Underweight Toddler

Palma - posted on 02/03/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 2-year-old son is generally a poor eater. As a infant he was in the 95th percentile for weight, but after a long bout of the flu, a cold and a double ear infection in which he didn't eat for over a month, he's dropped down to the 10th percentile for weight. Any advice how to fatten up a little one who is a very picky eater?

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Liz - posted on 02/03/2009

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I really wouldn't worry too much about it. My daughter was always in the 10th percentile since birth and now at 3yo she is only just at 30lbs. She has always been a picky eater. Some days she eats a lot, other days not so much. I am in the thinking that if they are hungry they will eat. Just make sure he is being offered food that you know he likes.

Alanna - posted on 02/03/2009

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Our daughter has been in the 5% since birth, so we have struggled with her weight for 4 years. Butter, olive oil, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, pudding, adding half-n-half to her milk, mixing her milk with carnation instant breakfast, pediasure, smoothies made from ice cream or yogurt, adding powdered milk to foods... i hope he will eat some of those things for you. Our daughter is a horribly picky eater as well. i know how frustrating it is.

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Kim - posted on 01/20/2011

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I guess I'm in the same boat as everyone here. My daughter is 23 mths and only weighs 10-11kg. She doesn't seem to have put on any weight in the last 6 months. She does eat lots some days and others hardly anything but she is SO active all day long. I also think she is too skinny but at least she is happy & healthy. I have to remember that as a child I was skinny too and everyone thought I was way underweight. I guess some kids are just built that way - as long as they are happy, healthy and always have sufficient food available to them they will eat what their bodies require. So glad I'm not the only one with a 'light weight' toddler.

Linda - posted on 02/04/2009

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I am so glad I am not the only mom out there that worries about this!! My daughter now 2 years and 4 month is the worst picky eater... She only weighs 11kg. She is healthy over all but it stress me out that she does not eat enough. Any suggestions would be appreciated....

Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2009

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I think it is very normal for babies to lose the babyfat around that age. This usually happens naturally as they get more active, and start to get more picky about what they will and will not eat. You can try offering him a treat at the end of each meal if he finishes his plate. It works for my 16 month old...

User - posted on 02/03/2009

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i had extremely low weight babies...one of which had trouble gaining.  all of the helpful advice from feeding clinics were to add healthy fats (already mentioned...butter, cream, etc.), and dip everything!!!  ranch, ketchup, mustard, oils...anything and everything that is good healthy high calories:)

Dana - posted on 02/03/2009

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Well first of all--he had valid reason to lose weight.  I would just do a check up---make sure you check if he is anemic--usually a finger prick at the pediatric office is OK.  then move from there. rule out any other reasons why he may have lost weight.  usually everything is normal----don't stress healthy children sould be around 30-60 percentile---most child are very overweight.   Give him some time.   the worse thing is to fatten him up quickly. Only  offer healthy meals and snacks---let him work back up to a healthy weight slowly.  Only use pediasure if the MD or NP says OK.  It is very high in sugar ---not a healthy alternative. Children usually find their own way.  Don't push it.   I am a  nurse pracitioner in peds-----if he is a  healthy kid--take a deep breath and a little time--usually everying is fine. 

Havona - posted on 02/03/2009

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add fatty versions of foods things he likes to eat, so if he likes veggies cook them in butter, feed full fat yogurt and milk, peanut butter, if he drinks juice wean him off of it and if desperate, don't be afraid of french fries and potato chips, but stay away from processed sugars

Tamara - posted on 02/03/2009

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he will put his weight back on my daughter had phnemonia and didnt eat for a few weeks eventually she started eating heaps again my daughter is also very picky eater i wouldnt worry to much just give him foods he likes if your really worried take him back to the doctor

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