is any ones 16 month old weighs less then 20 lbs

Brianna - posted on 09/02/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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my soon to be 16 month old daughter weighs only 18 lbs. the doctor says that she should be eating 3 bottles a day. i don't know what else to give her so she can gain the weight she needs. i am giving one extra bottle to her every other day and egg every other day. i cut back on the water because she really loves it a lot and it fills her up faster. she only has 7 teeth so there is not much that she can eat that she wont choke on any suggestions

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Rebekah - posted on 09/02/2010

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My daughter was 17lbs at her last appointment and we've been doing everything possible to get her to gain weight the past month. She drinks only Pedia-sure or whole milk mixed with Carnation Instant Breakfast. We were told not to give her water or juice at all to encourage her to drink lots of milk.

Here's a list of high calorie foods for toddlers that our pediatrician gave us:

CHEESE
Add shredded cheese to vegetables, pasta, rice, casseroles, sauces, and baked potatoes.
Add extra cheese to pizza.
Provide string cheese or cheese and crackers for a snack

EGGS
Layer calories into scrambled eggs by making with half & half, cooking in butter, and adding cheese on top.
Homemade French toast – dip bread in egg and half & half mixture, cook in butter.
Egg salad & deviled eggs
Add a sliced hard-boiled egg to salads, sandwich fillings, casseroles, and creamed dishes

PROTEIN-RICH FOODS
Eggnog – always select pasteurized eggnog, never use raw eggs
Whole milk yogurt – mix in 1-2 Tbsp. half & half
Frozen pudding popsicles, pudding, custard Ice cream, milkshakes, frozen yogurt, chocolate milk
Deli meat slices
Small meatballs made from ground beef or turkey
Homemade breaded chicken fingers or fish sticks Chicken salad with mayonnaise

STARCHES (ALL TOPPED WITH YOUR CHILD’S FAVORITE SPREAD!)
Waffles, pancakes, french toast, muffins, croissants, doughnuts, cake, banana bread, raisin bread Mini bagels with cream cheese,
Pasta with olive oil or butter
Potato salad with mayonnaise
Bread sticks with hummus
French fries, tater tots
Crackers and cheese

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Pan-fried potatoes/homefries, fried zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant, and onion rings, peas, carrots, broccoli, etc. topped with cheese Cucumbers with ranch or sour cream dip
Avocado slices, bananas, papaya and mango slices, raisins, craisins, dried apricots (diced small)

Good luck! It has been a really nightmare for us and hopefully when we go next week they'll be able to figure out why my daughter keeps losing weight.

Shannon - posted on 09/09/2010

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Hi Brianna,
I am dealing with the same issue. My daughter is 15 1/2 months and she is only 18 1/2 lbs. The dr. says since she started walking around 7months she probably burns more calories than he takes in which is why she weighs so little. The dr. suggested I feed her as many calories as I can get her to take in the more carbs the better for her because gaining weight would be a good thing for her. She has 6 teeth and she eats basically any food, unfortunately, she is a picky eater so it is hard to get her to eat most days. The dr. did tell me to cut back on her milk intake and try to get her to eat more real food since the milk will feel her up but not give her enough of what she needs alone. You should be able to give your daughter pretty much any food that she will eat at this point. I do a lot of veggies with Ashlynn, Macaroni, yogurt, pasta meals, I also try to keep finger readily available to her and within reach to get her to eat more often since she always does small portions when she does eat. Ashlynn doesn't have problems with the foods as long as I make sure they are cut up in small enough portions so that she doesn't try and chew too much at one time.

Cindy - posted on 09/26/2010

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My son at 16 months weighs in at just 20lbs, He was a prem, but is still very small for his corrected age. He only has 7 teeth but eats pretty much everything. He has protein, veggies, starch and fruit at every meal. He eats lots of cheese and fruit for snacks, and drinks whole milk. He is super busy and has his daddy's metabolism, so he burns off everything he eats. At his daycare they have commented that he eats 3 times what other babies his age eats, but its so difficult to put weight on him. He pediatrician is not overly worried, but is watching his growth closely. I did read an article lately that made me feel much better. It was about North American vs WHO (World Health Organization) growth charts. It said that as breast feeding is less common in NA, growth charts are based on larger formula fed babies. As BF is more prevalent in other countries, the WHO growth charts are a better comparison if you BF. My little guy was barely on the chart for the NA ones, but was around the 30th on the WHO. Made me feel a whole lot better!!!



Here is a link to the WHO charts if you are interested

http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards...

