What else can I do to put weight on my 22 lbs 28 month old?? We already do 2 carnation instant breakfast shakes a day.. with her meals and snacks???
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Tracy - posted on 01/29/2009
firsty unless she is seriously/dangerously underweight and the doctor is involed first thing to do is stop panicing, my daughter only eat beans for almost 2 years i was pulling my hair out with worry about it, my main advise is dont make food an issue leave snacks on plates around the house make meal time as relaxed and calm as possible never tell her to eat some more if she pushes her food away, she may be tiny but she will eat when she is ready, my little girl who wouldnt eat is now 5inches taller than me and a beautiful healthy girl, good luck your a really good mum for trying so hard to get your little girl to eat, best wishes Tracyxxxx
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Cassandra - posted on 09/22/2010
ok don't cook anything in fats or oils, that is really unhealthy for your little one. you dont want to plump them up with things like that. as long as your child eats meals and drinks milk, and the doctor isnt conscerned, i wouldnt be either. my son was only 25 lbs till he was over 3 yrs old. some kids are just smaller. if your using 2% milk switch to Vit D for a while. Don't let your child just snack all day, make designated meal times so they sit down and actually fill their belly. kids will eat when they are hungry, so never force a child to eat, but always always offer the food. sit the child down too in a high chair or booster where they can't get up so they know "its time to eat" even if they dont. be tough and dont give in to snacks except for when they do something good ; )
Claire - posted on 02/27/2010
our sons were also failure to thrive kids our eldest son was on some milk a few years ago but cannot remember the name and he was dianosed with slight cerebral palsy and didn't like homefood so fed him jarred food but he is now at school eating slightly pureed food and drinking full fat milk. Our youngest son will also not eat lumpy homefood but prefers jarred food and he is also on paediasure milk 200ml cartons and we can tell he is gaining weight. Our sons are aged 7and 4 years old
Tonya - posted on 02/22/2010
Hi, I don't know if you are still looking for suggestions but here are a few that my pediatrician suggested for us... My daughter is 18 months old & barely 20lbs with a heart condition...
Add extra butter to pasta,oatmeal,veggies (i personally didn't like this suggestion)
Add cheese to anything (soups,casseroles,meatloaf,potatoes)
Try peanut butter or cream cheese on things (toast,waffles,pancakes,crackers,fruit)
Yogurt (plain/in milkshakes/smoothies)
Add Bananas/frozen fruit juice to milkshakes, milk, ice cream
We discovered as well that if she had Pediasure before a meal that she was less likely to eat, so I use it on days when she's less likely to eat (parties,illness or just not interested).
Hope these help.
Angie - posted on 02/20/2010
oh just to make give you a peace of mind my daughter is now 3yrs old weighs 35-37lbs and is 39 inches long or over 3feet tall. she is solid muscle too. she was also diagnosed as failure to thrive at 3wks old, you couldnt tell that now. lol
Angie - posted on 02/20/2010
try pediasure i swear by that stuff. i call it the miracle grow for children. its the next stage after formula so it has all the nutritional things that a toddler needs to live on where the carnation does not. my daughter doesnt eat hardly at all and there are times where she only takes the pediasure and nothing else. so it has everything that a tot needs trust me.
Suzanne - posted on 12/29/2009
My child has a rare chromosome abnormality. She is 5 yrs old and weighs only 26 lbs. Her doctor thinks she has a hard time gaining weight because of this abnormality. she is on 2 and a half cans of pediasure a day.. I am hoping this will boost her growth, as she eats well balanced foods a day.
Stacy - posted on 10/09/2009
My daughter was just diagnosed with Failure to thirve which I have to say is a bunch of horse poop. She is 16months and doing the stuff of a 2yr old and her speech is of a 18month old her only problem is that she weights 17lbs. We just had an appt with a nutritionalist and she gave us these two recipes to "fatten" her up. And they have her on whole milk with chocolate syrup and carnation mixed into that :( I hope the recipes might help
High-Calorie, High-Protein Instant Pudding
(Makes 4 servings)
1 box instant pudding mix
12-ounce can evaporated milk
Y2 cup whole milk
Frozen whipped topping (optional)
Chocolate syrup (optional)
• Wash the lid on the can of milk.
• Pour the canned and the whole milk into a large bowl or blender container.
• Slowly pour the instant pudding mix into the milk and mix or blend until smooth.
• Pour into 4 dishes. Refrigerate and serve cold.
• For more calories, top with frozen whipped topping and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Nutrient Information (per serving): 240 calories, 33 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams
protein, 9 grams total fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 470 mg sodium, 390 mg potassium,
288 mg calcium.
High-Calorie, High-Protein Gelatin Dessert
(Makes 4 Servings)
Y2 cup hot water
1 small box gelatin dessert mix (such as Jell-O), any flavor (not sugar-free)
12-ounce can evaporated milk
• Dissolve gelatin mix in hot water.
• Wash the lid on the can of milk. Then add milk to gelatin. Mix.
• Pour into 4 dishes. Refrigerate until set and ready to serve.
