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    Question Help! Solids at 4 mos.

    Yesturday, was my dd four month check-up and we have been battling her reflux ever since she was two weeks of age. We have tried almost every kind of medicine out there and nothing seems to work. Lately shes been fussier than a month ago. Its like her colic has returned! The doctor decided we should try prevacid this time and also rice cereal. So for the first time I introduced to my dd infant rice cereal; she ate it right up and if fact wanted much more. The doctor didn't really explain the solid food schedule to me, so my question is....how much cereal do I give her a day and when do I begin increasing in amounts. The first feeding I gave her a 1 tbls. of cereal + 4 tbls. of breastmilk. Is that enough? And for how long do I give her that amount? Thanks for everyones help with this; I had always planned on waiting til 6 months, but her colic and reflux is just getting so bad that I'm desperate.

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    Default Re: Help! Solids at 4 mos.

    At four months, breast milk should still be her main source of nutrition, but you can feed her solids a couple of times a day.

    In the beginning, you are really feeding her just enough to help her become familiar with taking food from a spoon and swallowing.

    For the first couple of weeks, you should stick to baby cereals, such as rice, oatmeal, or barley.

    Once she has become adept at eating baby cereal, you can begin expanding her diet. Some pediatricians recommend fruit before vegetables; others recommend vegetables before fruit; and still others really don't make a difference between the two.

    By the time your baby is around six months old, you will probably be feeding her a schedule of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will still need to give her plenty of breast milk too, though.

    hth!

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    Default Re: Help! Solids at 4 mos.

    My twins have bad reflux also. I have pasted an excerpt from our GI specialists website:

    For Infants:

    -Elevate the head of the crib or bed about 30 degrees.
    -If the baby is bottle fed, add up to one tablespoon of rice cereal to 2 ounces of infant milk (includes expressed breast milk). This may be too thick for your infant to easily take through the nipple. Experiment with the nipple size, cross cut the nipple, or vary the amount of cereal added to a desirable thickness.
    -Burp your baby after they have ingested 1 or 2 ounces of formula, or for breastfed infants, after they have completed feeding on one side.
    -Do not overfeed your infant. Discuss the amounts of formula / breastmilk which are appropriate for your child's size, with your doctor.
    -When possible, hold your infant upright in your arms for 30 minutes after feeding.
    -Discuss sleep positioning with your doctor, as some infants may need to be placed on their sides or stomach when they have GER.

    We elevated the cribs by having the headboard side one notch up from the foot. Also a couple thick phonebooks work to prop up the mattress. When it gets really bad the kids also sleep in their swings (but now they don't want to nap anywhere else )

    Hang in there, it gets better. We are now at almost 8 months, and except when sick (colds) the twins don't spit up much. We also went from screaming/crying 6-8 hours a day to maybe 1 hr total (usually when poopy diaper or they don't want to sleep).

    Good Luck
    Nancy
    Mom to Elijah & Audrey 9/19/06
    Twin GERDlings

    for 21 mo



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    Default Re: Help! Solids at 4 mos.

    thank you both so much for the information you provided me! I have a good feeling that the cereal will help...at least I'm hoping so. She seems to be doing better thus far, I just hope her good days continue. Thanks again!!!

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    Default Re: Help! Solids at 4 mos.

    Have you tried changing your diet? I cut out some things like dairy citrus and saw improvement within a few days. She is like a different baby now, so happy

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    Default Re: Help! Solids at 4 mos.

    Quote Originally Posted by proud mommy View Post
    Have you tried changing your diet? I cut out some things like dairy citrus and saw improvement within a few days. She is like a different baby now, so happy
    Yes! Some doctors write off issues as colic without looking into anything further. Oh the baby is crying a lot? Must be colic! Not trying to get flamed here, but I don't think "colic" exsists. I think there is something wrong, you just don't know what yet. Here is a list of foods that may cause colic from Dr. Sears site.

    Here is Dr. Sears take on "colic" actually being GER many times...
    Once upon a time a fussy baby was labeled with "colic," which is really a five-letter word for "the doctor doesn't know why." New insights into the cause of colicky behavior and frequent, painful nightwaking episodes reveal that oftentimes babies hurt because of some underlying medical problem. In fact, in our practice we have replaced the term "colicky baby" with "the hurting baby," which motivates the parents and the doctor to keep searching for the cause. One of the most common hidden medical causes of colic is a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux (GER), in which irritating stomach acids are regurgitated into the esophagus causing pains that adults would call "heartburn." GER is caused by a malfunction of the valve- like muscles between the stomach and the esophagus. Besides triggering colicky behavior, GER is a subtle cause of unexplained bouts of wheezing or asthma in infants and children.
    Hugs mama!
    “Only with trust, faith, and support can the woman allow the birth experience to enlighten and empower her.” - Annie Kennedy & Penny Simkin

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