UNDER WEIGHT

Michi - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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MY DAUGTHER DOES NOT GAIN WEIGHT SHE IS 1 YR AND 8 MONTHS AND IS 0NLY 19 POUNDS WHAT SHOULD I DO

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Cortney - posted on 02/24/2010

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My daughter has always been small 1 year 15lbs 2 years 18lbs and so on. All kids are different and some are just small. I think as long as she has a good diet and your dr.s are not worried I woulnd't worry. I always wanted the chunky babies with the rolls but neither of my kids granted me with my wish. My son is small too but not as small as my daughter was. Make sure she eats right and just enjoy her.

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Susan - posted on 03/04/2010

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my son is 20 months and weighs 22 pounds and is 31 inches tall, he is petite and also wears his 12 month clothes and also some of his 6-9 month clothes.also my son has celiacs which was dx at his 18 month visit.he has chronic diarrhea and has only gained about 8 ounces in the last two months. it scares me to see him with no clothes on because he has been starved, altho he has a great big pot belly.

Erin - posted on 03/03/2010

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My daughter is the same age and only 20 lbs. she eats everything I put in front of her, her height and weight are proportionate. She is just petite. If your daughter eats and is active then she is probably fine.

Robin - posted on 02/27/2010

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Relax. If her dr. isn't worried don't worry. My daughter is 20 months and 20 pounds. Still fits into 12 month clothing. She eats every meal like its her last, but grows very slowly. Now my 4 month old son is almost 15 pounds so i'm pretty sure he is going to catch her in weight at some point. Dr. says they are both fine.

Kaitlin - posted on 02/27/2010

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Hello, My daughter will be 21 months on march 5th. She is only 21lbs and is 33.5 inches. I'm a young mom and the doctors would always look at me like are you really feeding your child. I even had my mom come and live with us for 3 months so the doctors would believe me that I do feed my child. We also had some problems with her weight when she was in the womb. At born she weighted only 5 lbs 5 oz. 19 1/4 inch long. Very tiny. My daughter does not like to eat, but if it is fruit, cheese and some veggies she might eat. On good days she will eat chicken. Our doctor was really concerned with her weight. From 9 months to 18 months she never gained weight and only weighted 18 lbs. So when she was 17 months old we had her tested for a whole lot of things with a blood test. Everything came back fine. When she turned 18 months she was scoped down the month and up her bottom. They took 10 biopsies from these areas. All came back negative for anything. We have put her on whole milk and 2 to 3 bottles of pediasure a day. My husband and I have finally have decided not to worry. We both are tall and thin. Tayler is a very active child that is on the move all the time. She even sleep walks already! As a mom I always thought that my child was healthy but when a doctor says there might be something wrong you go with them in the thought because they are the doctor they know what they are talking about. If you have done things to the best they can be and you found nothing. Go back to your heart and it will tell you. A mom knows when there is something wrong. You are the mom you know your child the best. I hope this helped and any more questions please feel free to write back.
Kaitlin

Suzanne - posted on 02/27/2010

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My son is 20 months old and is 22 pounds. he is active and healthy. I just assume he is a thinner child. He eats but I learned not to force him to since then he won't touch the food. I have not tried any supplemebts other than infant vitamins.

Meredith - posted on 02/26/2010

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my son is 21 months or will be on tuesday and 22 lbs 9 oz. he does not eat at all, this morning was his first real meal since Sunday, not that we do not feed him oh goodness we try. he is not a eater, he will drink milk and he is on healthy weight gain ensure not he pediasure. he is getting is nutrience that way. I am taking to occupational therapy starting on Tuesday I have been fighting this for a long time and he was "on his curve" for about 7 months, then he fell off and they watched him not he went from 15th to 5th or so. he is active he is a teething machine he has all his teeth at 19 months and now his 2.5 year teeth just started to come in. BUT he is also not talking and the dr's now think is all related. If you are concerned keep pushing, I had to and I finally got what I wanted. My son is 35 inche's tall you can count each rib and every bone in his back, unfortunatly my husbands family has the "cheeks" all of them and my son has this fat face so people think he is great weight until they pick him up or see me change him. I have been told what are you doing to that child, why is he so thin, are you starving him, and we even went to Childrens hospital and we were told that I had "mental" issues cause the day we were there my son ate like a 13 year old, 1 whole yogurt, a pear, cheese crackers, 1/2 a banana and a whole jar of baby food. he threw it up later and did not eat for a few days. soooo if you are concerned and your child is falling off the charts ( personlly I hate the charts, if a child is not gaining weight at all then there is a issue ! ANYWAY) get him/her seen to! my son has gained a whopping 9 oz since his 1st birthday!

