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Feb 28, 2010
When did you start your baby on cereal and solid food?
Hi, My baby is 4 1/2 month old, she is not a good drinker. She is on and off. Some days would intake milk without no problem. Other days she is terrible and refuses to take even a sip. I am scared to depend just on formula so I am interested in starting cereal for her. I will check with her doc but was just curious when you guys might have started your baby on cereal and solid. I was thinking of introducing my baby with cereal once a day till she is 6 months old and then start solid food (jar food) at 6 months. Any suggestions?
Mar 01, 2010
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Personally, I would avoid cereals. In addition to the fact that most are highly processed, a lot of refluxers have a tough time with them. Given that your little one sounds like she isn't inclined to take in adequate fluids, I would also be concerned about the potential for difficulty keeping her hydrated, as more solids (especially cereals) and less milk/formula means a need for added fluid from somewhere. You can start on whole unprocessed foods, but even then, you'd be well advised to take it slowly, as many refluxers also seem to struggle with allergy/intolerance issues. Baby's digestive systems take awhile to mature enough to tolerate many solids, and relfuxers even more so.
Mar 01, 2010
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
Sorry, but I agree with Lorenzo's mom. You dont want to risk food allergies, don't want to agrevate the GI track more and you dont want to fill her belly with solids and have her drink even less. I waited until I was comfortable with Ryan's fluid intake level before I introduced solids as I did not want his amounts to decrease even more. Plus there are so few calories in cereal and babyfoods. She needs the nutrition and high calories of her milk. I know it is tempting but I would try to get to the bottom of why is is not intaking more milk before going to solids. First things first unfortunately. Have called on your local Early Access group for a feeding and nutrition evaluation? I strongly recommend that if you have dont done so already.
Mar 02, 2010
Thanks for the suggestions. Very much appreciated it. I don't think they have a early access group here in Canda. I tried googling it and couldn't find anything.
Check with your
doctor first!