Is my 6 month old reacting to 1st cereals?

Posted on: Thu, 06/19/2003 - 8:07am
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

Okay - call me paranoid but I think my 6 1/2 month old is not doing well with her rice and now oatmeal cereal. Possibly allergies? I have followed the FAAN guidelines for infants with a high risk of food allergies but now I am stumped. I breastfed exclusively for 6 months then started rice cereal by Gerber for 10 days. She had gas which she didn't have prior to the rice cereal. I then started her on oatmeal and both times within 2 hours she had diarrhea. The allergist and pediatrician said probably not allergies but take her off of the cereal for a few days and then start her on Beechnut brand. I e-mailed Dr. Sampson to see if he would respond with a suggestion for me. I guess this could be just a normal reaction to the introduction of first foods but I am WORRIED. Maybe I should exclusively breastfeed again and hold off on food for another few months. Any thoughts???

Posted on: Thu, 06/19/2003 - 9:39am
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

In my opinion and experience, I would not stop feeding her solid foods. She needs those nutrients in solid foods to help her thrive and grow. Please do not stop the solid foods.
All of my children went through the same thing.
Almost all babies have gas (as well as a little diarrhea) at some point in their precious lives. It's completely normal.
This is what I have done in the past and am doing right now with my 5 month old.
I only use rice cereal to start. Then each time I introduce a new solid, I mix the new solid (about 3-4 baby spoons) with the rice
cereal. I continue to do this with the same new solid for 5 days. Then I introduce a new solid and use the same way of introducing it.
This has worked for me so I hope this helps.
p.s. you said to call you paranoid--ok your paranoid [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 06/19/2003 - 10:08am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

You probably already know this, but just in case....
What liquids do you use for the cereals ? Tap water ? Milk ? your own breastmik ? The baby could be reacting to the liquid.

Posted on: Thu, 06/19/2003 - 10:35am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

When I gave my dd rice, I realized she vomited after a few times. She always had reflux, so I was not sure, but realized it escalated until she had a pretty violent episode of it after the last time. I stopped it for a month. She was about 5 months old. I continued to exclusively bf in the meantime, then introduced barley the next try, at 6 months. She did great with that. My M-I-L suggested barley, and she had kids with some food allergies, so I just took her advoce. I do not know if it is highly tolerated compared to others. But do try some different grains after a fair trial of several days. It does take a bit for their tummies to get used to new food.
I also wondered about the liquid. I used expressed breastmilk or water with out first cereals. Juices can cause diarrhea. becca
[This message has been edited by becca (edited June 19, 2003).]

Posted on: Thu, 06/19/2003 - 9:53pm
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

Yes, I also was wondering about the liquids you are using.
I only use water and I agree with becca that juices will cause diarrhea.

Posted on: Fri, 06/20/2003 - 7:26am
Codyman's picture
Joined: 08/14/2002 - 09:00

With my second child, I didn't introduce solids until 7 months of age. He was 8lbs 10oz at birth and was quite healthy.
When I introduced rice cereal my son refused to eat it, the little that I managed to get into him, he would throw up later.
We had gone to the Family doctor and Allergist when he was 6 months because he refused to drink formula, it was finally determined that he could not digest Milk based formulas.
When it came time for solids I didn't think to read the ingredients but once I did, I read that the cereal had milk in it. We took my son off the baby cereal as he didn't really need it.
Something to think about maybe the ingredients in the cereal .....

Posted on: Fri, 06/20/2003 - 8:43am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

I see others have mentionned water. You have to know that water varies wildly, from tap to tap, or from bottled water to bottled water.
My mom swore by Evian water, saying it was often marketed as *the* water for babies. That's what my kids had.

Posted on: Fri, 06/20/2003 - 9:33am
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

Thx everyone. I am following some of your suggestions.

Posted on: Fri, 06/20/2003 - 3:21pm
tgab's picture
Joined: 06/24/2000 - 09:00

Sorry, I'm a little late.
The symptoms you are describing could be allergy related, but not necessarily. It's tough for a little tummy that has only ever had breastmilk, which is made especially for it, to start digesting strange foods all of a sudden. A 6 month old baby doesn't really *need* solid food. Breastmilk has way, way, way more nutrients than cereal. So don't sweat it if your baby doesn't do well with the cereal. It could be that it will just take her a while to get used to it. Maybe you could reduce the amount you are giving her for a while and see if that helps.

Posted on: Sat, 06/21/2003 - 7:58am
ks65's picture
Joined: 03/06/2002 - 09:00

My dd has a PA and I waited until 6 months to start solids with my ds. He was allergic to we started with rice cereal. However, be cautious with Barley. My ped. allergist had told us at the time that Barley can be highly allergenic. Rice is the best to start with...and if allergies run in the family do oatmeal later...

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