how do you get a 23month old to gain weight

Heather - posted on 10/07/2010 ( 57 moms have responded )

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my sons is 23 months old and weighs 24 pounds and the drs want him to gain more weight they said he is almost to the point of being under weight! he eats when hes hungry, drinks milk, juice, water, and he will eat almost anything thats edible that i give him to eat. i dont understand how to make a kid gain weight when he eats all the time! does anyone else have this problem????

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Nancy - posted on 10/15/2010

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The question I have is, do YOU think your son is unhealthy the way he is? Would you rather he be among the heaviest? Even though he's only 2 years old, maybe that's where his body is supposed to be?
My 5 year old was born with a congenital heart defect. I have been battling with him to gain weight for the last 5 years. No matter what I do to his food - adding heavy cream to his milk, using butter and healthy oils to cook his food, trying to make him eat more, etc - nothing has helped. He just turned 30 pounds over the summer. He's not quite 39 inches tall. I gave him Pediasure, I tried whey protein, you name it, I tried it. Everything short of forcing the food down his throat. Finally, my pediatrician said to me, "maybe you just make small babies..." If you and your pediatrician are really concerned for his health and development, then ask for a referral to a pediatric dietitian or a pediatric gastroenterologist. However, if your pediatrician is concerned about his development or he's not following the growth chart - even at his own pace, then get help. I would say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it...Whatever you decide to do, as long as you're following the advice of your pediatrician, good luck! And, if you find the secret to getting him to gain weight, let me know! I'd like to try it, too!!

Micah - posted on 10/14/2010

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My Son will be 2 on the 16th of this month, and he is also small for his age. Ever since he was born, his wieght has been an issue, and he was of normal birth weight. I have had the same problem, wieght gain, and many times his ped dr. has said to us, he is below on, the charts and at one point told that he too was suffering from "failure to thrive". He literally gains a pound a month, I have had him check by other doctor's and there have been no problems.

But to heck with that my son acts like any other toddler, and eats everything and anything, up until he goes to sleep at nite..which is pretty late. So I just think that I have a healthy children that is growing at the rate he want to grow. But I do agree with one mother's post if he were around other children (he's an only child) he probably eat more, and gain more just trying to follow what they do.

If there are no major health problems with your child, then please do not worry and let them grow, believe me I have worried enough about this with my son, and now I am to the point were, I am just going to stop, and let him be him.

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Add as much fat to his diet as you can. Whole milk, cheese, real butter, etc...I would avoid juice and encourage him to drink more milk.

Vicki - posted on 09/14/2011

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I know this is an old thread but I find a lot of the advice disturbing! So much emphasis on fattening kids up with unhealthy food such as carnation milk and processed cheese! If they really are underweight (ie loosing weight, skin looking flaccid, lacking in energy) then yes something needs to be done but I would be looking at healthy fats such as animal fats, avocado, nuts, before processed crapola.

I haven't weighed my boy for awhile but he was 11kg at 2 years, so not much different from the OP. He runs around like a mad thing and eats lots some days, not so much others. I think there's too much emphasis on fitting into those stupid growth charts rather than looking at the health of the individual child. Weight is only one determining factor and can be misleading. We come in all different kinds of bodies. I can't help thinking that stuffing kids full of excess processed food to help them fit the chart can only lead to poor eating habits and obesity later in life.

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Well...my 33 mo. old girl weighs 22lbs. (Maybe 23) I can tell you what we have been told by doctors/nutritionist, although with our little one we still have trouble.

Add fat to everything that he eats. Fats and carbs. spread a thin layer of avocado/mayo on any sandwich he'll eat. Melt butter on all pastas. Add powdered milk to all sauces. Add peanut butter to any fruit. Add cheese to EVERYTHING. Make full fat yogurt/ice cream/peanut butter smoothies. Now these are things to seriously fatten up a kid. My little girl weighed less than 15lbs at a year and has been off of the chart (WAY less than 3rd percentile) since a year.

Some examples:
Spaghetti - butter to the noodles, powdered milk and Parmesan cheese to the tomato sauce. Bacon drippings to the green beans. Extra butter to the garlic bread.

Butter and peanut butter to the pancakes and extra powdered milk to the morning milk. Nutella on the apple slices.

