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Arsenic in Infant Cereals

Arsenic levels are a real concern for parents, especially since last year Consumer Reports and the FDA revealed findings of high levels of arsenic in rice products, including infant cereals. Consumer Reports revealed their findings in the chart below, with levels of arsenic in baby cereals ranging between 97.7 ppb and 329 ppb. This is staggering considering the EPA standard for arsenic in drinking water is less than 10 ppb!

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CDC Warns Against Feeding Infants Cereals Too Soon

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that parents are giving infants solid foods too early, increasing their risk of obesity, diabetes, allergies and autoimmune deficiencies.

According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, “Pediatricians, along with emphasizing the benefits of breast-feeding over infant formula, have recently been pushing parents to delay the introduction of solid foods until a baby is 6 months old” (Quenqua, A16). The article goes on explain that a study conducted by the CDC reported that more than 40 percent of mothers fed infants solid foods, like rice cereals, before they were four months old.

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Tips to Reduce Spit-up

Finding yourself reaching for the burp cloth often? Though spit-up is completely normal in healthy babies, excessive spit-up can sometimes cause problems for your infant’s health.

Here are some of the most common recommendations for reducing spit-up in babies, based on references from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Children’s Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation (CDHNF).

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Gelmix Compared to Pre-thickened Formulas for Spit-up

“Gelmix is organic, isn’t it expensive compared to other options?” In fact, Gelmix is NO MORE expensive than pre-thickened formulas.

Factoring in the average cost of formula, Gelmix is actually comparable in price to pre-thickened formulas. Unlike other thickening options, Gelmix also thickens breast milk, providing a better choice for parents who need to thicken their infant’s existing diet. It is often assumed that organic choices are more expensive than non-organic choices. We compared thickening with Gelmix to the leading brands of pre-thickened formula: Enfamil A.R. and Similac for Spit-Up.

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