Introducing Solid Foods to Baby

The Second Feeding and Beyond

If your baby's first feeding goes successfully, try giving him rice cereal in the same manner once a day for the next few days. Each feeding, you can increase the amount you're feeding him.

Now that you've introduced a new food to your child, it's important that you keep your eyes open for signs of a food allergy. Signs that your child is allergic to the rice cereal include:

  • Bloating of the stomach
  • Increased gas
  • A rash around her mouth or anus
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose or eyes
  • Unusual crankiness

If your child seems fine after three to four days, you can consider introducing a second food, such as oat or barley cereal. Once your baby has mastered these, try introducing ground vegetables, fruits, and meats -- in that order.

Always wait several days after feeding your baby a new food so that you can pinpoint any allergic reactions he may have. If you suspect your child is showing signs of a food allergy, speak to your doctor right away.

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