Karen - posted on 02/25/2010

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I think it also depends on some other details. Like how tall is she? Where then does she fall in the percentile range for height to weight ratio. My daughter is 20 months old and only just weighs a little over 20 lbs. BUT, she has stayed on the same curve of the height to weight ratio since birth just about. WIC used to be so worried, but now that they see she has stayed at the same 4th percentile or so they seem to not be concerned. On a side note, my oldest son who is now almost 18, started out around the 50th percentile but as he got older he started dropping off the curve. We were so concerned, we could see his ribs for crying out loud, started trying to get him to eat more, he is now OVERWEIGHT. I would not worry about your daughter.

Beth - posted on 02/25/2010

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My daughter is 20 months old and is 23 pounds and 33 inches long. I was concerned also that she wasn't gaining weight, so yesterday at her checkup I addressed this to her doctor. She wasn't the least concerned. As long as she is healthy and eating right she will be fine. My daughter is also one very busy little girl. So feeding her healthy foods and letting her be active is best! Good luck
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My daughter is also 1 year 8 months and only weighs 19-20lbs. I really wouldnt worry. My daughter cant eat any dairy products so this does have some effect. SHe has always been small though, some babies are just petite. Your health visitor should tell you if it is something to be concerned about. As long as they are getting a good diet and are happy in themselves then dont worry about it x

Veronique - posted on 02/25/2010

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I wouldn't worry. My daughter is 20 months she is 24lbs. I've been to her pediatricien and she told me that at that age they're so active that they burn off everything. But if you really want her to gain maybe feed her more. I mean give her more healthy snakes. I know that with my daughter she eat a lot of fruits and veggies throughout the day. Everytime she goes to the fridge i will give her some fruits or veggies sometimes cheese also so veggie crackers.
Don't know if that helps in any way.

Maan - posted on 02/25/2010

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My daughter is also 1 yr and 8 months and is only weighing 20lbs. But i dont worry too much because her pediatrician told me that she is a healthy baby. As long as your baby is not getting sick all the time and she visits her pedia always you don't have to worry.

Kerry - posted on 02/25/2010

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my twin daughters r only 20 mths n libby weighs 20lbs 10oz n demi-leigh is 20lbs 9oz so they not much bigger than ur daughter. it just depends on how big they was born n what they do if they r really active then theres nothin 2 worry about as they wont put on much weight when they r really active cuz of runnin around ect if ur worried loads then talk 2 ur health visitor they should give u sum advice

Latonya - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son just turned 20 months. He is 22 lbs and 12 ozs. He likes food. He is also VERY active. It could just be a very high metabolism. If you're concerned, ask your doctor. If she's healthy, don't worry.

Lori - posted on 02/24/2010

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I think we all can relate my son is 22 lbs today at doc. apt and they said he was fine ,, I am giving him liquid vitamins for toddlers and infants and they did test him for anemia he was not ! They said as long as he is still growing a bit height wise its all good

Megan - posted on 02/24/2010

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Hi. Firstly, if you have any concerns about your childs growth or development get it checked by your doctor - they would rather find nothing and put your mind at ease than find something when you have been putting off going for a long time . Having said that, my second son was 4kg at birth (almost 9lb) but his weight curve progressivly dropped until he was sitting at around the 10th percentile at 12 months. We were referred to a paediatrician, but the doc was not concerned. He ate well, he was a happy healthy baby and he was super active. The main thing though was that he was very tall from birth and his height had remained at about the 90th percentile. If there is a real problem with their growth you will see the height and weight curves drop. My son is now 3 and wears the same size pants as his 20 month old brother! He eats as you would expect a 3 year old to eat (some days little and some days more than me!) Some kids are just skinny little things and it will be less stressful for you if you let the child guide you if they are hungry or not.