Lots of nuts/eggs/mayo in any kind of salad (tuna or chicken or ham)

Avocado spread thin on the grilled cheese cooked in real butter. Also, if you (like us) are normally healthy eaters, your little man may eat a lot of whole grains. Whole grains make him feel fuller longer. We had to go to straight white flour and white bread and avoid whole grains for a while with my little one. It went totally against my grain, but we had to get her to gain.

Also, make sure you don't give drinks (especially juice or milk) right before a meal. That will curb the appetite and make him more likely to snack all day and not eat a significant meal. Gosh...trust me, I know how stressful it can be, but the main thing is not to worry. If there are no appetite problems or anemia, then just try to sneak in the fatty stuff if you can. And the previous posters are correct...if he is on his own growth curve, he does NOT have to fit on the doctors' growth curve. The problem is if he isn't gaining any weight at all or is dropping standard deviations from the norm. That is a statistic that you will most likely find with a pediatric nutritionist more than a regular pediatrician.

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Heather - posted on 11/29/2011

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Thank you ladies! my son is now 3 and after i shut the dr up about his weight they havent said anything else! thank you all again!!!

Shannon - posted on 09/15/2011

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I would agree with Vicki in getting a second opinion as it could be a combination of things and growth charts are a barometer for growth but there are many variations. Because of our situation we have a GI Specialist, who we consult with in conjunction with our Pediatrician to ensure we have opinions but ultimately have to do what feels right for you and your daughter. There are many options which is the good news from increased snacking, to additives if needed. You may just want to have another conversation with your medical support to see what may be necessary if anything. But ultimately, if she is healthy that's the good news and you can go forward from there. Good luck!

Vicki - posted on 09/15/2011

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Maybe get a second opinion Ericka. Extremely hyper and active sounds like she just works it off. My boy didn't gain much weight between about 10 months and 2 years. He completely changed shape though, from a chubby baby with fat rolls to a lean, mean, running around toddler machine. He stretched up, grew longer legs, lost the fat rolls and now looks quite skinny - but healthy and active. Growth charts are silly, humans come in all shapes and sizes.

Ericka - posted on 09/14/2011

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I also have this problem my daughter is 22 months and only weighs 20 lbs. Her doctor put her on pediasure 7 months ago and she still hasn't gained any weight. She is extreamly hyper and plays most of the day.

Shannon - posted on 09/13/2011

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Do you put butter in his food? We started adding butter about 7 months ago for our son who is the same age and was having similar issues. Also lots of cheese. Cheese on his scrambled eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches and quesadillas with butter on the whole wheat tortillas. Also high fat (good fat) things like Avacados, etc. It has all helped a great deal and also make sure he isn't filling up on liquids. Our son weights almost 25 lbs but weight for height is good so our doc isn't worried. Good luck with all of this, it can be so stressful.

Kathy - posted on 11/03/2010

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my dd who is 28mos is only 26lbs and she eats like a machine. i guess with all the running around they do at this age, they just burn right through it. if he's developing well physically and mentally, i'd say he's ok. or you can check with another doc for a 2nd opinion.

Sara - posted on 10/21/2010

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My son was 24 lbs at 2 and just hit the 30lb mark at 3 and 3/4. He still wears a 2t. My pediatrician says he's just small for his age. He is healthy. I would seek another opinion. Unless the dr has another reason for him gaining weight, I would get another opinion.

Oh and a high fat diet isn't good for anyone. He will grow and just look at this way: he gets to use his clothing longer!

Clara - posted on 10/21/2010

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Trust and Wait !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If your child is not sick, dont make him follow an unhealthy diet filled with fat ?

Amanda - posted on 10/20/2010

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we had problems trying to get my little boy who now is 5 to gain weight,they said feed him more cheese,butter,put horlicks and ovaltine in his bottle.problem was dairy made him sick.When he was a baby we found custard and rice pudding were good.Things like semolina that you make with milk are filling food and have extra calories but if you have a very active child they might just not gain much.

Kate - posted on 10/19/2010

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We had a similar issue. The gastroenterologist suggested adding carnation instant breakfast to his milk - we always did it at night. He also suggested a diet higher in fat - basically cook with butter and lots of it. Around the holidays, we always gave our son eggnog (alcohol free of course) once a day - that usually bumped him up from the 1% to the 5% alone.
Unfortunately, my husband and I put on weight too:(

Reagan - posted on 10/19/2010

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He is now 6, wears size 6 clothes and just received a great first report card. He is thin but we all are. And he is as tall or taller than most in his class. We went through this from 1 to 4 yrs. He weighed 20 lbs. at 1 and only gained 5 pounds a year. I went as far as to bring in pictures and other family members to prove this. I had to pay for all the testing to prove that nothing was wrong. So I am a little passionate about this subject!

