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Aug 03, 2008
nicholas'smom
advice on introducing solids
Hi all. Nicholas will be four months in a couple of weeks. I know from my experience with Nathan that our pediatrician usually has people introduce solids at four months. Any recommendations, suggestions on sequence etc of introduction for Nicholas? With his reflux, hypoallergenic formula need and eczema, I'm just worried that he will have food allergies and want to take it slow as well as try things that he may be least likely to have trouble with first. Any tips welcome.
Aug 03, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
Other than cereal, our pedi didn't want anything introduced until 6 months. We ended up having to halt solid introduction until 7 months because Halley did so poorly (excessive vomiting, etc.). If you do decide to start solids other than cereal, I would recommend starting with pears or something equally bland. Good luck!
Aug 03, 2008
mommyto2
BRANDON-Zantac and Bethanacol; Neocate formula, 2 sets of ear tubes, Adnoids removed, Vasomotor Rhinits, Asthma. Currently on: Xyzal, Omnaris, Flovent and Xopenex,
AUBREY-Zegerid 2x a day, Soy Milk, Tubes put in and adnoids removed (11-7), Hypotonia, ECI therapy for low muscle tone throughout trunk and hips, oral motor issues and sensory integration issues, delayed speech, Teething, probiotics
PICTURE: Aubrey in her cute cat outfit. If you look you can see how her right foot turns in. She walks that way as well. It is not as exaggerated in the morning's but gets worse in the evenings. This was after her nap.
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Many reflux babies tend to have a harder time on the rice cereal-oatmeal seems to be a better starter. I would ask pedi about starting there.
Aug 03, 2008
maggiemom
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
I'd stick to cereal and maybe something like bananas till 6mos. Diff. babies have had diff. reactions so it's hard to say what to avoid. It's just trial and error. Good Luck!
Aug 03, 2008
mdbarbagallo
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
If I were you, I would wait until he is at least six months. Our allergist actually recommends waiting even longer than that if a child is allergy prone... We had nothing but bad luck with solids, and now we are off them completely until at least October (I know my son is a special case, but still.). It doesn't hurt to wait if you can. Sebastian is a BIG boy (25 pounds, 31.5 inches), and he is still satiated on just Neocate...this is my MHO, though!
Aug 03, 2008
mom2coy
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
i agree with melissa. coyle is 10.5 mo (9.5 mo. adjusted) and most solids are still a struggle. most pedi's will tell you that solids make reflux better but they've made his reflux worse-just like many other kiddos on here. if i had known better, i would have waited..

as long as he is gaining weight well and not drinking more than 32 ounces of formula a day then they are not nutritionally required. most babies can do fine healthwise w/o solids until up to 9 mo. actually... if you think he is starving and needs the food please visit www.wholesomebabyfood.com for guidance. great advice.
Aug 03, 2008
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
My dd did much better once we introduced solids, but there's no hx of food allergies in either family, so we did the intro at 4 months on ped's approval. Allie had been having her formula REALLY thickened (3 tps/oz) with oatmeal cereal for 2 months already, so we skipped just the cereal stage.

We started with sweet potatoes, then pears, then prunes (out of desperation with constipation, so that's out of order). From then on, we just did one food per 7 days, starting with the non-gassy foods. I believe the general time frame for waiting out any reaction is 7-10 days.

It's up to you when you want to start, though I agree with most of the moms here that if there's any history of allergies or eczema stuff, I'd wait.

Aug 03, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie diagnosed with GERD at 3 week.
I'd wait; like Sebastian Katie is off of all solids as they made her reflux much worse. Rice cereal was the worst!! Oatmeal was a little better; she would just continually reflux it instead of throw it up. With child # 2 (not anytime soon!) I would wait until 6 mos, JMO.
Aug 04, 2008
blueleopard
Pictured: G'mom w/3 kids. I'm mom to 1 angel Melissa (dec'd 11/92 - hypoplastic left-heart syn.)
2 healthy daughters (knock wood) Cory (16), Kim (11) & Eric (4) diagnosed with e.e. (scoped 8/08), GERD & severe food/seasonal allergies, asthma. Cried non-stop first 17 mths. of life Found out he is allergic to cow's milk, soy, eggs, and peanuts. Takes Prevacid, Neocate One Plus & Flovent.
If I could go back & do it again, I would proceed slowly. Really, there is no need to start until 6 mths. I would intro. one thing a week & watch carefully for reactions. These would include rashes, diarrehea, constipation, vomiting, behavioral issues (excessive crying). What I've read: No milk products until after 1 year of age. No eggs until after 2. No nuts until after 3. Be careful with citrus & fish. You could look under kidswith foodallergies.org for more info. I'm sure. Good Luck, Ellen
Aug 04, 2008
nicholas'smom
Thanks for all the advice. I will check out the websites you mentioned. I may just wait until 6 months. I think I'll at least wait until his next GI appointment next month.
Aug 04, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
I think that's a good idea. Very few of the refluxers here have done well with solids. It was hell for us until Halley turned about 9 months. After that, she was able to tolerate a lot more things. Also, if he has a reaction to something, wait a month or two and try again. Halley couldn't handle green beans or sweet pot at first (it was like a scene out of the Exorcist around here), but now she can eat them just fine. Good luck!
Aug 04, 2008
ethan's mom
Meridith
Mom to Ethan, born 4/23/08. Diagnosed with Reflux at about 1 month, started medicating with Zantac, which wasn't helpful for us. At about 2.5 months, we started on Prevacid, twice a day, and that is working much better.
Ethan is breastfed and has a few solids that he is enjoying very much.
I have a friend, who had babies without reflux, who used the program in the "Super Baby Foods" book. It suggests starting with rice cereal, avacado, sweet potato and bananas in the first month. Her kids are great eaters, and often ask for second helpings of vegetables, so we are going to try to follow this plan with Ethan, if the reflux allows.
Check with your
doctor first!