Alexis - posted on 02/24/2010

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hi i had the same problem with my now 3yr old boy. i was concerned and tried everything i could to gain weight. finally after another 12 months trying things i demanded he had a blood test, this test came back that he was anemic (he was still running around, loud, playing) they gave us a liquid solution for iron build up, now after 12 months of being treated he gained weight, is now off the medication and eats like crazy. it never hurts to get to the source of the issue rather then their not eating try and feed them.
i hope it helps

Holly - posted on 02/24/2010

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hurry get her in to see her dr to see what's going on. Danny is currently being tested for Celiac and food allergies too.

Erin - posted on 02/24/2010

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My daughter eats like a horse - she's 25 pounds at least (feels like more) but fit and very active. She eats a lot of the following: peanut butter on crackers or toast (she was tested for allergies and doesn't have it so be careful unless you know for sure), whole milk plain yogurt, whole wheat toast with organic coconut oil, organic crackers (for snacks all day), cheese (don't get the fat free or low fat kind - get the whole milk kind), pasta with sauce or butter, whole milk cottage cheese, whole milk, soy milk, bananas and all kinds of other fruits and veggies. As you can see these are pretty high calorie foods. We buy the organic kind as well. I will probably go low fat when she hits 2, but feel like she needs the fat with high fiber and high protein.

Tia - posted on 02/24/2010

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I have the same problem. My daughter is almost 20 months and just hit 20lbs. My Dr. sent her to a nutricionist. She said she is a healthy girl and just add more calories into the diet. If your daughter is healthy, then dont worry to much, she will be fine

Brittney - posted on 02/23/2010

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my daughteris also tiny (21-22lbs and 33"), but she has more or less stayed on the growth curve at the 10-15th percentile. i was almost as small when i was her age (and was small till puberty), so as long as she keeps growing, i'm not worried.

Alison - posted on 02/23/2010

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Some kids are tiny. Weight charts are based on averages. As long as she is otherwise developing normally why worry?

Kathryn - posted on 02/22/2010

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How is your daughters weight curve? is there a drop or has she stayed on a fairly good curve? As long as she is on a consistent curve she is doing ok. If she looks healthy, has healthy skin, nails, and hair, she is doing fine. Remember that she is 20 months, she is probably running around like crazy and getting into anything. As long as she eats, even a little, she is just fine.

To gain healthy weight she should eat avocado, olives, olive oil. pudding, eggs, beans, nuts, peanut butter, meat cheeses and dairy are great foods that can help to gain healthy weight.

Nola - posted on 02/22/2010

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My daughter is 20 mths old and 21lbs, I have come to the conclusion that she is just going to be petit! She is very active no worries there! Some days she eats loads others not much at all, if she doesn't want to eat then she won't and i am not going to make a issue of it. So i suppose all i am saying is every child is differennt and ares are just small but perfect.

Michi - posted on 02/22/2010

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i am giving her whole milk and pedisure and nutriten in her milk for 5 months so far she is very active

Rebecca - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter is 20 months also. She is only 21-22 lbs depending on the day and is 33 inches tall. We have done the Pediasure. It does work, as long as you continue using it. Once we stopped using it, the weight gain stopped. We have finally come to the conclusion that she is just a thinner baby. You need to ask yourself, is your daughter eating when hungry? Is she very active? If she is, she is probably fine. Also, limit the amount of whole milk that you are giving her. No more than 4-6 ounces a day (that's what we were told) and she sill eat more food.

Stephanie - posted on 02/21/2010

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pedisure and other suppliments also lots and lots of whole milk she'll get the fat out of it. (I baby sat a six month old with the same problem. just get the pedisure and whole milk it should help.)

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