Kim - posted on 10/19/2010

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Well that's just ridiculous! My daughter is 27 months and weighs 27 pounds. She weighed 25 at 2 yrs. She's far from malnurished. Don't listen to them. Is he in size 24 mos? He's fine!

Reagan - posted on 10/19/2010

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Don't do a thing! The problem is he is not fitting on their growth chart. However growth charts have not been updated nor do they take into account genetics. My son had to go through blood testing and hand x-rays for this very reason just to prove, "well I guess this is just who he is." I tried telling them that the whole time. Why would I feed my child fat? We know this is not smart!! The amount of worry we endured was horrible. They had us thinking he has a growth hormone problem. I am naturally thin and my husband is thin as well. Keep doing what you know to be right for your child. And we both know feeding a child fat to fit on a chart isn't right. You are building fat cells.

Jamie - posted on 10/19/2010

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My daughter is 22 months and weighs about 29 pounds. I have been trying to get her to gain weight and as soon as she does, she drops it in no time. I just can't keep weight on her! But my 8 month old weighs almost 20 pounds!

Pam - posted on 10/19/2010

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I do also, my son is almost 23 months and about 24 pounds, his dr has always said he's small but he eats great, everything, and is very active. i think if they seem healthy and happy at this point it is ok. I don't know how to force weight either when they already eat alot. I give him pediasure often, my 17 year old likes it too! Good luck with him, sure he'll do great.

Trisha - posted on 10/19/2010

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My daughter is 26 months old and just now barely hit 24 lbs. She is incredibly smart with an elaborate vocabulary and has physically developed right on track. At her 24 month appt. the doc mentioned a little concern because my dd was growing slowly and that she thought we might start doing periodic weight checks. I think that's ridiculous and I don't plan on taking her to get weighed. Just looking at my daughter, you can tell she's growing just fine and very intelligent. Sometimes I feel like the docs always want you concerned about something. Besides, my daughter was breastfed (and still is), and often the docs tend to not recognize the *fact* that bf babies grow differently than formula fed babies and tend to be leaner and lower on the growth charts.
Anyway, just wanted you to know that we're in the similar situation as you. I'd relax about it and look at your son. He'll tell you if he's not getting what he needs. :-)

Stephanie - posted on 10/18/2010

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My daughter is 27 months and all she does is eat. She eats more than my three year old does. She only weights 24.5 lbs. Her ped. isn't really worried about it though. She has been to two different peds and neither one has questioned her weight. I have been worried, but they say that she is fine. I really am suprised at home much that little girl can eat sometimes!

Kim - posted on 10/18/2010

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well, my question for you is are there any health issues? Many Docs are from the old school of "fatten them up".. no a days there is much to consider about that. Our daughter is 34 months old and she weighs 26 lbs. SHe is active, very healthy and happy. She eats when she is hungry and stops when she is full. A bit of a nibbler through the day.. Oh how I wished I had learned that when I was her age.... These kiddos are very busy (active and developementally) I do not think it is something to worry about unless there is more cause for worry...

Sadaf - posted on 10/18/2010

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As long as he's in the upward trend in the charts that's all the matters, it's not really the number but the fact that he's not loosing weight...so if he eats when he's hungry and eats everything, that's awesome...not sure why this is an issue from the doctor's perspective??? again, if he's active an healthy, those are the key points to consider...good luck!

Veronica - posted on 10/17/2010

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hi. my son is 4 now, and weighs 32 lbs. he weighed 18 lbs when he turned 2. i had to take him to a nutritionalist and GI. to run tests.he was fine, but he was under the 1 percentile for weight, and they put him on a high cal high fat diet. pediasure replacing milk, and all the fried, fatty food he can eat. he gained about a pound a month. also add dry, powdered milk to everything you can, like cereal, milk, potatos, gravy, oatmeal.. everything. that will help out

Lisa - posted on 10/17/2010

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My daughter is 27 months old has been 1st 9lbs (25lbs) for the past 9 month, the docs are not worried and I think as long as they are eating a healthy balanced diet I wouldn't be worried. Does he look healthy? Most kids run all their energy off ....so lose weight or stay the same for a long period of time.

