Oct 14

Oatmeal Acid Reflux

A: First off I would go to a different pediatrician, and seek a second opinion. Feeding babies solids too early can mess up baby’s stomach for the rest of his life, 4 months is when you should introduce baby to infant cereal.
NEVER feed from a bottle, Always feed from a spoon, putting solids in a bottle or infant feeder leads to over eating, baby can possibly choke on food by eating it too fast, also feeding from a spoon teaches baby motor skills if you feed solids in a bottle baby will become lazy and want to always take the easy way out.
Please only feed with a spoon when feeding solids.
When introducing baby to a baby spoon. Place the food on the tip of the spoon & place between your baby’s upper lip and gum. as he grows he will be used to the idea of the spoon and you will be able to put whole spoon in baby’s mouth.

Q: My 3 month old wont take her bottle..?
In the past 4 or 5 days, my baby has hardly been eating at all. She’ll take a tiny bit and then gag. She has also been sleeping almost all day and all night, way more than she used to. When I try to give her the bottle, she cries and gets upset, but she chews and sucks on her fist as if she is hungry. I’m really worried. I’ve been to the emergency room twice and the doctors hardly even looked at her (our hospital is the WORST). I’m wondering if she’s teething already, because she drools A LOT. She does have acid reflux, and putting baby oatmeal in it has kept her from throwing it all up. I can’t think of any more relevent details but please give advice cause I’m stuck here. Thanks

A: Our son started teething about that age. Sucking on the bottle can be really tough for them at that point….it hurts! perhaps this is what is going on. She’s a little young for a sippy cup, but if worse comes to worse, you can fed her with a medicine “syringe”. You know the type….they hold about a tablespoon on so. We had to use one to feed our son once when he couldn’t keep anything down and had no appatite. Small very frequent feeding were the answer.

Hope any of this helps you out……good luck!

Q: Esophagus burn…..how can I treat it/ how long does it last?
OK, so the other day I did a really stupid thing by swallowing BURNING hot oatmeal. Trust me, it was extremely painful as it was slowly traveling down my esophagus. Now, it hurts to eat period. I am 99 percent sure that I caused a burn in my esophagus. I want to know how I can make it less painful to eat, and also how long it will last. I do have mild acid reflux, but I have never experienced problems with my esophagus previously.
OK, so the other day I did a really stupid thing by swallowing BURNING hot oatmeal. Trust me, it was extremely painful as it was slowly traveling down my esophagus. Now, it hurts to eat period. I am 99 percent sure that I caused a burn in my esophagus. I want to know how I can make it less painful to eat, and also how long it will last. I do have mild acid reflux, but I have never experienced problems with my esophagus previously.

Additions— only my esophagus burns, not my throat, because tissue in the tongue and throat are far more resilient than the esophagus.

A: Take some pepto bismol to coat your throat and eat soft foods. It will take a few days for the pain to decrease. Eat the soft foods for about a week becuase it will take a little longer for your throat to heal good.

Q: 6 month old spitting up brown?
my 6 month old son only drinks formual and so far has only had oatmeal & rice cereal. he has acid reflux so he spits up frequently. that is starting to get better. however, this morning twice when he spit up it was the usual spit up mixed with brown. i called the dr and they said to watch him. said it could be the oatmeal (unlikely since this has never happened before and he’s been eating that for a couple months now) or sometimes brown means blood. so if it happens again we are to call back. so far it hasn’t. just curious if this has happened to anyone else before? if so, what was the cause? really really worried.

A: i would be concerned as well… as i have a 5 month old who has always had severe reflux and some times he spitsup and it looks different than other times that he spits up… when you say ‘brown’ what color brown was it? was it a dark reddish brown? if so, take him in immediately. if it was a lighter brown, it couldve been from the oatmeal, or the formula clumping up.. or it couldve been oatmeal from a different feeding that just didnt sit right with him for some reason. i’ve seen anything from white to clear to brown and now to orange and green from peas and sweet potatoes lol.. and the brown, with dylan, IS from the oatmeal. sometimes he spits it up, sometimes he doesn’t, but i know its not blood.

dylan was spitting up watery brown and screamed for 2 days straight and wouldnt sleep. he had ear infections, but the watery spit up the ped said was from all the drool that he swallows (hes been teething) and not to be of concern. does he eat solids ever?

has he been cranky or acting out of the ordinary? in the end, it really comes down to one thing – your instincts. your the mommy and you know your son (and hes puke (= ) better than anyone else. if something is not right and you are that concerned, take him in.. there is no hurt in being cautious when it comes to your little guy’s health.

good luck and hope it all works out okay!