Toni - posted on 09/08/2010

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I have a daughter that is 16 mo and she just hit 20 pounds I breastfed her she has never taken a bottle and is very picky in what she will eat. The doctor said as long as she is eating 3 meals a day and 2 milk cups she will be fine and grow. But if she stops growing then you need to worry about it. Until then let her eat what she wants. For breakfast I make her a bowl of cereal I make it before I get her out of bed so by the time she sit down to it the cereal is soft and she loves it! Lunch those toddler pre-made foods so she gets all the food groups and dinner whatever we are having just cut up and cooled down let them make a mess that how the learn.

Melissa - posted on 09/05/2010

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My little girl was eating solids since she was 4 months old because she was so small and began table foods at 10 months old. Kitchen scissors are the best to cut any food down to size. The rule is to make sure nothing is larger than her thumb. We've cut hot dogs, pasta, chicken nuggets, strawberries, waffles, grilled cheese etc. to size so she's able to eat everything. She also drinks some juice and about 24 ounces of milk a day. She's short (28.5 inches 5th percentile) but she weighs a little over 20 pounds (10th-25th percentile). If your child is walking it might explain the low weight gain. Sometimes the weight even comes to a standstill once they start running around.

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Alixandra - posted on 03/15/2012

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Ana, did they do the test where they stick the litmus (spelling?) paper in his poop to see if there was blood? did they blood test or skin test for allergies? I origionally posted regarding my 1st daughter who couldnt gain weight, however I have stopped taking her to the dr regarding these issues, I concluded she is just thin, at almost 3 she is 24 lbs, but she looks fine and is growing otherwise, however I belive my 6 month old daughter has nut allergies, I breast feed her and when I eat nuts she chokes on thick phlem, gets red bumpy skin on her face and throws up, my nephew who is 7.5 monts is allergic to milk, in the form on blood in his stools, (you cant see the blood, but his poop is green and slimy and checks positve for blood on that paper poop smear test) his intestines are affected by the milk.

Ana - posted on 03/15/2012

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My 17 month old son is 17.5 lbs. He's seeing a Ped GI. They did all sorts of tests and they still don't know what is wrong with him. Since birth he was vomiting and had a chronic cough with asthma symtoms. They resently found out that he had wooping cough and was given antibiotics. Since then all symtoms went away so now there is no reason for him to start gaining weight. Still not where he needs to be. They are talking about tube feeding!!

You might want to take her to a specialist. I am trying to find another doc for a second opinion.

Melissa - posted on 03/13/2012

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well my doctor wants a weight and height check at 21 months and off the pediasure and to get her eatting except i can't get her eatting. Also getting her to drink homo milk all the time. My son didn't need homo milk after 2 but she does. He was and always been at 100% or better on height and weight but she is at the other end. I have read feed her junk to make her gain weight but i don't want to get her addicted to the junk because she could then go to the other end and be overweight for her height too!

Ashley - posted on 03/12/2012

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Pediasure worked with both of my kids. I have a 19mos old and 2 1/2 yr old and they were very tiny and only in the 18-20 % with weight and when we added the pediasure in they are now both around the 50th percentile. Sometimes a dr might recommend to add the carnation good start to the whole milk so they don't gain too much weight. Either one works but i would still talk to the ped first.

Melissa - posted on 03/07/2012

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i was reading this post and my daughter is 18 months now and is 23 lbs and has been bouncing from 22-23lbs since 9 months old! I can't get her to gain weight the doctor isn't helping much either, said come back at 21 months for a height and weight check. Wanted me to take her off my 1 can of pediasure i give her at bed and i did and she stopped sleeping through the night and lost .5 lbs, so she got put back on it! I am so frusterated. Some babies on here are younger and bigger or the same weight as my daughter! I wish i could see improvement in my daughter!

Debbie - posted on 10/13/2010

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my son as the same problem give her a lot of carbohydrates my son been put on a high carb diet, eats yogurts as they contain full fat milk hope that helps

Amanda - posted on 09/30/2010

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my 16 month old daughter only weighs between 17-20 pounds. she was born at 35 weeks so she's going to be small. My doctor says that she's healthy for her size so i'm not too worried about it. She also said, she burns more calories than what she takes in. :)

Rebekah - posted on 09/30/2010

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Alixandra, the actual weight of a child can be pretty insignificant. Children fall all over the weight chart and can be perfectly healthy or unhealthy at pretty much any weight.

Example: My son was just under 20lbs at 1 year and his doctor was not concerned at all about his weight. He'd always been small and had stayed around the same % (in weight) his whole life. My daughter on the other hand, was born at 8lbs 11oz and was always a bigger child. She weighted 18lbs at 9 months (still not huge), but only 16lbs at 12 months. So the fact that she lost weight was the red flag.