Nutrient Information (per serving): 210 calories, 28 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams
protein, 7 grams total fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 160 mg sodium, 290 mg potassium,
250 mg calcium.
Copyright American Dietetic Association. This handout may be duplicatedfor client education.
Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2009
I have a son with a simlar problem and I have started to give him Pedisure. The only thing I have found it that if i give it to him he will not eat his meal. He is usually a pretty good eater. So a tip is I bring it with me for times I know he is not going to eat much (parties). Once he refuses the food I give him the drink. That way I know that he is getting eveything he needs.
Emily - posted on 03/24/2009
We have had success with nuts and cheese. We keep Pecans, Almonds and Cashews in the freezer. They stay soft and don't taste as nutty. It is so hard is a world obsessed with fat kids. I want to scream at every restaurant that sends out 2% milk.
Christina - posted on 03/24/2009
I am trying to get my daughter to gain weight also. One suggestion our nutritionist made was to hide calories such as putting extra cheese on mac&cheese, using heavy cream in puddings and whatever else possible. My daughter doesn't eat a whole lot so what she does it I just have to really make it count. Good luck to you and God Bless!
Karla - posted on 03/12/2009
My son on his 4th birthday weighed 22 lbs. He has had multiple medical problems as a result of being a premature twin however since October of 08 two months after his 4th birthday until now I am proud to say he is up to 32 lbs with the help of an all natural supplement recommended by specialist of Cincinnati Children's Hospital and our peds md called Juice Plus. You can go online and look at their research and other documents. It is wonderful!!! It is equal to eating I think 17 different fruits and vegetables daily in two pills taken twice daily (chew tablets, gummies, etc). I highly recommend it. Not only has he gained weight but we have also seen a change in his abilities to focus on learning.
Briana - posted on 03/03/2009
My son drinks Peptamin Jr. He is eating better so we are down to one can a day but now they have us doing one can of that and one packet of carnation instant breakfast for the extra vitamins. But we are still having to supplement Zinc becuase that is so low. I would talk to your ped. to see what is best. Pediasure would probably be better than 2 packets of carnation.
Hi Jessica, I was wondering if this child has been diagnosed with anything such as failure to thrive or something of the sort? The reason I ask is because if your child hasn't been prediagnosed with something and you haven't been told to give her the carnation instant breakfasts you might be doing more bad than good by giving it to her.
I was giving them to my daughter to try and get her to gain weight and my peditrician told me that it wasn't good for her and the reasons why made a lot of sense to me so I'm going to share them with you if you don't mind.
First off Carnation Instant Breakfast Chocolate flavor contains 5 to 8 mg's of caffine and doctors recommend no more than than 45 mg's per day for a 4-6 year old. Now if you factor in the caffine your child gets from other sources such as chocolate cookies or candies that have hidden caffine, you've come pretty close to reaching the maximum intake daily. Which means your more likely to create a caffine dependancy in your toddler.
Also Carnation instant breakfast were created to replace a meal, so it contains all the vitamins and minerals that an average adult should take in for one meal (an adult not a child). One serving of it has 50% of an adults calcium requirements for a day. One serving has 25% of the daily vitamin B intake for an adult, and one serving has 13 grams of protein which is the equivalant of two eggs (so in essence you are giving your daughter her regular breakfast and then giving her two more eggs!).
Because it is formulated to replace a meal for an adult it has far too many vitamins and minerals for a childs system. According to Carnations own information for toddlers they recommend dividing a serving in half as a "meal replacement".
By feeding this in addition to regular meals you are actually putting your child at risk for deficiencies. It has a regular serving of iron (25% of an adults daily requirement) but for a child too much iron can be just as bad as too little. Bacteria and cancer cells thrive in an iron-rich environment, reproducing fast and furiously. Too much iron causes free radicals to form, which have been linked to everything from cancer to heart disease to aging.
So essentially what you are doing by feeding the instant breakfasts to your child in addition to her regular meals is overdosing your child on vitamins and nutrients which may leave them feeling fuller longer and in return cause them to not eat as much as they should, or it could even cause them to become deficient in other vital nutrients because some can't be absorbed at all if there is too much of another in their system.
I would highly recommend speaking with your pediatrician before continuing to give your daughter the shakes and seeing if they can suggest a more child appropriate alternative.
Katherine - posted on 02/03/2009
I hear you- I have a 35 month old who is 23 lbs and eats fairly well but can't gain any weight. We have had her on Peptamen Jr (a medical formula) and done the oils and butters mixed into food blah blah. She is just a peanut -- Carnation instant breakfast- good idea -I'll try it! One nutritionist we saw said- fruit smoothies with wheat germ or a cooked egg- gross , she also said monte cristo sandwiches were good
Karen - posted on 02/03/2009
if you are worried about he not eating and getting enough of the good stuff. I had a fusses eater and all she would eat was mashed potatoes for about six months after talking to a couple of friends one suggested making her the mashed potatoes and mixing in baby food. weather it be meat or veggies. It may not solve the fact that she doen't eat but at least you can have piece of mind that she is getting all of her food groups
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