Q: 16 week old feeding question?
hi i have a 16 week old boy he is on nutramigen formula with rice cereal added to his bottles (dr orders) he has acid reflux and is on prilosec also for it. he goes through a ton of formula doing the day and i was wondering if i should give him oatmeal from a spoon to try to get him to eat less bottles (he goes through between 6-7 6 oz bottles a day). he is a big boy he weighs almost 15 pounds and is almost 25 inches long (he was a 6 lb 11 oz and 17 inches at birth). any suggestions would be great. any ideas for helping with the reflex would be great too. thanks.
i was not going to start with rice cereal but then his dr reccommended it because of his reflux. with my other kids i had them on cereal by the time they were this age so it is really your decision. my kids are 11 years, 6 years, 4 years, and almost 4 months.

A: my daughter just turned 3 month yesterday she weighs 15 pound 23 1/2 inches long my doc told me not to give her cereal or anything else until she was 4 months + she drinks 5 oz milk every four hours.. my friend told me its safe to give my baby cereal, what do u think?

Q: 8mth old who is being classified as a 4mth old, has digestive problems…?
i care for a little one who is almost 8mths old but is being classified as a 4 mths old because he was 2 1/2 mths early. his peditrician says he needs to gain more weight, but the thing is he has digestive problems(not acid reflux) we have stared him on oatmeal cereals. so i guess my main question is….what might be some foods or other options on, not only helping him to gain weight but where he can hold it down for it to be digested. thanks bunches.

A: I *really* wouldn’t do anything without his parents’ permission, but avocado is relatively high in fat and its low on the allergy scale and mild so easy to digest.

Q: Feeding 4 month old with a spoon?
Our pediatrician had us put oatmeal cereal in our baby’s bottle since a couple of weeks after birth. Her reason for this is that she suspected that our baby has acid reflux from throaty sounds. She never spits up. Well, now she is 4.5 months old and for a couple of weeks now, we have started spoon feeding twice a day with formula and cereal mixed to a “pea soup” consistency. Our baby absolutely did not like this. So we have used banana cereal for a couple of days now. Our baby sneezes and coughs(dry) a lot. According to the dr. this is caused by the acid reflux. She says that she doesn’t diagnose allergies until after the baby has experienced 2 seasons(like winter and spring). Well, tonight, after feeding her the banana cereal and formula, her face got really red and she began scratching it frantically. I gave her 1/4 tsp. benadryl. Bananas make my mouth itch, so I assumed this was an allergic reaction. Is it possible her sneezing and coughing could be from allergies?

A: It might be time to look for a new pediatrician. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend cereal in baby bottles because of the risks of choking, gastric distress, and food allergies. True reflux in babies can be assessed and is usually treated with Zantac and/or special formulas, such as Enfamil AR. Throaty sounds is no reason for a baby to be given cereal in a bottle — these sounds can be attributed to a variety of conditions, such as the throat muscles maturing, the baby vocalizing, or a condition such as bronchitis, asthma, or RSV.

The AAP also now recommends that parents wait until a baby is six months old before starting solids. The reasons for this is that it is not until 6 months of age that a baby loses the tongue-thrust reflex (pushing anything out of her mouth with her tongue). A baby’s digestive tract is also not usually ready to properly digest solids until about 6 months of age; feeding solids earlier can cause gastric distress, colic, inconsolable crying, and food allergies later in life. Research is also being done to connect conditions such as IBS and ulcerative colitis to feeding solids too early in life.

If you still choose to feed your baby solids, a consistency as thick as pea soup is way too thick — this is the consistency for cereal given to a toddler or preschooler, not a baby new to solids. Baby cereal should be very runny, more formula than cereal (almost like milk that has gone bad). Too thick and your baby may not only reject it, she may choke on it. Check your box of cereal — the directions on it will tell you the proper ratio of milk to cereal flakes for a young baby. Try the oatmeal cereal again, but at a runny consistency. Your baby may not reject it if it’s the proper texture for her age. You might also wish to try rice cereal and barley cereal if she is unhappy with the oatmeal. Don’t offer combined cereals (cereal with fruit) until you have tried each individual food item in an isolated fashion for five days — this will allow any possible food allergies to be noted and attributed to the correct source, something difficult to do if your baby is eating mixed foods.