Laura - posted on 10/17/2010

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Try pediasure my son is underweight too and pediasure has helped of course you don't want him to gain too much too fast either.

Brandy - posted on 10/16/2010

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i have the same problem only worse, my son is 23 months and weighed 20 pounds at the doctors yesterday and is only 32 inches tall, they want to run a bunch of blood tests and even give him xrays to find out why hes not developing properly. he also barely speaks, he knows about ten words. He has such a small appetiet, he only take about five bites of anything, even if he picks it out himself :(

Misty - posted on 10/15/2010

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my son is three and only weighs 29lbs he is happy and healthy. Get a new doctor. Don't listen the the generalized groupings those percentile charts they give you. They were based on only 100 kids or something like that. As long as he is healthy weight doesn't matter! That just makes me mad!!!!!

ANIA - posted on 10/15/2010

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Yes. My daughter is 36 M and weighs 26 Lb. She eats very healthy (asks for broccoli celery and carrots over cookies candy and frys) so i KNOW she is healthy even though thin...In fact I am very happy with the way she looks, she has the energy of a field mouse :) I get sad when I see overweight toddler who'd rather watch TV than play ball. PS I run a daycare from home I see all sorts of kids.

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My son is 33 months and weighs 23 lbs. We have done everything from an endoscopy to make sure nothing is wrong with his stomache to taking his tonsils out. I just believe that he is a very active child and as long as he eats somewhat nutritiously I have stopped worrying. He will gain when he's ready and I'm sure your son will too.

Crystal - posted on 10/15/2010

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hmmmm, my daughter is 22 months old and 24 pounds and the dostor says she's perfect that most parents overfeed their babies, thats why they weigh more. i guess have him eat potatoes, rice, pasta, milk, cheese etc... things like that

ANIA - posted on 10/15/2010

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I would laugh at the doctor.... as my doctor says, "there are too many OVERweight kids". obviously your son is very active and I wouldn't worry about his weight unless he suddenly lost weight, if he gains it consistently even a little that is good. I think you should be proud of him and yourself that he isn't getting closer to diabetes and heart problems like so many American kids these days.

Leanne - posted on 10/15/2010

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my health visitor told me to put butter on my daughters potatoes feed her chips etc-basically the things you usually get advised agaist giving them- to get her to put on weight and let her snack on chrisps!!

Carisa - posted on 10/15/2010

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My daughter is 18 months and only weights 20 lbs 13 oz. She has been small since she was about 4 months and my doctor says its just the way she is. She eats all the time, but is very energetic. Actually, I think smaller kids have a harder time gaining weight because they are so agile. Mine is a climber and therefore burning a lot more calories than kids who don't. As long as he hasn't stopped growing, I wouldn't think it was a problem. I think I would talk to another dr. It doesn't sound like they are listening to you very well. I always say I would rather have a kid who is thin than one who is fat.

Liz - posted on 10/15/2010

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As the mother of a 2 1/2 year old girl who weighs 26 pounds I'm kind of curious/disgusted that they would tell you to try to make him gain weight. My daughter was the same weight as your son 6 months ago. She is in like the 8th percentile or something very low for weight, but about the 30th or 40th for height. I've been told that as long as they gain two pounds a year after one year of age that there is nothing to worry about. Is he tall for his age or something? To me, it seems we should be more concerned about when are children are overweight, which a majority of them are. Children know when to eat if they are hungry... we socialize them to overeat. Remember the "Clean plate club?" I sure do and wish it had never been introduced to me.

Debbie - posted on 10/15/2010

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My daughter had trouble gaining weight as well...we eventually figured out that she is allergic to dairy products. After we cut out all dairy from her diet, she started gaining weight. She is also no longer constipated. And as a bonus, she also calmed down considerably. It is a drastic change, since you have to cut out all cheese, yogurt, milk, etc, but you can give your son almond milk to drink for calcium and non-dairy yogurt. You might want to talk to your son's doctor about being tested. And you can always try it for a month and then introduce dairy products back into his diet.

Cara - posted on 10/15/2010

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My oldest (8) and I struggle to maintain our "healthy" weight due to a high metabolism. I agree with the poster who mentioned not allowing the child to drink before or even at the beginning of the meal. It makes them feel full faster. My son and I drink a glass of milk (or milkshake) with carnation instant breakfast added right before bed. We use vanilla due to my chocolate allergy. I also send peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with him for lunch as often as he will let me.

