need help my son is 17months old but he only weight's around 8 kilo pls help
Isha - posted on 09/14/2012
My daughter is 1 yr n just 8 n half kg,,, I am worried all time. She hates milk n even don't seem to like eating,,,,, but doctors told me she is healthy n just fine,, but still am sooo worried,,,, I am in the same problem,,,, need help please
Bellamie - posted on 10/13/2009
I went to a nutritionist for answers when my son dropped from the 80th percentile in weight to the 6th. She said since he's doesn't eat much that we need to make his food as "calorie dense" as possible. This means frying his food, adding butter, and cheese to everything. One of the easiest ways they suggested to sneakily up the calories is to use powdered milk. They won't even notice it. Also try the vegetarian freezer section. They've got great, high calorie, high protein, toddler friendly foods like Spinach artichoke bites, or garden burgers. It's so easy to microwave a veggie patty then cut it into dippable strips and serve it with ranch or ketchup. And no low calorie snacks either. Even if he loves rice cakes, it's just gonna fill him up so he won't want to eat his cheesy mashed potatoes. If you haven't already done this, try keeping a food journal of everything he eats for two weeks then look over it to see where things could improve. And like some other moms have pointed out, some kids are just smaller and still healthy. Good luck!
Heather - posted on 10/13/2009
My son was born a preemie starting weight at 1 pound 9 ounce and he has always been behind on his weight. He is now 3 years and barely over 20 pounds. Our pediatrician has never been concerned with his slow weight gain.
I would talk to your pediatrician and see if you have anything to worry about. A lot of children also go through spurts where they don't want to eat certain foods or they get distracted easy with other things.
Ann Marie - posted on 10/13/2009
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Good advice, Kim Lee! Carrot juice is one of my secret weapons...and all of my children can see in the dark. I put it in nearly everything to add vitamins and some good calories.
If your child can eat nuts, getting them to eat a trail mix for a snack is another way to get healthy calories into their diet where crackers or cookies (empty calories) would normally go.
And there is one other type of child (my Veronica), she eats everything under the sun (and somethings in the dark) and is still a tall, thin child. She is active and healthy and sleeps enough. Remember, sleep is a good indicator of your child's health.
Kim Lee - posted on 10/13/2009
My son is the same and what I have done is to purchase a juicer and I make sure he gets enough fruit and vegetables every day. He doesn't like to eat fvegetablebut he will drink this mixture. I add yoghurt or fruit juice and he loves it.
If you are concerned about his weight, your pediatrician should be a good judge of if he is still healthy and developing properly. I wouldn't stress out too much about his weight being less than average for his age, though. Some Peds act like all children should strive to be 'average' when that is not possible. Some are smaller, some are larger. As long as he is meeting his milestones I wouldn't worry!
Ann Marie - posted on 10/13/2009
If he is the correct height and still thin, try adding formula to his milk and yogurt. This will add calories to his food which is healthy for him.
If he is also small for his age, you need to have him tested by a pediatric endocrinologist to be sure he is producing enough growth hormone.
If you want more info on how to get more calories in him, post a note on my profile and I will send you a link to an excerpt from my book.
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