If you are allergic to bananas, please do not offer your baby bananas. Food allergies can be inherited, and it sounds like she had a major reaction. Please tell your pediatrician about her reaction ASAP — often, it’s not the first reaction that is the most dangerous but the second, and if she became really red and scratchy (and with your itchy throat, a telltale severe allergic reaction) there is a chance of anaphylaxis the next time she eats bananas (see http://www.foodallergy.org/anaphylaxis.html). Then again, if your pediatrician says she doesn’t diagnose allergies until two seasons have passed, it truly is time for a new pediatrician, because there is a world of difference between seasonal allergies (dust mites, pollen, ragweed, mold) and food allergies.

Q: Two year old that only eats starches. He resisted table food until 18 months.?
I have a 2 year old son that had motor and speech delays. He receives services for these, but the most perplexing thing now is that he will ONLY eat starches. My son will not eat vegetables, fruits or meat. His diet consists of potatoes, bread, waffles and oatmeal. We are to see the GI specialist soon, as the ped thinks that he has acid reflux. We have tried withholding the foods he will eat thinking that when he was hungry he would eat. He did not eat for almost 3 days.

Has this happened to anyone else?

A: It is a phase and if you make a big deal about it so will he.Just mix some baby food in with his oatmeal or mash pot. try giving him PB&J or grilled cheese or try the walfles with blueberries.Just be pacient and keep giving him a plate with his carbs other options besides carbs and eventually he will try them and decide what he likes.At this age it could also be a texture thing, he will be fine and so will you.Good luck

Q: 8 and half month old gagging?
my baby gagged so badly today morning she turned red and was choking..she eats normal pureed and seived food. off late she has been doing this often and today when i fed her oatmeal she was bad..i patted on the back and did all …and then she spit up some stuff…why do you think this is happening.
its not like im giving her chunkier food or something…i stil feed her stage 1 foods..she had acid reflux as a baby..which stopped when she was around 6 months old..Im freaked out crazy and now am scared to feed her solids..do i need to take her to the doc…or what is it? any tips would be helpful.

A: My daughter gagged alot at this age too, and it is definitely scarey! I had to water down her food more so she could swallow it. It was a texture thing, so until she got used to the textures, it was a little hard. I just kept watering it down less and less until she got used to it, and only gave her one veggie and one fruit at a time until she could handle them, and then added more.

You can go to the doctor. Or you can call and talk to the nurse and see if she thinks you need to come in.

Q: Any advise on first foods?
My baby girl is on Enfamil AR, which has added rice starch in it. I tried giving rice cereal at night to help her sleep but found that it causes too much rice starch for her system and constipates her. I want to begin introducing cereal to her but I’m lost as to what I can give. I can’t switch her formula because she’s on it for acid reflux per the pediatrician. She’s four-and-a-half months old so I know I can’t try oatmeal.

A: It is still too early for food. Also, food does not help babies sleep longer. There is more nutritional value and calories in breast milk or formula than food. Rice cereal is kind of controversial and doesn’t offer much in nutritional value period. Since she has had a sensitive tummy with the acid reflux, I would take it pretty slow. Have you discussed starting food with your pediatrician? Most now follow the AAP guidelines of 6 months for solids. I know it is exciting to get to the next stage, but give it some time. It will come and go before you know it!

Q: need help choosing baby formula w/ rice allergy?
My daughter is exclusively breastfed and is 7 1/2 months old. I have a nice medela pump but still dont get much milk when pumping so I would like to introduce formula too. I plan to continue breast feeding but would like the option of giving my daughter a bottle. My daughter is allergic to rice and many baby foods. She can only eat yogurt and oatmeal and pears. When I asked my doctor all she said was that it would be hard because most formulas contain some form of rice even if it is not in it common name. My daughter has acid reflux and spits up alot too but a formula for acid reflux is out of the question because it contains rice starch to thicken the formula.

My daughter hardly nurses all day because she is so distracted by everything going on during the day so she nurses every couple of hours at night. I nurse huer when she wants because she needs the nutrients.

Are there any parents out there who have had this problem and if so what formula worked for you.

A: When I was six months old I was hospitalized and my mom dried up. The pumps back in the day just weren’t good enough for her to keep her milk supply up. They tried all sorts of formula, but I reacted badly to all of them. They finally tried goat’s milk and that worked the best. You should probably talk to your doctor because milk is not recommended for children under a year because breast milk and even formula have better nutrition than goat’s milk.

Have you tried other ways in increase your pumping ability? You could try talking to a lactation consultant about this. I know there are some techniques to pumping that can result in more milk such as pumping at the exact same time each day. I also know of someone who was taking some kind of prescription to increase her milk supply. I also know of someone who wasn’t producing enough milk and her baby was allergic to formula so she got donor breast milk. There are several breast milk banks in the United States where women can send their excess breast milk to be redistributed to people who need it. When the milk comes in it is tested for bacteria, pasteurized and then tested again. I actually have a friend who donates. I hope that some of this is helpful to you.