I'd talk to your doctor about WHY he feels your daughter is failing to thrive b/c I imagine it's not just the weight number and some underlying condition/reason.

Shelly - posted on 09/29/2010

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My daughter weighed in at 18lbs at her 15-months well baby visit. Her pedi says she needs more calories....but she eats alot of everything!! Thank you Rebekah for the list of high calorie foods. Curtney....I had also tried Pediasure when my daughter was about 9 months, because she didn't drink much formula. Her pedi said to take her off of it...just give her more food.

Alixandra - posted on 09/29/2010

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I guess I am so confused, why is my pedi telling me that she thinks my 16 month daughter, who weighed in at 17.8 lbs the other day needs to be on a feeding tube in the hospital for a week to gain some serious weight, my daughter is completley healthy and has no developmental delays what so ever, infact her vocab has expolded this month and she is already peeing in the potty (her demanding it cause she sees her older brother doing it). Are none of your docters freaking out on you and making you feel like bad parents like my doctor is doing to me???? I am so frustrated because I feel like my daughter is doing fine. She eats tons and tons of food.

Melony - posted on 09/29/2010

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my 16 month old son is 19 lbs. he is seeing a nutritionist who recommends things like putting butter in his oatmeal and mcdonalds. i dont believe in him getting unhealthy or fat the wrong way so heres what i do:
i give him about 2-3 bottles a day, and give him small heavy meals like every hr and a half. (pasta with veggies, veggie soup thats homemade, etc for example) if he eats a lot then every 2 and a half hours. i also give him todler ceareal or oatmeal made with with fruit puree and whole milk. as long as theyre full and eating right, theyll grow healthy. i also let him try whatever i have, for example some chips, eggs, guacamole, etc.

Toni - posted on 09/27/2010

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my girl has a milk protein allergy, she cant eat yoghurt or drink milk only soy milk & has cheese only on special occasions. she is the same size as a 1 year old but she is happy & strong & doing everything shes supposed to do most children grwo out of there baby problems when they are about 2 years old dont stress to much.

Amanda - posted on 09/27/2010

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my son is is 16 months and only weights 17lbs. he eats everything and has four top teeth and2 on the bottom. she will grow dont stress over it very baby is not the same as you already know.

Amanda - posted on 09/26/2010

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My 16mth old twins are WAY less than 20lbs. They were preemies, have TTTS, and a host of other reasons for the weight though. We see a dietician and a pediatrician. A few things that have been suggested to us are:

Pediasure

high fat yogurt - Liberte Mediterrane has 8% milk fat, I don't know if it's available where you are but it's really good and my girls love it

margarine/butter/oil in their food - not much, but every bit counts

meats and fish

eggs


I hope some of these suggestions help!

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Even with 7 teeth she can eat anything you eat. You just have to cut it to smaller sizes. My daughter just got her 6th tooth. There gums are strong and she can still chew. Avocados are high in good fats and are great for baby. Meats are also good. I would just feed her every time you eat plus offer her snacks.

Brianna - posted on 09/11/2010

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thanks to everybody suggestions i have been giving my daughter eggs with butter, cheese, bread with pennut butter, noodles, pudding, yogurt and it seems to help some. i know that in a month she probably have gained about a pound. i have weighed her and she is now at 18.5 pounds in 2 weeks before she was under 18 at the doctor. she has had blood test done and everything comes out normal. i still need to try the pediasure

Kristin - posted on 09/10/2010

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The weight alone is not a factor...my 16 month old son is only 19 pounds, but he was less that 6 pounds at birth. I find that offering food before he has a bottle helps him eat--I alternate a fruit/veggie with cereal (he loves cheerios), cheesy eggs (scrambled eggs with cheese is a bit hit), and even cinnamin toast and goldfish can do the trick! Good luck!

Emily - posted on 09/10/2010

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my 15 month old just now weighs 20lbs. She eats anything she can get her hands on, and I try to give it all to her. She's very active so there isn't really concern about her weight. If she were not so active we might have a problem, but this one just will not sit still for anything. Remember sometimes babies/kids/adults are just small.

