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Jun 26, 2009
Starting solids
My twins are almost 10 months old, 6 months adjusted. The pedi said we can start solids, rice cereal for 3 days, then one food every 3 days. I would like advice on how best to introduce solids. Twin A is a little behind developmentally than Twin B. But Twin B has bottle aversion. Both girls are teething too. I've tried rice cereal for 3 days and sweet potato and carrots. So far, not much luck and I don't want to push them and cause food aversions. But I really wish Twin B would love solids so that her bottle intake won't be so critical. She weighs 17 lbs which is good for now but she's drinking the bare minimum of 18-20oz per day. But somehow, she's really active and happy. I don't know where she get the energy to fight us every bottle session. Is there a trick to get them to eat solids?
Jun 26, 2009
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
Be careful with the solids. The more solids she takes the less she will take of the formula. The calorie content in stage 1 baby foods so so light. It takes 2 to 3 containers to equal the calories in a bottle. I know it is so tempting.. trust me I have been there. Stage 2s are a little bettter because you can do the fruit with granola and the veggie meat combos both of which have more calories. Read labels. She still needs her fluids though. Also watch the rice cereal. A lot of refluxer have a hard time with rice cereal for some reason but do well on oatmeal. Does she have constipation issues? We all feel your bottle fights. It is aweful! Have you tried a cup? If you are ready to do that do it carefully so she doesnt get an aversion to that like Ryan did. Start with setting it on her tray, let her play with it, take the stopper out of it and just put water in it to let her make a wet mess of herself so she finds it fun. After she establishes a liking to it then add the milk then the stopper. I learned all this after the fact... after I forced the issue and screwed myself with the cup too. Its getting better though because I was told what I just told you and started over. Good luck and welcome!!
Jun 27, 2009
helen lai
Mom to Matthew, 01/16/08, GERD baby, has been on Zantac since 2 mos. Aidan, his twin brother, no GERD. Max-ed out on Zantac at 1ml-3 times/day, and switched to Prevacid 15mg split tab 08/20/08. Switched again to 20mg Prilosec 09/18/08 due to Prevacid's restlessness/headache side effects. Reflux was out of control again and had to switch to 10mg Nexium 02/11/09. Good result so far.
My GERD twin still has aversion to some texture food too but it got much better now. He started solid at about 7 months and it took me a couple weeks until he could take half a teaspoon of oatmeal cereal once a day. I was so discouraged and thought he would never eat solid but thing gradually got better. I kept offering him solid every day at the time when he's hungry and happy (in the morning after nap and before bottle). Rice, banana, carrot make my twins constipated so I switched to oatmeal, sweet potato, squash, avocado, pumpkin, etc. Avocado is an excellent first food packed with lots of nutrients and low on allergen. Later on, I added mashed egg yolk to cereal and then added wheat germ, ground flax seed. I did the solid introduction very slowly and watch out for allergy sign. I found this website that has good tips on introducing solid to reflux baby: Hang in there! Don't stress out too much (like I did) if they don't seem to like solids at the beginning. Hope thing would get better soon for you and the babies.
Jun 30, 2009
Ginger Bennett
Mom to Stanton, 6/12/2008
dx with GERD at 7 weeks. dx with EE at 21 months
Past Life - Early Intervention Specialist and Eval Team Member
We are also having a really difficult time with solids. My son just turned 1 year. He refuses most attempts to feed. He takes stage 2 formula with rice cereal mixed in his bottles. He will take about 4 bites of yougart and maybe 2 bites of stage 1 applesauce. Some days he'll try sweet potatoes and carrots, but others he refuses. We have an occupational therapist coming next week to due a sensory evaluation. I'd love tips here too! PS - I'm also new to this site and so happy to have found it. How do I upload a picture? Can't figure that out! Thanks, Ginger
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