Q: stomach doctor?
I have been having burping fits for months..not belching. I am not sure if i have acid reflux, or Gerd or some other condition. Only thing I am not eating strange food. Mostly oatmeal and then salad’s . No fried or spicy. Any idea’s of whats wrong?

A: I’m no doctor but it might be acid reflex…I would go to you physician to check because they can give you medication to help you if that’s what it is.

Q: why is my baby not accepting cereal?
my son is almost 4 months and should be starting cereal soon, so i called the doctor to see if we could start because he is always acting hungry and they said yes to go ahead and start rice cereal with the formula and i did and the first bottle I gave him he projected it all over him self 3 times then he did it with his next formula bottle only. so i dont know if i should try the oat meal because when he was younger he projected that to i was giving it to him for his acid reflux and found out i couldnt give him rice or oatmeal i just thought he was to young for it. my doctor said some babies just cant have either but I dont know i just want a second opinion

A: Unless your son still has reflux there is no reason to add cereal to the bottle.It doesn’t make them sleep longer at night either. Now as far as the projectile spiting up it could be a stomach issue form the rice and you can try the oatmeal. I use oatmeal for our girls because the rice upset their tummies. They had reflux and need cereal in their bottles till 2.5 months. Now if your son is acting hungry try giving him a bigger bottle. The only time you should start solids at at least 4 months is if they will eat it off of the spoon. If they cant eat with a spoon then they are not ready. My son was not ready till 6 months and our twins were not ready till 5 months.

To figure out the right amount of formula per day.
2.5 x weight = ____ daily ounces

Our girls are 20lbs
2.5 x 20 = 50 oz a day. So they get 8 bottles a day and that’s a little over 6 oz a bottle.

Q: Rice Cereal or what could it be?
My daughter had acid reflux and a protein intolerance. Well she started cereal about 2 weeks ago. Well the first few days she was fine on it well the all at once one day she started throwing up like 7 times one day not sick or anything just throwing up. So i called the doctor and asked if maybe the cereal had something to do with it. she said she doesn’t think so but maybe and that was it. Well I stopped the cereal for like 4 days and i started it back yesterday. Well today she started throwing up again and im really thinking it has something to do with the cereal, just because she does have a protein intolerance and acid reflux. I took her to the doctors and they said maybe to try her on Oatmeal but… Oatmeal has the same ingredients. What could it be
gerber. and i mix with her formula. and we dont eat rice.

A: What brand are you using?

Is it the “add water” or “add formula/breastmilk” kind? etc?

Do you live in a culture that eats a lot of rice?

Edited to add:

That contains soy, 30-50% of babies with a milk protein allergy will develop a soy allergy.

Unless its the DHA one then that has tuna and some other things.

Otherwise you’d have to start looking at the individual vitamins and try to find what they are made from. You’d be surprised.

If you really want to feed rice cereal (or any cereal) and you don’t want to make your own you could try Earth’s Best its got the fewest ingredients and no soy or milk. However its hard to say what the vitamin E is made from.

Take rice cereal, for example. Under conventional American wisdom, it’s the best first food. But Butte says iron-rich meat — often one of the last foods American parents introduce — would be a better choice.

Dr. David Ludwig of Children’s Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants.

“These foods are in a certain sense no different from adding sugar to formula. They digest very rapidly in the body into sugar, raising blood sugar and insulin levels” and could contribute to later health problems, including obesity, he says.

The lack of variety in the American approach also could be a problem. Exposing infants to more foods may help them adapt to different foods later, which Ludwig says may be key to getting older children to eat healthier.

Cereal is not at all necessary, particularly the baby cereals. Regular (whole grain) oatmeal is more nutritious for your baby.

The truth is, there is nothing special about these foods that makes them better to start out with. Babies don’t actually even need rice cereal

