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Doctor says to start baby food early! Advice! B♥Z 2 kids; Williamsport, Maryland 14245 posts
3rd Apr '13

DS will be 4 months old in a week. He has terrible TERRIBLE reflux. He's on the max dose of medication, and we thicken his bottles with rice cereal. It still doesn't help. He projectile vomits every single bottle, and sometimes he's still throwing up 2 hours after his bottle.



He's had tests done, there's nothing wrong with his stomach, just a bad case of GERD.



So, his pedi said to start him on baby food, now. I wasn't planning on starting for at least another two months, and starting at almost 4 months is making me a little nervous.



What would you guys do? Start him early and up the chance of allergies, his stomach hurting, etc. Or continue to wait?

nothing to see Due August 21 (boy); 2 kids; Japan 602 posts
3rd Apr '13

no one is forcing you. it s your decision, but I have heard that baby with reflux are put on cereal earlier becaus e it helps. I dont know the truth in that since I never had a baby with reflux

[Boats&Hoes] 2 kids; Youngstown, Ohio 62966 posts
3rd Apr '13

Is there a way you can get a second opinion? If starting at 4 months makes you that uncomfortable (I don't blame ya,) then my suggestion would be to see what another Dr says.



and idk if it's the same as adding rice, but there's a special formula for babies with really bad reflux. It has cereal in it already.

Kimber-lily Due September 27 (girl); 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
3rd Apr '13

I started both my girls on foods around that age.



Try fresh avocado. It's a great first food.



AidensMama101107 18 kids; Wichita, Kansas 3453 posts
3rd Apr '13

What ever you think is best for your baby. But i personally started my son on solids at 4 months it really helped with the reflux and he was a much happier baby. Of course it was just the rice cereal with formula being spoon fed to him but he never spit up much after i started him.

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29537 posts
3rd Apr '13

My kids had horrible reflux. I waited. Food didn't seem to help my oldest :cry:

Naturally Alternative 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Lafayette, Louisiana 6029 posts
status 3rd Apr '13

TONS of women start at 4m or less and their kids are usually OK. Normally I'm a "wait until 6m" suggestor... but in your LO's case, I think trying would be better for him... all that reflux can't be good for his stomach either.

Rebecca(Adam'sMommy) 1 child; Beaufort, South Carolina 3251 posts
3rd Apr '13

My doctor told me I could start solids at 4mo's. So I introduced one or two.. It can't hurt to try.

B♥Z 2 kids; Williamsport, Maryland 14245 posts
3rd Apr '13
Quoting [Boats&Hoes]:" Is there a way you can get a second opinion? If starting at 4 months makes you that uncomfortable (I ... [snip!] ... if it's the same as adding rice, but there's a special formula for babies with really bad reflux. It has cereal in it already."


He tried that cereal, Enfamil AR? It didn't help. He's on Nutramigen with cereal now.

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32284 posts
3rd Apr '13

He's already on cereal, so starting him on food isn't going to do anything worse to his stomach. I would at least try and see if it helps, you can always stop.

Kait. 3 kids; Iowa 2345 posts
3rd Apr '13

My LO had bad GERD too. Once we started the baby food, it was a ton better.

KHLOE`06 Due January 5 (girl); 17 kids; Grambling, Louisiana 189 posts
3rd Apr '13

My baby also had the same problem. We had the test done and her tummy was fine her pedi recommended I add rice to her formula (1-2tspn) but she continue to vomit so I decreased the formula amount by an ounce and added a ounce of rice cereal and it worked wonders! She will be four months on the 13th so I think your baby will be fine but when in doubt get a second opinion. GOOD LUCK MOMMY :)