Lisa - posted on 10/15/2010

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have you not been reffered to a dietician? If they dr was that concerned they would have reffered you to one, is your 23month old very active? if he is then this will contribute to the low weight. My oldest was underweight after he was ill and struggled to put weight on, they referred him to a dietician and all i got told was to feed my son fatty foods as he was too healthy, that is easier said than done my son does not like fatty foods. I was told that everytime i walked past mcdonalds go and get him a burger and to feed him bugers and deep fry chips when at home. My son is now nearly 7yrs old and very active and still underweight, i have been trying to put weight on him since he was 18months old. The drs have said that it is to do with his build and motabilism which there is nothing that can be done he constantly eats from when he gets up to when he goes to bed.
If your son looks ok to you and he is eating lots then i dont see a problem he may just be a petite child which is better than the dr saying your child is overweight. You are not on your own x

Heather - posted on 10/14/2010

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Also if constipation is a problem with him i would stay away from dairy, work on upping the fiber, getting as many raw fruits and veggies in him as possible and healthy carbs and fats. Things like roasted chickpeas are a great snack (i take can of chickpeas coat with olive oil then sprinkle with chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, ground cummin and a little crushed red pepper and bake on cookie sheet at 425 for about 25 min stiring 1/2 way thru, they will be golden when done), and hummas with carrots, and maybe some blackbean quasidillas with soy cheese (or reg cheese if he handles it but with constipation.....) or fat free refried beans with a little salsa mixed in, they all have good fiber without adding extra junk in their bodies. Im not a huge fan of things like pediasure cuz i prefer to keep kids diets all natural and chemical free but some people think it is oK to use, if it feels right you could try that.. Also i have a friend with a little girl who is 5 1/2 and weighs 28lbs and is tall and her dr. used to give her a hard time and they went thru adding weightganin stuff to her food and pediasure, etc then finally she said enough, her kids was heaqlthy and active and she went back to natural healthy diety and her kid is doing just great, she is just a high metabilism kid :o) hang in there and remember you are the momma and whatever feels right to you is the right course of action to take :)

Heather - posted on 10/14/2010

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Heather, don't worry lots of kids are little. Is he healthy? Is he active? Does he get enough water to drink? I get a little frustrated when Dr's try to fatten up kids, we have so many weight problems in our society and kids are awsome self regulators if you let their body's do what they need to. They eat when they are hungry and they stop when they are not, they sleep when thery are tired and they are awake when they are not, etc. I have 2 boys who are very tall and skinny (both in 90-95th percentile for height adn both in 20-30% of weight. My 7 yr old was 25lbs at 8 mos old and he was 25lbs at 24 months old, he is now 52 inches tall and 44lbs. My 3 yr old was 20lbs by 5 mo old and 27lbs at 36mo old and he is 41 inches tall. They are both healthy adn active and i am blessed with a pediatrician who looks at the kid not at the stats. My advice is to make sure you offer healthy choices for food and don't make food a battle, don't give in and let him have fatty food just to get calories into him, he will be fine :o) You could consider a suppliment like Juice Plus if you think he is not getting enough nutrients but other then that i would just let his body do what it needs to :o) Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 10/13/2010

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my nephew had this problem. his pediatrician classified him as failure to thrive. his parents solution? THEY FOUND ANOTHER PEDIATRICIAN! seriously. every child is different. all those charts they use and percentiles...they're just averages. are you and the child's father petite people? then perhaps he's just smaller due to genetics. if he eats when he is hungry, then don't worry!! you know his eating habits. all kids grow at different times. as long as he is eating a wide variety of healthy foods, then i think the growth and weight gain will come!

Leigh - posted on 10/13/2010

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I would not worry to much!! My little girl is 4 and only weighs 34lbs. The doctors are always saying she is skinny, but she eats very good. As long as you know you are feeding you son good then he will put on weight as needed.

Amanda - posted on 10/13/2010

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I had this issue too with my first child. Her doctor, and others, recommended adding as much fat as possible to her diet. Sour cream, ranch dressing for dipping veggies, butter, etc. Not junk food! I would add these types of options to the healthy food I would offer her and sometimes it helped her eat more veggies and things she didn't care for. Good luck! My daughter is still small for age group and does not gain weight well still. I now just assume that it is a part of her genes and body type. Best of luck!

