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Baby Rice Cereal & Gas

author image Kelsey Casselbury
Kelsey Casselbury has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Penn State-University Park and formal education in fitness and nutrition. Collins is an experienced blogger, editor and designer, who specializes in nutrition, fitness, weddings, food and parenting topics. She has been published in association and consumer publications, along with daily newspapers such as The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.)
Baby Rice Cereal & Gas
Talk to your pediatrician if baby rice cereal gives your infant gas. Photo Credit: SbytovaMN/iStock/Getty Images

Your baby should drink breast milk or formula exclusively for at least the first four to six months of his life. At that point, the pediatrician might give you the go-ahead to start introducing solid foods into his diet, starting with rice cereal. From a nutritional standpoint, this cereal is beneficial because it's fortified with iron, which your baby needs. From a safety standpoint, rice is least likely to cause an allergic reaction, so it's an ideal starting point. If your baby does have a reaction to the grain, however, it could be in the form of painful gas.

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Potential Reaction

Gas is a symptom of an adverse reaction to baby rice cereal; other symptoms include bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, a rash around the baby's mouth, watery eyes or wheezing. If this occurs, the editors of "Parents" magazine recommend stopping rice cereal temporarily, as it indicates her system isn't able to handle it yet. The gas, however, could also be a symptom of constipation, another potential side effect of baby rice cereal. Talk to your pediatrician and, if necessary, switch to iron-fortified oatmeal or barley cereal instead.

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