My daughter will be 5 in January. She weighs 27 pounds and is almost 40 inches tall. She eats like a bird and is on Periactin to stimulate her appetite. Does anyone else have a tiny child?

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ANNCLAIRE - posted on 01/11/2013

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My daughter is 10yrs old and weighs 48 lbs. I used to worry because she eats like a bird as well. Her doctor advised its not how much she but what. I started giving her liquid b-complex for kids, her appetite is slowly increasing. The important thing is she is healthy. Make sure she has fruit daily and fish as often as possible. Good luck.

Ashley - posted on 08/07/2012

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My daughter turned 5 in january. She hadn't gained any weight in a year. She weighed 29 pounds. She barely ever ate and when she did it was very little. She also became very ill over the course of that year, throwing up every few weeks every time she ate or drank anything. Noone could tell me what was wrong with her. Her docters kept saying it was a virus. A virus every two weeks?! Cmon....After a particularly severe vomiting episode that went on for days she was admitted to our local hospital for severe deydration, malnutrition, and failure to thrive. She was so ill when someone finally listened to me and admitted her that she was almost unresponsive in the ER. Soon after that hospital stay she was admitted to Arkansas Childrens Hospital. Still, after the best hospital has seen her, noone knows why she is so small or what made her sick. All they could tell me was if she had continued like she was the consequences could have been fatal. So without answers and still living in fear, I suppliment her diet with Pediasure shakes, vitamins, and encourage to eat as much and as often as possible. Her experiences in the hospital have left her with horrible memories and she does NOT under any circumstances want to go back. She tries her best to eat healithly. Its a daily battle. Thankfully, she has gained 5 pounds since April and continues to try and have a decent appetite. She is very tiny for her age and it makes it very difficult for her in school. She is kinna a target for bullying and sometimes her small size prevents her from participating and keeping up with bigger children. I do my best to turn her size into a positive thing with activities like ballet, gymnastics, etc, where small size is an advantage. I know what you're struggling with having a tiny girl. =)

Danielle - posted on 07/11/2012

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My daughter is now five and just hit 30 lbs she's very tiny, always has Ben and getting very tall.

Verity - posted on 12/31/2011

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My daughter is 5 on 25th Jan and weighs 29lbs and is 98cm tall. She has always been small. Her father is small (5foot6') and his sister and mother are (4foot9') so it is a family trait. She is tiny but very loud and confident and intelligent. She had to have tests as she only grew very slowly. She eats all the time and a varied diet but doesn't grow very fast. She wears the same clothes for a yr and has been in the same size shoes since Feb. So this not growing fast has its advantages.

Caroline - posted on 12/06/2011

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My Daughter will also be 5 in January and shes 41 inches tall and 32.5 lbs. shes pretty tiny too. some days she eats well, and other days she eats like a bird as well.

Cerise - posted on 10/08/2011

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My daughter was having trouble gaining weight too. Now she is healthy. I just add a few extra fattening foods to her diet when she needs it. I wouldn't worry too much though. As long as the height and weight are moving up the chart like they should. Some kids are tall and skinny.

Michelle - posted on 10/02/2011

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Sometimes they just have a high metabolism and they are just tiny. My son who is now 10 and approx 4'9 " has just finally crested 60 lbs. He weighed 49lbs from the time he was 4 until just before his 8th birthday. He is just scrawny, thankfully now that he is hitting puberty he is starting to fill out across the chest but it is all muscle. He has always been active, happy and healthy. Don't fret unless your daughter is having health issues because of her weight some kids are just small

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