your baby is still not settled, then pop to your GP and they will be able to advise you further, but until then, leave the cereal out of your babies diet as it may make the little tyke very sick if done too early!
I hope this helps hun x

Catie - posted on 03/25/2009

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I would talk to your dr. We had to start mine on it at 3 weeks b/c she has bad acid reflux and the thickness of it helps keep her food down.

Morag - posted on 03/25/2009

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Its not so much that your child will become ill if you give them solids but that their tummies are too tiny to absorb vitamins and minerals from solid food. What you will do is fill your baby with empty calories which in turn makes them malnourished, and then ill. Milk is the food for babies which provides them with all the essential nutrients for growing bodies and brains. And well, mashed potato is just rubbish, no nutrients just startch, thats not good food for babies. My little girl was 9lbs, breastfed constantly, had severe reflux but I didn't give her any solids until 4 months as recommended by my doctor as they didn't want to start drugging her for the reflux. Solids didn't help her and she ended up having meds for the reflux. So it is possible to hold out to 4 months especially if you bottle feed. I'd also suggest trying boiled water, formula isn't thirst quenching so your LO might just be thirsty

Stacey - posted on 03/25/2009

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hQuoting Jordan:

is it ok to give a 6 week old cereal?





Hi jordon ,no food is to be given to a baby younger than 4mths old and even at 4tmths they can only have mashed veges and pured fruit .please please do not give your baby anything but formula,breastmilk even until your maternial health nurse advises you other wise.A baby of 6weeks their digestive system is not fully formed and if you are to give things other than formula,breastmilk your baby may get sick .do not give your baby water or any other food or fluid than what is adviced .remember your baby is all new at life and you need to do the right thing because it will make your baby really sick .please if you are worried your baby is still hungry you need to give more bottles or go to your maternial health nurse for advice please this is really important.......................



Sabrina - posted on 03/24/2009

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I would def ask your ped before you start that early. I started my son on cereal when he was about 2 1/2 months due to acid reflux like so many other moms. If your ped says its ok and you have asked other moms and they all agree and you feel strongly that its the best for your baby then go for it. But I would def talk to your ped first before you make a decision.

Yana - posted on 03/24/2009

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I worked in a peds office before and it is not recommended to give infants of that age cereal. However my son was given cereal at around 4-6 weeks due to acid reflux disease. He could not keep his milk down but with cereal added he was still spitting up uncontrollably but it thickened it up but had less eventually he went through different types of milk and still had these issues. Today he is 2 and even though he acid reflux issues has decreased daily he still has problems with certain things he eat.

Chanel - posted on 03/24/2009

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I think that is way to young...I would wait another month or two...their little tummies cant handle that just yet and you dont want a constipated baby!

Carla - posted on 03/24/2009

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I gave all 4 of mine cereal very early. 4-5 wks. I never had any problem. I started with just a little in their milk. They are older now and just fine. Good luck

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I would not give your baby cereal yet...I tried that with my second child...it took him 2 days to have a bm.  I would wait until your baby is 3 or 4 months.   I would talk to your Doctor about other options. 

Naomi - posted on 03/24/2009

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defo not - babys tummy hasn't developed and may cause problems later on - stick with milk

Chelsea - posted on 03/24/2009

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although every baby is different i wouldnt advise you to just yet as 6 weeks is still a bit too young! my mum who is a baby care consaultant says that around 4 months is the best time to introduce cereals!!!

Nichole - posted on 03/24/2009

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First i have a question is the baby having a hard time keeping his bottles down?

If he is then I would say yes put like 2 scoops of rice in the bottle

I have 3 kids that all had scid reflux and they couldn't keep their bottles down.

Other than that there is no reason to start the baby on cereal just yet.

Brittney - posted on 03/24/2009

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Ask your pediatrician first.  My daughter is a month old and on rice cereal in her bottle, but it is for reflux.  Dr will tell you if recommends it or not.