Rebecca - posted on 09/10/2010

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My son is 16 months and weighs about 21 pounds - he is the smallest baby out of all our friends babies - but he was prem. We have been told to feed him as much cheese, eggs, butter etc as he will eat (he doesnt eat much) but he is healthy still and doing fine.about the teeth issue - they do manage to mush alot up with their gums anyway - (like ricky said above)
my son loves cheese pieces, saveloys,mandarin segments, boiled egg, and little cheerios and things that he can pick up with his fingers. good luck

Stacey - posted on 09/09/2010

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My little guy is 16 months and 19 lbs. He has 16 teeth though, so he is able to eat pretty much everything. butter on toast peices, cream soups, pasta with white sauce, diced up meats with meals....have her eat regularly with the rest of the family. I have 3 other children that my guy watches every move so he lies to try anything...good luck

Alixandra - posted on 09/09/2010

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Rebekah, I just read about an anemia called milk anemia, where cows milk attacks the blood cells. Have they ruled that out?

Alixandra - posted on 09/09/2010

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My daughter is 16.5 lbs (failure to thrive) and 16 months old, even without teeth she should be able to eat tons of things like avacados, banannas, chicken pieces, french toast with lots of butter and syrup, gerber graduates raviolis, mac and cheese made with cream insead of milk and lots of butter, string cheese bits, american cheese bits. If she honestly is choking then she may need to see a GI dr. because something must be wrong because children mash the food between their gums, even if they have a few teeth they prob. dont use them like adults do. The Boost esentials is really expensive and has junky ingreedients but they have very high protien and fat and carb counts, (they are drink boxes that I have found only at target, $1.50 a drink)

Keira - posted on 09/09/2010

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My 15 1/2 month old weighed 19 lbs at her last checkup, and my doctor asked what she ate. Her favorite foods are fruits, veggies and lean meats (chicken and turkey beat out beef any day). Her guilty pleasures are cheese and juice, but the doc said with a healthy diet like she has, I shouldn't be too concerned. Her weight gain has been consistent her whole life (low end on the charts) and she is still growing, so if those things are working for you, then I wouldn't be too concerned. I certainly wouldn't advocate adding unhealthy fats or excess grains to your daughter's diet just to make her gain weight, because you don't want to set her up for unhealthy eating habits in her future.

Curtney - posted on 09/09/2010

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Just 1.5 months ago my daughter was 15 months and only wearing 19 pounds. I took her to her doctor and she put her on pediasure. She is now 22 pounds. She said all kids reach the phase where they become picky eaters. In addition to the pediasure she will eat the mashed potato graduates meal. Oh and the pediasure is also a meal replacement. If my daughter has a moment when she refuses to eat, she will drink an entire bottle of pediasure. Talk to your child's doctor about the pediasure.

I hope this helps because I know exactly how you feel.

Rebekah - posted on 09/09/2010

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Our weight battles continues... We went back to the doctor yesterday and my daughter is now up to 18lbs (but still below her 9 month old weight). They drew blood from both arms (which was so heartbreaking) and we found out she's still anemic (despite giving her vitamins), so more tests for us to come. We'll have the results of her thyroid test this weekend and should have a stool sample result back by Monday. Ugh...

Cynthia - posted on 09/08/2010

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My son is about to be 16 months old and weighs 25 lbs. He has just about a mouth full of teeth and loves all food! Thank God!

Ricky - posted on 09/08/2010

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She should be able to eat alot of variety of food despite her limited amount of teeth. A good rule is "if you can squish it with your thumb she can squish it with her gums" so if you can squish it with your index finger and thumb she should be able to chew it with her gums. So dont let her lack of teeth limit what you feed her. My son has 8 teeth and eats pretty much anything and everything and he is a healthy 30 something pounds.

Melissa - posted on 09/07/2010

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My son was ill and wouldn't eat, so he lost weight. What I was advised to do was to add like a teaspoon of olive/vegetable oil to his meals. That way he would be getting the extra calories. I chose to use olive oil versus vegetable because I've heard that it's healthier when it comes to eating "fats." Other high calorie foods that are still healthy are avocados. Anything that you can mush between your fingers, your daughter is able to eat. I was scared at first too because my son just cut his 8th tooth, and didn't start until he was 10 months old. My son has also gotten really well about choking. When I give him something he's unable to chew properly, he'll grab it out of his mouth and hand it to me! Lol. Good luck :)

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My 15 1/2 month old weighs 15 lbs 3 oz.. She is 29 1/2 in. long... String bean! She has 14 teeth so she eats whatever she wants. Try putting olive oil on her food.

Chesnie - posted on 09/02/2010

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Hi, my daughter is 15 months and weighs 17 lbs. She is seeing a nutritionist who recommends and we do it, the dry milk you buy in the baking section to mix in with her milk. She recommends 24 ozs of milk with 2/3 cup dry milk in it. Also put butter on everything you can which will help with calories. Feed him whatever he will eat, we give her potato chips, lots of veggies meat (not processed) just whatever...She has gained about 1 pound a month since.

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