Rice cereal is babies’ top source of arsenic exposure. Widespread concern and public pressure – combined with growing science on arsenic’s toxicity at low doses – should have spurred the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the cereal industry to take high-arsenic cereals off store shelves.
Why is rice cereal not good for babies?
Because rice is grown in water, any arsenic in the water supply binds to the rice as it grows. A known carcinogen, arsenic can influence risk of cardiovascular, immune and other diseases, and research has shown that even low levels can have a negative impact on babies’ neurodevelopment.
Do pediatricians still recommend rice cereal?
Unfortunately, even adding a tiny amount of rice cereal to a bottle can cause short- and long-term problems. It’s also why the experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommend against the practice of adding rice cereal to a bottle.
Is rice cereal necessary for babies?
There certainly are reasons why baby cereal is a logical choice for first food. It’s generally easy to digest and iron-fortified which most babies need. It is also considered to be a low-allergen food (particularly rice cereal). 4 However, these needs can also be met via naturally iron-rich foods.
Does rice cereal help baby sleep longer?
No, rice cereal isn’t a sleep aid. For generations, new moms (often encouraged by their mothers and grandmothers) have fed a bit of rice cereal to their wakeful babies in an attempt to fill their bellies and coax them to sleep longer. Many even added the cereal to their baby’s bedtime bottle.
What month should a baby eat?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth. But by ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding.
Which is better rice cereal or oatmeal for babies?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends oatmeal cereal for babies with acid reflux. Because of the possible arsenic exposure with rice cereal, experts believe oatmeal is the safer choice. It’s also wheat-free, so won’t irritate your baby’s stomach if she is sensitive or allergic to gluten.
How much rice cereal should I give my 4 month old?
Broadly, most babies eat: 4 to 6 months: 3 to 4 tablespoons of cereal once a day, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of a vegetable and fruit 1 or 2 times a day.
How many times a day should I feed my baby rice cereal?
When your little one is just starting on solids, spoon-feed your baby a small amount of infant cereal once or twice a day, ideally just after he’s been bottle-fed or breastfed. Start with one or two teaspoons of cereal so that your baby can get accustomed to this new food.
Can I give my 3 month old baby cereal?
Wait until your baby is at least 4 months old and shows these signs of readiness before starting solids. Babies who start solid foods before 4 months are at a higher risk for obesity and other problems later on.
What is the best cereal for a 4 month old baby?
Single-grain cereals like rice, oatmeal or barley are best at the beginning, so you can introduce your baby to one ingredient at a time. (But avoid serving just rice all the time, since it can expose your baby to too-high levels of arsenic.)