How do I get my underweight 14 month old to gain weight?

Julie - posted on 01/16/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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What food do I give my 14 month old baby to add weight?

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Rachel - posted on 04/02/2011

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I am currently having the same problem with my daughter she will be 14 months old on monday and is 17.2lbs. she was very sick this winter and lost weight. i a now trying to get her to atleast gain back what she lost. she loves yogurt so we give her that and pasta and other stuff like that. good luck and try not to worry too much believe me I know it i hard I worry about her all the time but i try my best to get her to eat anything cause she is picky too

Marla - posted on 01/17/2010

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I feel your pain! My little guy is 10 months old and 15 pds. He was born at 5 and a half pounds. We're trying everything too and are not seeing any amazing results. We put olive oil and flax seed oil in everything he eats, we even put flax seed oil in his bottle. He loves avocado mashed with egg yolks and oil, and then is very picky about everything else. I'm actually going to see a specialist next Monday and will add to this e-mail if we get any amazing advice. Everything else with my little guy is perfect. It's so hard not to go nuts over this, my husband and I experience so much stress about his eating, and then we end up snapping at each other. The wiser part of me know's he's fine and that these charts can be a little absurd. We just have little ones. It's so confusing becuase I want to trust that my baby knows what he needs and will eat when he's hungry and stop when he's full but when you have the doctor's telling you otherwise, it can make you spin inside. Good luck! We'll get through this!

Kelly - posted on 04/02/2011

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I have this same problem with my baby . when I took her to the Dr in January when she turned one he told me she needed to be 20 pounds by the time i brought her back in April . He told me to up the cereal up the milk up everything give her cheese but my little girl is also active and she eats alot but mostly just wants to snack . How many oz's of food should she have in a day . This worries me to I felt like a bad parent like I wasn't doing my job .She feels like she has gain some weight and I always change her food so she wont get bored .

Samantha - posted on 01/16/2010

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Try to vary the diet up and make sure your baby has plenty to eat, even if they don't eat it all. Don't force food if they won't eat. If they're not eating, try a meal replacement designed for kids. (You can ask your pediatrician for help finding one.)

Sammi - posted on 04/08/2010

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Hi Julie, Please try not to worry! That old chestnut. My little fgiurl was small for dates at 5lb 5oz and I really stressed about getting her to eat. She is now 10 and eats for England and is probably if I'm honest a bit overweight.These things sort themselves out in time. As long as your child is getting the right nutrients for growth I would relax. Best wishes Sam xx

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Shéyna - posted on 01/17/2010

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You could try pediasure or whole milk or mix cereal with whole milk but it doesn't always work. I did both with my daughter. Look at your baby's growth chart and if she is gaining weight at a steady pace. also look at both you and your babys fathers body type if you guys are not big people your baby wont be. my daughter is considered underweight on that curve that the doctor uses but I looked at it and she was progressing evenly. One doc said its nothing to worry about and another wanted to get her weight u. Both her dad and I are small so she is gonna be small too. If your baby is eating, even a little bit, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just make sure she is getting liquids, thats what all the grandmas and aunts told me :-)

Julie - posted on 01/17/2010

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She has been falling on the curve since she was 6 months old. She is now under 5% and was at 40% when she was 4 months old. She is 14 months and weighs 17.5 lbs. I'm starting to think she needs to gain weight, she had blood tests done and everything came out fine. Dr. thinks she's just not getting enough to eat/calories per day. I've tried to put butter on everything she eats but that doesn't seem to be helping. Just looking for some advice on things to try to feed her to help her gain weight. thanks

Theresa - posted on 01/16/2010

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Has your doc told you she's under weight? And has the doc recommended that you "fatten" her up, or are you just feeling like she is and you should. My oldest was always in the 10th percent for weight and the 90th for height. He is now almost 14 and is still that way. He eats a lot and just doesn't gain weight (lucky kid). :) He only weighs 110 and is 5'10". My 3rd is also very petite, that's just her build. I just had her in for her 15 month check up and she was only 21 lbs. If she is eating healthy then I wouldn't worry about it, unless there is a drop in her weight. As long as her weight is following along at about the same rate on her growth charts she'll be fine. I would wait until her 15 month check up and talk about it with her doc.

Sara - posted on 01/16/2010

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My son has always been tiny. He always will be. He is 19 mos now and I have always tried to get him to gain weight, but he just isnt going to be a chunky baby. You can talk to your doctor about doing a 3 day calorie count. We had to write down every thing he ate for 3 days. We gave it to his pediatrician and she sent it to a nurtitionalist. they did all the math. A few weeks later (they lost the paper work) the nutrionalist called and said that we needed to add more butter to his vegetable. This way you have the conformation that your child is being properly nurioushed. You can always get your childs thiroid checked too.

Rosie - posted on 01/16/2010

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my children were all considered failure to thrive (less than the third percentile). and have used pediasure, boost and carnation instant breakfast. also other recommendations by doctors were calories, calories, calories. if you make a potatoe use butter, sour cream and cheese. put butter and parmesan in with noodles, if you give her fruit or veggies use a dip or peanut butter (if there's no family history of allergies). whole milk, to drink other times, not as much water.
these are all recommendations for an underweight child less than the third percentile. if your child is above the third percentile and keeps growing on her curve though, i wouldn't worry to much about it. she's probably just going to be little and that might be just normal for her.

Jodi - posted on 01/16/2010

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How underweight is she? And has she always been underweight? My daughter has always hovered around the 3rd percentile - she was born that way, and is still that way at almost 5. I therefore don't consider her underweight - I never have, and neither does her pediatrician. We consider it NORMAL for HER. She eats a balanced diet, and eats well, so I don't believe it is a problem. She's just petite :)

Jaclyn - posted on 01/16/2010

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is your child a picky eater? can you give a little more info so we can help with some advice on what food to give your 14 month old baby to add weight? :o)

April - posted on 01/16/2010

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My daughter wouldn't touch Pediassure, but she loves the Carnation instant breakfast. It helped beef her up.

Brittany - posted on 01/16/2010

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My son was considered underweight until he was 2. His doctor actully prescribed him pediasure. He would have to drink 3-4 bottles of pediasure a day and get his weight checked monthly. I tried giving him bigger servings of foods I know he liked and even making him the same meal 3 times a day (he'd refuse to eat some things - he's a very picky eater). The doctor even wanted to test him for cystic fibrosis and some rare genetic diesease. But he's fine now. He was just skinny (like me and his dad! - well, dad was lol). He still only weighs 28 lbs and he's almost 4!

So I would suggest to try the pediasure thing (bring it up to your doctor and see if you get prescription for it. It will be A LOT cheaper that buying them).

Alexis - posted on 01/16/2010

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how much does she weigh? When my daughter was 12 months she only weighed 18lbs.

Jaclyn - posted on 01/16/2010

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is your child a picky eater? can you give a little more info so we can help with some advice on what food to give your 14 month old baby to add weight? :o)

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