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i Recently Added Rice Cereal to my Newborn’s Formula to Help him Sleep. do I Need to Change Formulas if my Baby is Gassy?

Sara Connolly, MD, FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician
January 3, 2019 . 1 min read

Rice cereal — a starch — is often not well digested until 4-6 months of life. When the undigested portions reach the colon, natural bacteria ferment them and release gas as a result.

While the gas will not hurt the baby, it is a sign that he is too young to properly digest rice cereal, and it should be removed from his bottle. Adding rice cereal to bottles to help sleep is a popular myth but has not been found to be true. If you are having trouble getting your newborn to sleep, your doctor can help guide your sleep training. Furthermore, the initiation of solids before six months has been associated with a host of issues including: diabetes, eczema, and obesity.

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