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Rice Cereal

Lauren - posted on 07/30/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My baby boy is about two and a half weeks old and he is having problems gaining weight. The doctor suggested putting one tsp of rice cereal in his milk. I am kind of concerned about this because I have also read a lot into this and it seems like it can cause more problems later on. They want us to do this because he isn't gaining weight well, but we are also seeing a GI specialist on Tuesday. I almost want to wait until Tuesday to do this because I don't want to feed him this and regret it later. Has anyone else had to do this?? He isn't losing weight, he just isn't gaining super well, but it also doesn't seem to be affecting him. Do you think I can wait until I see the specialist on Tuesday?

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Jennifer - posted on 07/30/2010

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i would wait, and possibly see another pediatrician for a second opinion. i wouldn't be comfortable giving a baby cereal to try and make them gain weight, especially one so young, unless completely necessary. trying to force a healthy baby to gain weight can lead to obesity down the line. babies will gain weight according to their own pattern, and just because yours may not follow the "average" doctors go by, does not mean you have an unhealthy baby.

if he is a happy baby, and seems content i would wait and see. a doctor gives you their opinion, what you do with that opinion is up to you as the Mother. Plenty of doctors go by outdated information. Trust your instincts because you know your baby better than anyone else.

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Lauren - posted on 08/03/2010

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I just saw the doctor today and since I feed my son breastmilk the cereal wouldn't even work to thicken the milk because of the enzymes in breastmilk, she gave us a prescription for a gel thickener, which I feel way way better about since it will just thicken the milk a little and is totally safe for my little boy! Also he gained some weight finally!!!!

Trina - posted on 08/03/2010

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I would wait too. You are a smart mama for listening to your instincts and yes...doctors can and do give out lots of outdated info. By the way another treatment for GERD is baby prevacid (just putting that out there so everyone knows that cereal is not the only option).

Bernadette - posted on 08/02/2010

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if he isn't losing weight, I don't see how it would hurt to wait a few more days.

Melanie - posted on 08/01/2010

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U should wait to see a GI specialist. Giving ur baby cereal now can cause digestive problems. If u are not breastfeeding I would ask the GI about putting a baby probiotic in the formula. This can help the overall digestion of nutrients, and if ur baby is not breastfeed their not getting all of the probiotics.

Hope that helps.

Jodie - posted on 07/31/2010

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We added 1/2 a tablespoon per 4 oz with my daughter because she couldn't keep formula down. I would just wait to see what the specialist says too.

Lauren - posted on 07/31/2010

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Thank you for all the advice!!! I am for sure going to wait because he is eating well and seems content. I really don't want to give it to him this young unless it is desperate!

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I would wait til you go see the specialist. Also almost every brand of formula makes a higher calorie version like Similac NeoSure or Enfamil Enfacare. When my 4 year old son was little he wasn't gaining weight well, my doc had me pump and put a scoop into his breast milk 2-3 times a day because I wanted to continue nursing. Worked like a charm.

Kristy - posted on 07/31/2010

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I would wait to see the GI specialist.... you are right, the cereal that early can cause later development al issues with his stomach - such as acid reflux, GERD, and liver issues in the future. It is prefered that the child has at least doubled their weight so these medical issues are less likely to occur

I know the fisrt couple of weeks babies lose weight at first, but then they gain it back. It might also be from breast feeding or formula if you formula feed. My niece had that issue, but her stools were black (blood in them) and it was because she was allergic to ALL milk protein. My sister went off all milk products (all not just cow's). That fixed her problem

Lisa - posted on 07/30/2010

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My son had reflux so the doctor told us to add rice cereal and he did well. My nephew was very thin as a young baby and once cereal was added to his bottles he did great

Cecily - posted on 07/30/2010

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thats strange! my stop is 25 lbs at 7 1/2 months bc of the rice cereal! lol!

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Rice cereal has almost no calories I was told to stop giving it to my daughter when she was 4 months old and not gaining weight. My daughter stopped gaining weight at 3 months and was at 11 lbs until she was 5 months old I then got the checks from WIC to get her baby food and she began to gain weight... now she's 15.5 lbs.

Obviously you can't give him baby food at his age... my point is that there might be a better way to get him to gain.

The only long term effect I've noticed with rice cereal was that she began to hate the taste and doesn't even really like it in baby food now.

Lauren - posted on 07/30/2010

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He spits up a decent amount, but he seems to only get hungry at regular intervals, they are kind of worried that he spits up too much and that is why he isn't gaining weight. I would just rather wait because he is so young still. I am concerned he has inherited GI issues since I have so many and he just spits up so much. Anyways I think I will just wait until Tuesday to make sure the specialist gives me some direction.

Cecily - posted on 07/30/2010

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if he is happy and not constantly hungry, i would wait.



my personal situatuion is based on reflux. we had to put my son on very thick bottles, 1tbsp per 1oz at 1 month old!! my son was spitting/throwing up and was ALWAYS hungry. he hasnt had issues and hasnt had to see a specialist.



i hope everything works out! and remember every dr gives different advice, MOMMY KNOWS BEST! if ur not comfortable with something, go with ur instinct, trust it!

Karmi - posted on 07/30/2010

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I had to add rice cereal in my son's formula for spit up reasons. I don't think it did anything bad to him. He also sees a GI doctor for some other reasons with his bowels, but the rice cereal never cause these problems. I don't know why your son is going to a GI doc, but if you do feel more comfortable until you see the GI then just wait. I'm sure 3 more days won't hurt him. Check all your options first though, you are the mother and I was also scared just like you. But honeslty it did help for my son's problem and I think it would be okay to do for your son also.

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