Helen - posted on 03/24/2009

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i had to start my son on baby rice once a day when he was 8 weeks old because he was still hungry after a full bottle of milk for hungryer babies. i was told to give him this by the doctor and over the next few weeks i had to increase this up to 3 a day.  the health visitors did not agree with it but they did not have children themselves and said i had to keep feeding him every hour because this is when he was needing the milk without extra food. so if you think your child needs to then ask your doctor and get there advice if they have kids themselves they would understand more of what they need.

Tammy - posted on 03/23/2009

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All 3 of my kids had acid reflux problems so I had to put a little bit of cereal in their bottles to help plus I had to switch the to Enfamil AR. But ask your Dr. first.

Dora - posted on 03/23/2009

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um No!! I would not give your baby cereal till your Doctor tells you that the baby is ready for solids or until you feel like your baby is ready!!!! I started at 5 months and I did get the OK from my doctor.. I know of a few people who have given there baby cereal and had no problem, and then I have a friend who gave her baby solids too early and her baby is now allergic to so many things.. I think that is the big risk with giving them solids too early and there little belly's and the intestinal tract isn't mature enough yet... If your baby seems super hungry then I would maybe add a extra breast feeding or a ounce or two more of formula...talk with your doctor .. Oh and people who say that it helped there baby sleep through the night by putting it in there bottles, they may be right but I still wouldn't do it ... :) take care

Sam - posted on 03/23/2009

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i dont think u should as it is really bad fo them, i got a telling off for putting my daughter on baby rice at 3 months as they have now changed it to 6 months. at 6 weeks they wouldnt be able to eat it properly and proberly gag more thaan eating it. i definatly DO NOT agree with it, 3 or 4 months yeah but no earlier

Frances - posted on 03/23/2009

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Quoting Kylie:






It's not about you think is best. It’s about doing the right thing by your tiny baby and making an educated decision. All health professionals and even the makers of baby rice cereal do not recommend feeding a 6 week old infant cereal unless she has sever reflux and cannot hold down any feeds.




Sorry, but this support for adding cereal to newborn bottles is really starting to annoy me.






I agree with you Kylie

Kylie - posted on 03/23/2009

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It's not about you think is best. It’s about doing the right thing by your tiny baby and making an educated decision. All health professionals and even the makers of baby rice cereal do not recommend feeding a 6 week old infant cereal unless she has sever reflux and cannot hold down any feeds.



Sorry, but this support for adding cereal to newborn bottles is really starting to annoy me.

Tina - posted on 03/23/2009

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When my first child was a baby(6.5yrs ago) they said 4 months now on my 3rd child and they are saying 6 months because there digestive system is not ready and that is Public health and my family Dr. so with my first 2 children i fed them cereal at 4 months and with my 3rd i waited till 5 months....   i think that if they are showing the signs then the might be ready before 6 months but don't push it

Shay-Marie - posted on 03/23/2009

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i think six weeks is a bit to early i would try milk for hungry babys if you think your babys hungry that y u wont to give it cereal my son drank baby forula like it was going out of fashion 36oz a night and was a very hungry baby at 8 weeks i started to put a tbl spoon of baby rice in but was advised by my doc to do so

Emily - posted on 03/23/2009

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Ask them about what kind of carseats they used too while you are at it!

Hayley - posted on 03/23/2009

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Hey Jordan,



 I started givin my son mashed potatos at about 2 months because he was on the more filling formula milk and still feeding on 9oz bottles every hour and i couldnt keep feeding him like that because the HV said he just wasnt getting enough out of the milk he was a big baby to start with and he never had any problems because of having solids early. You have to do what you think is best the only thing doctors can do is advise they cannot make you do anything, if your going to do it dont give too much just a few spoonfulls and take it from there.



Do what you think is right after you have asked people i would certainly ask parents or grandparetns because they may have done it.



Hope all goes well

Claire - posted on 03/23/2009

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Hi Jordan,



 



Talk to your parents, grandparents, HV, friends, everyone you can and make up your own mind about what is best for your baby.  I started my little girl on porridge at 3 months, against the NHS advice because I felt she needed it and she was absolutely fine.  Go with what you feel is right and be happy and confident with your decision.

Amie - posted on 03/23/2009

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Only for a medical reason on the advice by your babies doctor. If that is not the case then no, not at all.

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