Meat provides additional protein, zinc, B-vitamins, and other nutrients which may be in short supply when the decrease in breast milk occurs. A recent study from Sweden suggests that when infants are given substantial amounts of cereal, it may lead to low concentrations of zinc and reduced calcium absorption (Persson 1998). Dr. Nancy Krebs has shared preliminary results from a large infant growth study suggesting that breastfed infants who received pureed or strained meat as a primary weaning food beginning at four to five months, grow at a slightly faster rate. Dr. Krebs’ premise is that inadequate protein or zinc from complementary foods may limit the growth of some breastfed infants during the weaning period. Both protein and zinc levels were consistently higher in the diets of the infants who received meat (Krebs 1998). Thus the custom of providing large amounts of cereal products and excluding meat products before seven months of age may not meet the nutritional needs of all breastfed infants.
Meat has also been recommended as an excellent source of iron in infancy. Heme iron (the form of iron found in meat) is better absorbed than iron from plant sources. In addition, the protein in meat helps the baby more easily absorb the iron from other foods. Two recent studies (Makrides 1998; Engelmann 1998) have examined iron status in breastfed infants who received meat earlier in the weaning period. These studies indicate that while there is not a measurable change in breastfed babies’ iron stores when they receive an increased amount of meat (or iron), the levels of hemoglobin circulating in the blood stream do increase when babies receive meat as one of their first foods.

Finally, respect the tiny, still-developing digestive system of your infant. Babies have limited enzyme production, which is necessary for the digestion of foods. In fact, it takes up to 28 months, just around the time when molar teeth are fully developed, for the big-gun carbohydrate enzymes (namely amylase) to fully kick into gear. Foods like cereals, grains and breads are very challenging for little ones to digest. Thus, these foods should be some of the last to be introduced. (One carbohydrate enzyme a baby’s small intestine does produce is lactase, for the digestion of lactose in milk.1)


Babies do produce functional enzymes (pepsin and proteolytic enzymes) and digestive juices (hydrochloric acid in the stomach) that work on proteins and fats.12 This makes perfect sense since the milk from a healthy mother has 50-60 percent of its energy as fat, which is critical for growth, energy and development.13 In addition, the cholesterol in human milk supplies an infant with close to six times the amount most adults consume from food.13 In some cultures, a new mother is encouraged to eat six to ten eggs a day and almost ten ounces of chicken and pork for at least a month after birth. This fat-rich diet ensures her breast milk will contain adequate healthy fats.14
Thus, a baby’s earliest solid foods should be mostly animal foods since his digestive system, although immature, is better equipped to supply enzymes for digestion of fats and proteins rather than carbohydrates.1 This explains why current research is pointing to meat (including nutrient-dense organ meat) as being a nourishing early weaning food.

The results indicate that in a group of healthy, well growing 12-month-old Swedish infants one-quarter is iron-depleted, although iron deficiency anaemia is rare, and one-third may be zinc-depleted. The high cereal intake of Swedish infants from 6 months of age may have limited the bioavailability of both iron and zinc from the diet.

Conclusions: These results confirm that meat as a complementary food for breast-fed infants can provide a rich source of dietary zinc that is well absorbed. The significant positive correlation between zinc intake and exchangeable zinc pool size suggests that increasing zinc intake positively affects metabolically available zinc.

Q: I think I have GERD. I am a Kapha Vatta. What snacks can I eat? What fruits and vegs are less acidic or none?
I would like to speak with an Ayurvedic Doctor or Practioner about my doshas and how they relate to my current situation. I’ve lived an overweight life since I was 19. I’m 5′1, 165 lbs and 24 yrs old. I turned into a Vegan right away without making a transition from a Vegetarian, I was a die hard meat eater. Anyway, I love the Vegan lifestyle but I’m doing something wrong. I have had repeated episodes of Acid Reflux that took me almost to the ER twice this week alone, and I constantly have had acid reflux from morning to late night. My diet had consisted of fried veggies, tofu, fried potatoes, spinach, quinoa, apples, grapes, lentils. I completely cut out the friend, oily food yesterday and my acid reflux has calmed down a bit, but whenever I eat I feel like the food is still rising into my throat, I have a lot of gas. All I eat now are spinach, uncooked tofu on the spinach, oatmeal and bananas and apples. I want to eat friend foods every now and then but I’m. And..
I quit drinking alcohol and caffineted teas. I’m 24, and I hope I don’t have to live like this the rest of my life. What can I add in my diet to nourish the vitamins and minerals I’m missing, but isn’t acidid. I can’t think of any veggies that low to no acid, and the same for fruit. Because every fruit has acid. Even bananas I just found out! I really need help. I don’t want to miss out on nutrients I need, and I don’t want to continue to live with GERD (acid reflux disease), and I don’t want to go back to eating meat if I can do something about it now. I’m always passing gas, and I feel like I always have to eat something or else I can feel the acid start to accumulate. Help!

A: OK, first of all, the acids in fruits and vegetables have nothing to do with acid reflux. Acid reflux is caused by digestive juices (hydrochloric acid) being forced up to your esophagus. The weak acids in fruits don’t make any difference, one way or another. You do have a problem with digestion in general and you do need to see a doctor but don’t stop eating fruits.

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