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Anjini - posted on 12/30/2013

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Hi,
My daughter is 6yrs old and she sits too long to eat and the food gets cold.she is skinny and doesn't eat too much.what I should do so that she eats well and gain wright as she just 18kg whereas my son is 2and half he is 16kg and eats well.
Please advise me what I should give to my daughter

Melodie - posted on 06/06/2011

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Don't stress too much about him needing to gain weight after he heals up. My 12 yo son only weighs 72lbs and he has always been a stick. He eats good and is healthy. His doc isn't worried so I'm not. But before you get stressed out find out from his doc what you should do. But everyone is right don't get him to gain weight by eating junk. There are tons of healthy choices out there that will help him gain if that is what the doc says he needs to do. If your insurance pays for it (mine does) talk to a nutrionist about it they can give you some great ideas.

Faheema - posted on 03/29/2011

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the homeopathic remedy of alphalpha increases appetite. so check with a homoepath

Truepulse - posted on 03/29/2011

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Hi! Hope your son is doing fine by now... I have two suggestions on regarding tonsils...
Suggestion 1,
Is when tonsils starts to show up like, your son starts complaining of pain and you can actually feel it by touching his throat from outside... give him tsp of ginger juice mixed with pure honey plus a little sprinkle of black pepper mix it nicely and give him thrice a day...
The things to stop when tonsils are showing up... are ice from his juices of smooties, cold stuff juice, ice cream and lots of junk food... salt or sodium present in those pac
gkaged food irritates the throat a lot... Give him salt water gargle early in the morning and before going to bed.. this will check the bacteria in his throat..
These were the home remedies for the tonsil thing once he is grown up you can actually try giving him ginger tea and all that.
Suggestion 2,
After fininshing the rounds of antibiotic, the medicines kill all the bad bacteria affecting the throat and what it also does is kills the good bacteria when actually aides in gaining weight, immunity and all that so get the good one back give him lots of yogurt, which has the Lactobacillus which helps your body to absorb dairy products,Often found in yogurts lactobacillus is a strong probiotic, being one of the healthiest choices of consumption, it has been considered by some to be even more important than vitamin C.
lactobacillus based foods help you get the right amount of "good" and "bad" bacteria inside of your body. If you do not have a good ratio, no amount of minerals and vitamins will do you any good.
This will help him gain his appetite back and he will be more interested in food... startt with small healthy portions of cheese, fruits, yoghurt smoothies, banana, pediasure, try these things... for weight gain give him 4-5 almonds soaked in water with skin in the morning with a glass of warm milk.. Hope this helps.. sorry for the long reply :-)

Gaynor-Marie - posted on 12/31/2013

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This is specifically for those children who are super skinny and and appear to eat well not the original poster. My daughter is 10 and weighs 23.5 kg that is below percentile. She ate well was very active complained of tummy aches and headaches regularly and had bags under her eyes. It turned out that she was cealiac if your child is underweight and has any other concerns discomforts discuss with your doctor and get tests done at least for anemia and other mineral deficiencies and if they have digestive complaints even minor and some deficiency insist on test for cealiacs and gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance.
We dismissed concern about her weight initially as both. My husband and I were slim, but turns out the reason I had been anemic and the super skinny girl my whole life was I was cealiac too. I
If no underlying medical issues and the child is energetic, a couple of things that can help boust calorie intake are serving dips with snacks eg sour cream French onion gaucamole or humus with vegetables as snacks or at meal times serve fruit with dips like peanut butter or cream cheese or even caramel while too much sugar isn't good some kids are so energetic a bit doesn't hurt. Full cream milk smoothies I have even used half and half or added cream on occasion. Replace lunch time juice box with a breakfast replacement drink such as up and go. Also try really nutrient dense foods like nuts dried fruit bean dips and olives as snacks or added to meals when ever possible. Hope this helps someone.

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Christy - posted on 06/05/2011

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Keep calorie dense foods available for him. Some of which could be whole milk, cheese, extra meats from previous meals that he can munch on, ice cream, leftover pancakes or waffles, etc. I know when my boys are growing because they don't stop drinking milk.

We have a recipe my husband created for a shake or smoothie, whichever you'd like to call it.

In a blender:
1 cup milk,
9-10 ice cubes
2 raw eggs,
6 packets splenda
1 tsp. vanilla
2 TBSP cocoa powder
(opt.) 1/2 banana (or a whole one if they're small)
or other fruits that would go with chocolate.

This is a very healthy drink and you can make changes to it in order to create different flavors. For example, instead of the cocoa and ice cubes, I like 1 cup frozen blueberries with my banana. One of my boys prefers to use ice cream instead of ice!

This is a good sized snack or possibly even a meal! Maybe it'll help while his throat is healing.

