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Adding cereal to enfamil AR? M e g a n ♥ 1 child; Alexandria, Alabama 573 posts
5th Oct '11

A few weeks ago my son was put on Zantac bc he was diagnosed with acid reflux. His pedi told me to put a scoop of rice cereal to every two ounces of his formula to help his AR. The Zantac and cereal has helped somewhat but he still is irritable sometimes while taking a bottle, like it may be burning his throat. I thought i'd try a different formula (he's on similac advance right now with the added rice cereal each feeding) so I went out and bought a can of enfamil AR.. I read that the enfamil AR is thick, should I still be adding the rice cereal to this formula, or maybe add some just not as much as I was to the similac advance?

user banned Virginia 25418 posts
5th Oct '11

Same amount.
1 scoop per oz sounds like a lot though. We did 1-2 scoops per 6oz bottle.



Also, if this formula doesn't work, try similac sensitive. It was our godsend.

.Enigma. clusterfuck, LA, Sri Lanka 107102 posts
5th Oct '11
Quoting M e g a n ♥:" A few weeks ago my son was put on Zantac bc he was diagnosed with acid reflux. His pedi told me to put ... [snip!] ... should I still be adding the rice cereal to this formula, or maybe add some just not as much as I was to the similac advance?"

The Enfamil AR has Added Rice starch and you should not have to add anything

M e g a n ♥ 1 child; Alexandria, Alabama 573 posts
5th Oct '11
Quoting ♚Courtney♚:" Same amount. 1 scoop per oz sounds like a lot though. We did 1-2 scoops per 6oz bottle. Also, if this formula doesn't work, try similac sensitive. It was our godsend. "


oops, I said that wrong. 1 scoop to every two ounces.. we tried the smiliac sensitive, didn't work =/ I guess it just depends on the baby.

user banned Virginia 25418 posts
5th Oct '11
Quoting .Colleen.:" The Enfamil AR has Added Rice starch and you should not have to add anything"


:shock::shock:
I never knew that.
We tried it when Monster was a baby and they told us to still put it in. Oops!

Dakota ♥ Due July 10; 1 child; New Hampshire 3857 posts
5th Oct '11

sometimes zantac doesn't work so well for some babies. my daughter was on it and didn't help with her AR but is now on pepcid and it works amazingly.

M e g a n ♥ 1 child; Alexandria, Alabama 573 posts
5th Oct '11
Quoting ♚Courtney♚:" :shock::shock: I never knew that. We tried it when Monster was a baby and they told us to still put it in. Oops!"


maybe a scoop extra to his 5 oz. bottle of enfamil AR wouldn't hurt.

M e g a n ♥ 1 child; Alexandria, Alabama 573 posts
5th Oct '11
Quoting D & A:" sometimes zantac doesn't work so well for some babies. my daughter was on it and didn't help with her AR but is now on pepcid and it works amazingly."


yeah, I can't really tell much of a difference with the Zantac. =/

Dakota ♥ Due July 10; 1 child; New Hampshire 3857 posts
5th Oct '11
Quoting M e g a n ♥:" yeah, I can't really tell much of a difference with the Zantac. =/"


i couldn't either! even adding cereal to her bottle which i did like once, didn't help. so we went back and they put her on pepcid, it's alot better than zantac and it's like she doesn't have it anymore! ask your pedi about it if your interested in trying it out

!@#$%^&*() California 0 posts
5th Oct '11

Yeah you shouldn't ever have to add rice cereal to a bottle. If the formula isn't cutting it, you need to try different formula. I had the AR kind as well.

.Enigma. clusterfuck, LA, Sri Lanka 107102 posts
5th Oct '11
Quoting ♚Courtney♚:" :shock::shock: I never knew that. We tried it when Monster was a baby and they told us to still put it in. Oops!"


Really, lol?

I learned alot about different formulas working for WIC. The AR means either "Acid Reflux" or "Added Starch" depending on who you talk to

M e g a n ♥ 1 child; Alexandria, Alabama 573 posts
5th Oct '11
Quoting Randa Panda ♥:" Yeah you shouldn't ever have to add rice cereal to a bottle. If the formula isn't cutting it, you need to try different formula. I had the AR kind as well."


How did the AR work for you?

!@#$%^&*() California 0 posts
5th Oct '11
Quoting M e g a n ♥:" How did the AR work for you?"


It worked great for us. She was first put on regular enfamil but she was having a lot of acid reflux and they thought it might be gas. So they put us on Gentalese. That didn't work either. As soon as they gave us the AR kind, I saw an immediate decrease in the amount she spit up. She DID still spit up some, but almost all babies spit up. I usually did add an extra half scoop or full scoop just to make it a little ticker.

Carter-Bug's Mommy 1 child; De Ridder, Louisiana 5022 posts
5th Oct '11

My LO was put on Nutramigen (sent straight from heaven, but VERY pricey) and his bottle was almost like pancake batter because he was get 1 cereal scoop to two ozs of milk and that's the ONLY way he would keep it down.. We had to keep going back and doing upper gi's to make sure everything was right..

Candis♥ 34 kids; Missouri 10350 posts
5th Oct '11

I've been in your shoes and I have a warning lol....My daughter was on Nutramigen for the first three months of her life for the same reasons...Then at three months we went to AR to see if we could use that one. The Pedi told me to put rice cereal in that to help. I'm not sure if she knew it had rice cereal or not but the end result was that my daughter could NOT poop for days on end. And when we would finally get her to go, it would be so hard we'd have to try and break it up with a q-tip. once I stopped putting the cereal in it, it helped. by 6 months she had outgrown the acid reflux and was able to go to normal formula...just try the AR with no cereal and give it a week to see how it does...I've been down that road and its no fun having a baby that's so constipated their in severe pain.