can you help me help my baby to feed prperly

Neila - posted on 12/25/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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hi my son is two and severely underweight, one of the most picky earter and i am very worried about his weight that is dropping rapidly ,i have tried some vitamins but nothing seem to work can you moms out there recommend something PLEASE

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Ledia - posted on 12/26/2014

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Vitamins do not help with weight gain, they only aid in getting the proper nutrients, but we need fats and carbohydrates too, which are not found in vitamins. In addition to the vitamins, try a protein shake. If you are in the US, there are tons of great ones available. Some come already mixed and packaged as a drink while others come as a powder that you can mix with water or milk, or add to smoothies, warm cereal, mashed potatoes, and other creamy foods.
Talk with your doc about choosing one--Not many do, but a few of them contain vitamins as well and you don't want to give your child too much of one vitamin.
Also, if you choose the powder, expect to pay $40 and up for a jar. The jar will last a long time, but if your kid hates it, you've just wasted $40 or more. Most nutrition stores, like GNC, will let your child sample them before you buy a large jar. You will pay a little more at the store, but once you find one you like, you can order in bulk online.
The pre-made shakes are very affordable, averaging less than $3 per drink for most of them. Kelloggs, Pediasure, Ensure, and Nestle all make them, but a lot of kids don't like them.

You can also try feeding him protein bars--they are often flavored like chocolate and other sweet flavors kids like, so you might have some luck there, but again, talk to your doctor first because the bars are usually designed for adults, and I'm not sure if they are okay for kids or not.

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Dove - posted on 12/27/2014

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*the only thing he will take is the breast but what good is this for a 2year old

This is what I was talking about... it IS good for a 2 year old... assuming you meant you have milk and he IS nursing...

If he's not taking anything he will need to be hospitalized and hooked up to an IV before much longer. How long has it been since the surgery? How much weight has he lost?

Neila - posted on 12/27/2014

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he will not take anything with milk as i put it in his mouth he will spit it back out,i will take the peadiasure and make a popsicle with it but he will only take it when he feels like it

Dove - posted on 12/26/2014

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If he is still breastfeeding... offer it to him ALL the time. Breast milk is great for anyone. Yes, he does need to be eating other things at this age, but if he won't right now... keep up the breastfeeding as often as possible while continuing to offer him other foods. Avocados and peanut butter are both good, high fat foods.

Neila - posted on 12/26/2014

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he's had surgery for a psuedoarthrosis of the tibea which he was born with (false joint) He has always been a picky eater but since the surgery he just wont eat.he doesnt bottle feed and his pead is the best in the country and we've tried everything the only thing he will take is the breast but what good is this for a 2year old but i give him since this is the only thing he's taking without fuss. i am VERY worried and dont know what i can do to open his appetite looking for a vitamin that does this ,can't find any though

Gena - posted on 12/26/2014

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If he is losing weight rapidly the best would be to go to a doctor with him. Find out why he is losing weight and ask what you should do. If there are certain foods he likes,cook them for him.

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