Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Chosa | 2009/12/09


Baby spits out rice cereal


I am trying to feed my 5 month old rice cereal. This is the 3rd week now and he spits the cereal out, or he gags and then vomits the grains that he did swallow. I have also tried mashed butternut, but he does the same thing.

Should I persevere or take a break or try another soft food?

Expert's Reply



It would be best to take a break and start again when your baby is 6 months old.

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Posted by: Purple | 2009/12/09

The tongue shooting out is a reflex action as your baby isn' t ready for solids yet.

You' ll know baby is ready when:
-she is around the 6 month age mark
-she can sit up straight in your lap (doesn' t need to be sitting on her own yet, but must be able to be upright with support)
-the tongue thrust reflex has disappeared (when you put food on her tongue, she swallows it, it doesn' t just come out again)
-when she tries to put something in her mouth, it goes straight there, it doesn' t hit the back of her head or her forehead along the way
-she recognises food as food and tries to eat what you are eating.

Rice cereal doesn' t taste particularly nice. Baby cereals were initially developed for areas where there was limited availability of healthy food. If you have fresh fruit and vegetables available - why not feed that instead? Baby cereal has no nutritional benefit on its own, the vitamins get added to it - this is so that if you have no better food available, it is a healthy food to feed your baby. However, if you have healthy food available, that is better.

its not true that if you start feeding fruit first that baby will not eat vegetables. Breastmilk is the sweetest thing baby is likely to ever taste, fruit is nowehere near as sweet, and breast fed babies usually take quite happily to vegetables after breastmilk and fruit.

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