Jacqueline - posted on 10/13/2010

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We are working on putting on weight too. We put real butter or canola oil on whatever we can. Whole fat milk products. ( my daughter is on miralax for constipation) Yotoddler yogurt every morning and a pediasure before bed. Hope that helps!

Julie - posted on 10/13/2010

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My two younger kids have really high metabolisms. My husband looses weight on 3000 calories a day, and I guess the kids inherited his side. For the most part their doctor is unconcerned since they have had a mostly consistent curve and they have smaller builds and obviously a family history.



My 2 year old has a harder time keeping proper nutrition since she has gotten very picky over the summer. She doesn't like most meat or bread or this or that so we've had to become very creative. Things like chicken salad with some shredded cheese and cooked peas mixed in with crackers. We also use the Carnation Instant Breakfast. She gets one cup a day. It's cheaper than Pediashure and has more vitamins and minerals.



I've learned over the last couple years that it's more about protein, complex carbs, and fat. I was told by the doctor to not feed things like mashed potatoes with lots of butter because it's not as healthy. I make a lot of things like tuna casserole (or with canned chicken) with a couple of extra cans of meat and whole milk. Then me and my oldest eat more salad and veggies. We definatly don't have high metabolisms. I think of them like athletes in training when I plan my menus out.

Bec - posted on 10/12/2010

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My kids both had problems gaining weight and my 5 year old is still a skinny bean. As others have said about following the growth curve as long as it's consistent and his development is normal I wouldn't worry too much. My son is 2 and is 25lb but eats everything in sight and still doesn't seem to get much bulk on him. We went through all of the double checking and concern about a year ago but it all came down to the consistent growth and development.

Heather - posted on 10/12/2010

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My daughter was a preemie, and was only 19 pounds at a year and 23 at 2, but at 3 she is 32 pounds. As long as they are continuing to gain weight and not really under weight it is important to keep on track of things without going crazy. Fed him whole milk products, let him get snacks that are healthy, and their is healthy snacks. Maybe if he does more outdoor activities and he will get hungrier. My girlfriend also has a child that is underweight and she got her child around other children that like to eat a lot and sometimes this helps, peer pressure and all.

Dixie - posted on 10/12/2010

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I had trouble with my oldest gaining weight but now he eats lots of peanut butter and in the last 6 months gained 10 pounds. He loves peanut butter sandwiches to so I dont really have to bribe him to eat.

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The number one concern is if he is following the curve on his growth chart. My kids are very small, 5 yr old 42" and 32 lbs boy and my daughter is almost 4 and she is 38" and 26 lbs, but they have always followed the proper curve on the growth chart. They are growing fine and just small but extremely healthy. If he has dropped off on the curve of the growth chart that is a concern and if that is the case that is why the Pediatrician would be concerned. but otherwise I wouldn't worry. You could also get a 2nd opinion. Good luck!!

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wait. That's exactly the age and weight of my son and the Pediatrician say he is perfectly healthy! He eats healthy, drinks milk and some pediasure, and loves to snack on fruits and vegetables!!! Strange!

Jeneva - posted on 10/11/2010

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I just want to let you know we are in the same boat but my son is 2 yrs sold today and he is just hitting 20 lbs (about 27in tall). His weight has been a concern for a while but after working with his pedi for this long, since his development is fine and his food/drink intake is good we have come to the conclusion that he just is a small/skinny kid. If the docs are giving you a hard time, try getting a 2nd opinion but otherwise just keep feeing him food high in (good) fat. Our babies will get there eventually.

Melissa - posted on 10/11/2010

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First, I would take a deep breath and exhale. The doctors primary concern is that your child is getting enough nutrition. Some kids just have a metabolism like a hummingbird. If you don't see any developmental problems...he can talk, has good motor skills, etc. than he's probably doing fine.

Whole milk, regular string cheese, regular yogurt, all these things can help fatten your child up. Maybe he was in the middle of a growth spurt when he was last at the doctor and hadn't had a chance to get his bmi back to normal. You're doing the right thing by providing him with food whenever he's hungry.

Heather - posted on 10/08/2010

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thanks ladies! i will deffinitly try more cheese and the breakfast drinks! i cant do the whole milk because like i said he gets constipated! and i dont want to give him a bunch of junk food to make him gain weight because then it wouldnt be healthy at all! but thanks again! any advice helps!

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