Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anon | 2009-09-07


Rice cereal in bottle...

Hello Doc!

I was just wondering why you said not to put the rice cereal in the bottle?
My LO is now 16 months old and sleeps terrible.
She eats good at creche but not much before bedtime.
If I add a little rice cereal to her bottle she sleeps a lot better, and drinks less. If I don' t add it, she can have up to 3 250ml bottles a night!!

Is it a bad thing?

And do you have any suggestions on how to make her sleep better? She is extremely restless and hardly ever lies still!!

Thank you so much for your advice!

Expert's Reply



Your baby is much older than the previous infant.It is alright to put the rice cereal in your baby's bottle as this cuts down on the number of bottles she wants through the night.As your baby is very restless at cannot lie still, she may have a problem with acid reflux.Try giving her Gaviscon liquid 2.5ml (half a teaspoonful) at night. This is the regular Gaviscon as the Gaviscon infant sachets are no longer available.

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