underweight 3 yr old who won't eat any suggestions

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Kim - posted on 06/28/2009

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If your little one will drink milk add protein powder to the milk. You can get it from a supermarket and it helped to bulk out my little girl when she was really underweight. It is similar to pediasure. And i used to give her up and go breakfast in a popper. Hope this helps.

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Teddynaga88 - posted on 06/02/2012

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My baby is 3yr old she dont have interest on food so she having less weightwhat food shall i give to her to incresed her weight

Teddynaga88 - posted on 06/02/2012

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My baby is 3yr old she dont have interest on food so she having less weightwhat food shall i give to her to incresed her weight

Shayla - posted on 06/28/2009

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I would talk to your doctor. If she is still on her own growth curve there is probably nothing to worry about, but if she falls below her own growth curve, it might be a concern. My kids were very small and I was told by my doctor to supplement their regular meals with pediasure - not ensure it has a different formula not suitable for children.

Stacey - posted on 06/28/2009

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Children cannot control many things in their lives. However, they can control when they sleep, when they potty/where they potty, and if they eat or not. Give your child healthy choices and trust that once she gets hungry enough, she WILL eat. Don't sacrifice quality for her "wants," however, and make sure what she is eating is appropriate. Any good pediatrician will tell you the same thing. Good luck, sweetie!

Guggie - posted on 06/28/2009

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Quoting Kim:

If your little one will drink milk add protein powder to the milk. You can get it from a supermarket and it helped to bulk out my little girl when she was really underweight. It is similar to pediasure. And i used to give her up and go breakfast in a popper. Hope this helps.



If anyone is going to do this, double check the ingredients list. Sometimes hormones and soy protein are added in large quantities. These can be dangerous to children.



 




Muscle milk might be a good pre-made choice.

Sarah - posted on 06/28/2009

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I had this problem with my 3yr old girl. She now is happy to sit at the table and eat because of a few little changes. She now takes turns with big sister to set the table and help serve. Although it is messy sometimes, knowing that she was a "big helper" makes eating almost a reward. She also prays over every meal. We let any of our children pray over their meal that want to. They do not have to take turns.

Melissa - posted on 06/28/2009

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make meal time fun. What your child likes to eat and then put something eles on the plate but make them try it. Always say if you don't like it then you don't have to eat it. This gets them to atleast try it. I had a child that did like to eat much but i would always tell him i made it with love and if i had to lie about what it was then i would. Like fish he thought it was chicken or asparages i would call it trees. Some times it worked and other times it didn't. And some time i would cook it different and he would like it. Like carots cooked in butter and brown suger.

Ashley - posted on 06/28/2009

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I wouldnt eat til i was 6yrs. old

i basically lived of liquids

the one thing my dr. told my mom was not to force me to eat..

and when i did start eating i ate only what my dad ate and it had to be off his plate

However i dont remember ever being underweight.. hope i was some help

Guggie - posted on 06/28/2009

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If it is low growth apart from the child's individual growth curve and not just based on the averages, I would rule out allergies. If allergies were ruled out, I would stop all vaccinations and get my child tested for sensory disorders/sensory conversion disorders.



Scheduling an appt. w/ a licensed pediatric dietician can get you a lot of assistance.

Jessica - posted on 06/28/2009

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Some kids are just built to be thinner children. My son is 3 and has always been underweight but he has the height to compensate for it. My son is only in the 40th percentile for his weight but he's like crazy some days other days he's very picky.

Melissa - posted on 06/28/2009

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2 of my four kids are very picky. I discovered that cutting the foods into different shapes, or placing the food in the shape of a smily face really helped. Once I cut Isaiah's sandwich into an "I" shape, and he thought it was the coolest thing to see the letter of his name. Get creative, use colorful foods i.e. chicken nuggets for a mouth, a strawberry for a nose, and Cheese-it's for the eyes. The different colors, as well as the shape will be enticing for any child.

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My son wouldn't eat for a long time back when he was two. The doctor told me i can give him Pedia sure drinks. It has all the the vitamins and nutrients. They come in 3 different flavors.

Jody - posted on 06/28/2009

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My youngest was tiny at birth and tiny through life - when she was younger starting to eat "people" food she was extremely picky so I cut cheese, meats and fruit up into bite size and put them on tooth picks with the fancy ends and she would eat - as time progressed she could stick them herself but ended up eating more protein and fruits than otherwise - and absolutely NO snacking between meals for a few days and she was hungrier at mealtimes

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