Allison - posted on 03/30/2011

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My daughter had her tonsils and adenoids out, also. Getting kids to eat during this time is challenging b/c their in a lot of pain. If I was to suggest anything, it might be to stick with the soft foods for now and concentrate on food grade supplements (if needed) and organic foods with high nutrient value when kids feel better from being sick. Our food choices have changed dramactically over the last 50 years so feeding our children high quality nutrient dense food while they are feeling good will help them be the perfect weight for each one.

Alyson - posted on 03/29/2011

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i bought the protein drink at Costco for my kids- also skinny and boney - protein for muscle build up - each one has 3og protein -it does taste a little more powdery if you will, than regular choc. milk but hey - they need it and it can be mixed - with reg milk, add to cereal and let it get mushy, maybe add to the above said smoothie idea...or there's the reg old whey powder, you can add scoops to drinks...

Erin - posted on 03/28/2011

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For my daughter, I used to mix powdered milk in with things for her. I think it's called Nida? It's been quite a while, but I know you can get it at Walmart. For a glass of milk, I would add some powdered in addition. It adds extra protein. I made milkshakes, cereal, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, anything that I put milk in, I also added the Nida in addition to liquid milk. It helped her put some weight on-she was in the bottom percentile for her age group. It was also recommended to me by a pediatrician, so it's not some weird crazy idea I had off the top of my head lol. She didn't notice any difference in taste, and LOVED the milkshakes!

Sharlene - posted on 03/28/2011

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If he needs to stick with liquids right now for his comfort, I suggest making smoothies that load up on all the good stuff. Add bananas for potassium, yogurt for calcium and fats, perhaps a greens powder for antioxidants, etc (my kids do the greens blend by mynurish.com). You want to increase his appetite for the good stuff, not all the sugars. Smoothies always seem to be a treat. Good luck to you!

Lisa - posted on 03/28/2011

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I am sorry, but i have to go against a previous poster. Raw Milk can KILL you. Give him whole whole milk, extra ice cream, smoothies, or even those supplemental drinks (pediasure or a store brand). He will also start to eat more when his throat stops hurting.

Linda - posted on 03/27/2011

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He needs calories if he's really underweight. Give him ice cream. It's cold & soothing and tastes great! I doubt he'll refuse it and he'll get some calories, calcium and fat!

Heather - posted on 03/27/2011

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Hey Michelle, I have two boys. One is 11 and a stick. One is 9 and much more "solid." The 9yo has outweighed the 11yo for a few years now. :)
My 9yo had his T&A a few years ago, and I had mine out last summer. I can tell you that it HURTS!! And therein lies your problems.
Your 6yo is in serious pain -- in his throat. Anything soothing will help him. Keeping on top of his medication will help him. He is on the mend now, but it will continue to throw him off for the next few weeks. In the meantime, do try to get him to eat/drink healthy things -- soft scrambled eggs, peanut butter on very soft bread with lots of jam to wash it down, thin hot cereals. I am not a fan of tons of sugar (and things like Carnation Instant Breakfast), but they will help for the next week or so.
Unless your ENT or pediatrician has expressed concern about his being underweight, try to relax. Your son will eat when he heals -- and he'll want to make up for lost time in a few more weeks when he's truly mended.
Good luck and God bless you all!! :)

Gabrielle - posted on 03/26/2011

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My 4yo daughter is at the 3rd percentile in weight (weighs maybe 29 lbs), so she still drinks whole milk (with Hershey's chocolate mixed in), is allowed fatty foods that I normally wouldn't give my child, and her doctor says she's fine as long as she's following her own growth curve. Her mama (me) was also a skinny kid - didn't hit 20lbs till 2 years old, always wore a size 0, and graduated high school at 95 lbs (boy, I wish I still had that metabolism!) I would ask your pediatrician for some advice and see if you really have anything to worry about.

User - posted on 03/26/2011

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Hi... My son was not eating & have appetite problem.. I suggest you to give him Bio chemic No 25 which is a gen tonic and help in the overall dev of the child give dose as prescribed... hope it work... best wishes

User - posted on 03/26/2011

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Hi... My son was not eating & have appetite problem.. I suggest you to give him Bio chemic No 25 which is a gen tonic and help in the overall dev of the child give dose as prescribed... hope it work... best wishes

Jaime - posted on 03/25/2011

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If you live in an area that you can buy raw milk, I would suggest doing that. A person could sustain themselves on raw milk alone, with enough protein and vitamins, etc to keep their body going. There is much research on the benefits and/or negatives about the health aspects of drinking raw milk, so you can do some research online and judge for yourself. Make a personal decision, and do not be influenced by others. The fat in the milk will help put some weight on your son, as well as help sustain him until he is feeling better enough to start consuming solid hefty foods again. You can buy raw milk (depending on where you live and the laws surrounding your area) from a dairyman, or from a natural health foods store. Call around and ask. Beware, it's not cheap. If you have the opportunity, go organic raw, as you will eliminate your concerns for cleanliness and bacteria (though you can never TOTALLY eliminate bacteria - nor would you want to) because of the standards organic dairies must undergo. It's a thought.

Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 03/24/2011

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My son is 6 1/2, 58 pounds and 4' 4 inches, but you can still see his ribs. He eats very healthly (salads, most veggies, meat, etc.), but at that age, they just don't hold a lot of their fat as we do as adults... If your child eats 3 meals a day, including veggies, than he's probably ok. What does he weigh, how tall, etc?

Joelene - posted on 03/24/2011

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has he had a check up with the Doc after words? My son had his removed and they he got an infection after words I would check up on it just to make sure things are healing ok..

Catherine - posted on 03/24/2011

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my son is 6yrs and he is skinny you can see his ribs, he eats for hours the food gets cold till he cant eat any more i have tried supplement for appetite and nothing works so we take a day as it comes make sure that his food has soup, he love rice with sauce most of the food we must have sauce. Am also very confused about him and has appetite but i have tried everything that i can think but nothing is working. i dont know for long this will go on.

Catherine - posted on 03/24/2011

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my son is 6yrs and he is skinny you can see his ribs, he eats for hours the food gets cold till he cant eat any more i have tried supplement for appetite and nothing works so we take a day as it comes make sure that his food has soup, he love rice with sauce most of the food we must have sauce. Am also very confused about him and has appetite but i have tried everything that i can think but nothing is working. i dont know for long this will go on.

Katie - posted on 03/22/2011

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my son is 6 and he weighs 30lbs. He is very skinny and his spine sticks out and his ribs and hip bones can be seen. He used to get little sores where his back rubbed on chairs! But i am part of a tall family and he is very tall for his age and has always been skinny. My dr said that as long as he eats well and is lively then don't worry if they are skinny, better to be trim and healthy than overweight. I think nice warm things would be better for his throat. Nice soups maybe. Also give him pain relief 1 hour before meals so it wont be so sore as he eats. I hope he gets hhis appetite back soon. My son can eat and eat and eat wiithout gaining an ounce. I do monitor his weight but he weighs as much as a 2 year old rather than a 6 year old!

Sylvia - posted on 03/21/2011

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I forgot to mention, I have an 8.5-year-old who weighs 43 lb. So I know a little something about having a skinny kid :P.

Amber - posted on 03/21/2011

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My daughter is turning 6 in April, and she is just under 35 lbs...her brother, who will be 5 months old soon, is hitting 20 lbs. She drinks pediasure and carnation every day, and it doesn't seem to work. The only thing I know of is if you can get him to eat a lot of peanut butter. Not only is it healthy, but if eaten enough, can pack on the calories too. Good luck!

Sylvia - posted on 03/20/2011

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I wouldn't worry about the ribs showing -- lots of kids are skinny at this age, especially if they're active, and it doesn't mean there's anything wrong.

Not eating for a week is an issue, though. But I can understand it, if eating hurts!! (BTW, I didn't know they still took people's tonsils out! The only person I know who's had their tonsils out is my 70-year-old mom. Fascinating.) Have you tried milkshakes, smoothies, ice cream (maybe soft serve), pudding? Will he eat soup? The pain will gradually get better, obviously, as the surgical sites heal, but he may still be reluctant to eat if it's been hurting him, so it might really help to get him to eat/drink something that *doesn't* hurt (or not so much).

Clare - posted on 03/20/2011

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Hi Michele
My son has weight issues, maybe when your son's appetite is back try him with mashed potatoes mixed with cream, butter and cheese. Also another favorite of my son's is strawberry milkshake made with whole milk, ice cream and flavoring. But if your really worried I'd take him to see a dietitian and they will give you advice.

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Lots of kids ribs show and their weight is just fine. Not eating for a week would be the part I'd be concerned about, but not trying to make him gain weight.

I ditto the Carnation Instant Breakfast. I love that stuff. Smoothies (banana, yogurt, oj, and frozen berries) are nutritious AND really cold (good on the throat).

I definitely wouldn't push food while he's still in pain, but anything cold and smooth (applesauce, pudding, ice cream) might start to increase his appetite.

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Thanks, Mimi! I will look into adding that! I think my son might like the strawberry flavor too if they still have that!

Mimi - posted on 03/18/2011

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Carnation instant breakfast chocolate flavor, give it to him everyday with breakfast and maybe after school with a snack. My son had the same problem and he loved drinking this. It tastes like chocolate milk. It took about six months but he finally started gaining weight. He is still thin but you cant see his ribs anymore.

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