I have a 15 month old daughter that weighs 17 pounds. She is really short too, her Dr thinks she looks healthy, but he's also concerned about her size. She has been put back on formula mixed with milk. She has also grown back into her 6-9 month clothes that she had grown out of before. She eats well, I'm just worried why she isn't growing and why she's so small. I've been trying to up her calorie intake. Any suggestions??
Sarah - posted on 02/18/2012
Pediasure worked to put the weight on my daughter. You can also mix high calorie shakes, get whole yoghurt (Greek yoghurt is best), homo milk, banana, strawberry, blueberries, and mix them in a blender. Give to babe in a sippee cup. The full-fat milk fats are the best, cheese, homo milk, high fat yoghurt, cottage cheese, etc. Offer healthy options like fruits and veggies, and balance off with proteins. Peanut butter is a fabulous high fat protein that helps put on weight.
We saw a dietician (she gave us some great tips) for my daughter she was only 16lbs at a year, and now at 18m finally broke the 20lb mark! She had a medical condition though that caused her to lose weight, but since being repaired just before her first birthday we've been able to get those 4lbs on her (it's been hard work!).
The dietician recommended the pediasure (or another kind of pediatric supplement) because it was an easy way to add 250cal a day (for 1 can a day). Also even though you want the milk fats, you don't want to offer too much milk either (no more than 500ml/day) because it will fill the babe up and she won't want to eat her solids. Also stay away from juice because it's empty sugar that won't put on weight and just interrupt her metabolism. Good luck, I hope it all works out for you!
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