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Do I even HAVE to give my daughter rice cereal?

Lauren - posted on 03/23/2009 ( 20 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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Angela - posted on 03/23/2009

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We started my daughter, now 16 months, on mashed potatoes with breastmilk. The reason they say they need the cereal is for the iron. If she is breastfeed she doesnt need the extra iron. Then I just started trying new veggies every few days. Every baby is different, you are the mom and you know what is right. Do what is best for you!

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I started my daughter on veggies mostly. She loved sweet potatoes, avocados. Your daughter's pretty young so at this age, I wouldn't worry about her needing cereal. They just suggest that because most babies have an easier time digesting it and also it has iron. But, if she is drinking formula, she is probably getting plenty of iron and I would try something else instead.

Velvet - posted on 03/24/2009

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My son never ate cereal...he had an intolerance to oatmeal and rice, so he never had it. My pediatrician told me that he didn't really NEED solids until age 6months. That's when we started trying baby foods. Therefore, I never had to deal with the cereal constipation issue.

User - posted on 03/24/2009

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You dont have to give your baby rice cereal!

I have started my little one with vegetables (steam cooked), then moved to fruits etc...

My baby was also constipated. Try to give your baby more fluids (water which has been boiled and then cooled down). I also give prunes (fresh prunes which I cook and then blend) or if you are lazy you can buy the prune jar.

Good luck

Sara - posted on 03/24/2009

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To help keep my daughter regular we add prune juice (the adult kind, not the baby prune juice) to her bottles. We add about half ounce in the morning and a half ounce int he evening and that helps to keep her stools soft. If not, she usually has poo that is way too hard. You can titrate that up or down depending on how much your daughter needs, but it's a good place to start. Also, I'd like to add that I've read in my baby books that you are not supposed to give a baby citrus until after they turn 1 because of the acidity of it. Not trying to bash what other moms have done, just want to share what I have read. Hope that helps! :)

KeiCee - posted on 03/24/2009

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My first son had the same problem. We tried watering down the cereal and also prunes...didn't work. What did? Orange juice. He's 4 now and I still use orange juice to help things along when he needs it.

Helen - posted on 03/24/2009

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at 6 months my little man was eating almost everything that we do ( blended) never been constipated since - blend up a peach and give her some of that it should help get things moving.

Joanne - posted on 03/24/2009

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That has just happened to my bub too. I've stopped solids and given him juice twice a day (50/50 water) about 60ml. Now not that keen on starting him on solids as it's taken about 3 days of him being in pain for it to pass. Am thinking now I might put off the solids for a while until he gets hungry again and then introduce them slowly. Seems to have managed pretty well the last 3 days on only milk and a bit of juice so just going to see.

Lauren - posted on 03/24/2009

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She is bottle fed and totally ready to eat. She would start crying if she saw us eating and one day she actually took a granola bar out of my hands and tried to stick it in her mouth! She's a quick little bugger:) Thak you eeryone for your input!!!!!

Andrea - posted on 03/23/2009

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If it's not working for her, stop giving it to her.  Six months is the average or usual time to start solids.  It's just a guideline.  But,  nothing magical will happen if you wait, or switch to another type of grain or maybe even fruit.  Is she ready to eat?  One of mine would watch my husband and I eat and open her mouth and follow our spoons - that's how I knew it was time, 6 and 1/2 months. The other, I started too early, he came down with a skin rash (4 months,doctor's orders), I quit and started around 7 months, much better.  Go with your intuition - you are her mommy, you know in your heart, what to do (even if you are sleep deprived still lol).  Take care and enjoy your sweet baby - they grow fast (8 and 10 now). 

Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2009

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How long has she been constipated?  Is she breast fed? bottle fed? I would say drop the rice and start the fruit.  prunes for sure!  no applesauce but apple juice is OK.  !  You are also going to have to get her started and that first poop is going to be a doosey!  We used Mineral Oil with our kids and glycerin suppositories too.  Please ask your MD before you might try any of these medicines. 



 



 

Denise - posted on 03/23/2009

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My daughter started to poop more often when I started veggies and went to oatmeal cereal.

Emily - posted on 03/23/2009

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You can definately do another single grain cereal. They all have the iron that the rice cereal does.

Tamara - posted on 03/23/2009

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Lauren, I'd go ahead and wait until 6 months and than follow your LO's lead on the solids. www.wholesomebabyfoods.com is a great resource for what to start on and has recipes for making your own baby food.

Tamara - posted on 03/23/2009

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I tried rice cereal for all of 5 days before tossing it out and giving DD finger foods like carrots and bananas. It smelled horrible and tasted worse.

Erin - posted on 03/23/2009

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I add her rice cereal to apple sauce or somthing she likes so she gets the iron but i dont really give it to her anymore

Lindsey - posted on 03/23/2009

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Doctors say to start with rice cereal because it's hypoallergenic. I'm going to assume that that your daughter is at least 4 months old. She should definitely have grains, but oatmeal may be better. Also, stay away from bananas because that is also constipating. Both of my boys started with cereal (any kind), fruits, and vegetables at the same time as my doctor suggested. So no, you don't have to give her rice cereal.

Roxanne - posted on 03/23/2009

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You don't say how old she is? But have you tried boiling prunes and mashing them up for her. If she won't drink the juice this might work. About 4 prunes (dried) to a cup of water, cool and mash. It used to work for my kids. Also it can take a day or two for it to work through some kids systems.

Emily - posted on 03/23/2009

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How old is your daughter? How long has she been on rice cereal? After 3 days I switched to the single grain oatmeal since my daughter was so constipated. That and prunes(not juice) really helped her.

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