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When can we start oatmeal?

She is 5 months old, and has been eating rice cereal since 3 months old and has been on fruits and veggies for awhile. Well, I'm about out of cereal now, and was thinking about getting some oatmeal cereal or whole wheat cereal. Which is better? And can we go ahead and start?


Asked by srhmldndo at 9:26 AM on May. 31, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • She is old enough for oatmeal, just mix it with formula or breastmilk.

    Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 9:30 AM on May. 31, 2009

  • wheat is an allergy trigger food that should not be given to a baby under one. starting solids before six months has already increase the risk of food allergies, so you would be wise to avoid all allergy trigger foods.
    solid given the first year are for the experience of eating them, nutrition continues to come from breastmilk (or formula).

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:29 AM on May. 31, 2009

  • Found this on To prevent potentially-allergenic foods from entering the bloodstream, the maturing intestines secrete IgA , a protein immunoglobulin that acts like a protective paint, coating the intestines and preventing the passage of harmful allergens. In the early months, infant IgA production is low (although there is lots of IgA in human milk), and it is easier for potentially-allergenic food molecules to enter the baby's system. Once food molecules are in the blood, the immune system may produce antibodies to that food, creating a food allergy . By six to seven months of age the intestines are more mature and able to filter out more of the offending allergens. This is why it's particularly important to delay solids if there is a family history of food allergy, and especially to delay the introduction of foods to which other family members are allergic.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:51 AM on May. 31, 2009