Why you shouldn’t give your baby rice cereal?

Do pediatricians still recommend rice cereal?

Most pediatricians recommend starting rice baby cereal at about 4-6 months old for baby’s first food. Some doctors will recommend it even earlier as a way to help newborns sleep. Mom’s are urged to add a little rice baby-cereal and formula to baby’s bottle as a way to keep him full and sleep through the night.

What happens if you give a baby rice cereal too early?

Starting solids too early — before age 4 months — might: Pose a risk of food being sucked into the airway (aspiration) Cause a baby to get too many or not enough calories or nutrients. Increase a baby’s risk of obesity.

What’s in rice cereal that’s bad for babies?

Baby Rice Cereal Can Contain Arsenic

Many rice products, including baby rice cereal, contain high levels of inorganic arsenic. Arsenic is a metal that appears in two forms, organic and inorganic. The inorganic form of arsenic is the more dangerous of the two.

Is Gerber baby rice cereal safe?

Investigators said two of Gerber’s Infant Rice Cereal products contained inorganic arsenic levels over the Food and Drug Administration’s limit. They said Gerber “failed to recall” those products.

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Can I skip rice cereal for baby?

You can skip the white rice cereal.

Yes, it is fortified with iron, and that is a good thing, and yes, it is easy to digest. … Try whole grain baby cereals like oatmeal, barley, or brown rice cereal, which are also fortified with iron.

Is it OK to give a 2 month old oatmeal cereal?

Babies need only breast milk or formula for the first 4 months of life. Avoid giving your infant juice or food (including cereal) until at least 4 months of age (unless your doctor recommends it).

Is 4 months too early for rice cereal?

MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) — Child development experts advise parents not to introduce solid foods, such as baby cereal, into an infant’s diet until the infant is at least 4 to 6 months old.

What time of day should you give baby rice?

How often and at what times should I feed baby solids? There’s no “perfect” time of day to feed your baby — it’s whenever works for you. If you’re breastfeeding, you might offer solids when your milk supply is at its lowest (probably late afternoon or early evening).