If your baby is struggling with reflux, you may have heard friends or family members suggest adding cereal to his bottle to thicken the milk and help her say no. Many parents claim their baby is given cereal in the bottle and some pediatricians even recommend it to parents. Infants with GERD and their GI doctor will often include prescriptions to ease symptoms in their bottles. If you have a baby with GER and it has reflux and vomiting, add cereals to the formula.
However, other pediatricians warn that adding cereals can reduce episodes of spitting and spitting out episodes, but does not cure reflux.
When parents add cereal to the bottle, they can reduce the amount of breast milk or formula they put into the bottles to make room for the added cereal. If your baby consumes less breast milk and formula, it will get less of the vital nutrients it needs. Breast milk and formula can provide all the nutrients a baby needs, while cereals provide little or no nutritional value after 6 months.
Generally, your baby should be fully breastfed or formula fed, but many parents start giving babies cereal before they are satisfied, even if they drink a lot of breast milk and / or formula.
If your baby seems hungry, some parents may tell you to put rice cereals in their formula bottle. My first doctor recommended that I give him rice cereals when he was four months old and seemed very hungry every few hours after drinking 6-8 ounces.
My baby, however, did not seem to be satisfied with the bottle and did not sleep long enough at night.
Some parents put rice cereals into their baby’s bottle at six weeks old, and some parents swear by the supplement. If your doctor knows your baby and your situation best, follow his instructions on how much you should add, but if the parents swear by this supplement, it is not in your child’s interest to follow this advice.
If your formula, breast milk or rice cereal is thicker, you may need to use a nipple with a larger hole so that your child can feed more easily. Cut a small “X” into the bottom of the bottle with sterilization scissors, about 1 / 2 inch from the top.
One of the things you can use to thicken it is corn syrup, but you have to try many different brands at this stage and they can make it expensive. Your doctor may tell you to simply cut off the nipple, or check and talk to your doctor to see if he can help you with your nipple situation. All doctors vary, so please ask before you go, as many of them can cause you and your child trouble.
Contrary to popular belief, adding cereals and other solid foods to your baby’s diet will not help him sleep through the night. First, he must have rice in the bottle to get reflux, and this cannot be done in the bottle, even if his doctor explicitly recommends it. Muesli does not need to be bottled unless it has been specifically suggested by him or your doctor to do so.
If your baby gets tired or forgets to take solid food from the bottle, it will be hard to eat without a spoon.
Grain intake at 4-6 months of age can also increase the risk of food allergies. Therefore, solid food should not be ingested until the baby is at least four months old unless the pediatrician says otherwise.
At this age, the infant’s digestive system develops sufficiently to handle solids. Babies with GERD tend to spit profusely, and the extra weight of rice cereals can help them keep their formula low. Rice cereals are rich in fiber and can be used to thicken milk, which can cause problems with the baby’s stomach and digestive tract.
When the time is right, start with rice cereals, which have traditionally been the first food for babies. You can start with a variety of different types of rice cereals, from those you prefer to those you don’t like, or even a combination of both.
First, mix the cereal with breast milk, formula or water and then mix it with a mixture of milk and water for a few minutes before feeding.
This way your baby will be able to drink breast milk, which should be his main source of food until the first year of life. Never add cereal to a baby’s bottle unless your doctor recommends it and feed it with a small baby spoon. For example, you may have a friend or family member who suggests feeding baby cereals in a bottle.