Did you know that there are a few concerns around starting your baby on rice cereal?
Here are some reasons rice cereal is not a great first food:
- It can cause obeseity.
- It can make your baby constipated.
- Aspiration risks
- Lack of nutrients in rice cereal (other than iron).
Please do not add rice cereal to a bottle of formula or breast milk and think that it will allow a child to sleep longer as this is very dangerous and it could land up in your child’s lungs.
Prior to 4 months, infants may not have the oral motor skills required for swallowing non-liquid textures, and they may breathe food into the lungs. Even at 4 months or older, infants should not start solid foods until they show signs of readiness.