How do you fatten your baby up?

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My son is a skinny baby, my husband's and my whole family are all petite but my son weights ounces less than he did at 6 months and we're worried. I hear adding the Rice cereal to his formula will start to add weight. He eats 4-5 3.5oz stage 2 solid baby foods a day and 4-5 bottles a day of formula. I just don't understand with both of those foods why he would not gain? We are doing lab work but I need him to gain, any ideas?

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Dyan - posted on 05/27/2010

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Hi Rachel, sorry to hear that your child's dr would threaten you like that and scare you. I wonder about some doctors sometimes. It's hard to evaluate a small child in my opinion. I think as long as they're healthy that's all that matters. My dr would tell me the same thing about my daughter when she wasa little younger. She went to the dr one time and weighed about 18lbs and a couple months later she weighed the same. I told her she never sits still!!! She runs everywhere and climbs and dances and sometimes she doesn't want to eat and I'm not going to hold her down and force it down her throat. I told the dr if she wanted to come and spend a day in my house and see for herself. I was getting upset with her because I have very strong feelings about people that neglect their children in any way. I asked her, is Amy ok? Is she healthy? And the dr said yes but she was just conderned about her weight. I never understood that. I didn't know there was a special chart that every single baby has to be an exact weight at every week of their age. I mean come on! That's ridiculous. So she told me to bring Amy in one month later to check her weight again. When the day of the appt came, I cancelled it and took my daughter to the zoo! It was a beautiful summer day and I was not about to ruin it by sitting in a dr office while someone judged my daughter. I knew she was healthy. And now her weight is fine. I don't think it would hurt if she weighed another lb or two but again, I can't force it down her throat. So what I do now is I always have food out on the coffee table for her so she can see it and eat it here and there while she plays. Some days she won't eat because sh'e too busy playing and other days all she does is eat! So don't get discouraged if someone is telling you your son is underweight. Underweight compared to what? An overweight child? Well duhh! There would be obvious signs if there was something wrong. You would see it in his nails, his hair, his skin, his behavior and so on. Don't worry about it. He's healthy, he's happy and that's all that matters! Also, I started giving my daughter pediasure once in a while on days she doesn't eat so much. When he gets old enough maybe you might want to try that. Take care and don't let someone make you feel that you're doing something wrong

Samantha - posted on 05/27/2010

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I am on Babycenter.com, and I have heard that avocado is good for helping a baby to gain weight but stil a healthy food. puree it with water and spoon feed

Barb - posted on 05/27/2010

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ok, I didn't read any one else's response so I might be redundant, but I would worry. My son was always skinny - you said he weighs less than he was at 6 months, so he's what? 9 months? Think about it - he moves more, he probably crawls alot? Little boys tend to be movers. :) As long as he eats well and isn't sick alot I'm sure he's fine!

There are some pediatricians that think all babies should be fat, but that is absolutely false - my ped. specifically told me that some kids are just skinny by genetics and that is exactly what it sounds like to me. My son is the same - both my husband and I were little when we were, well, little and there was nothing wrong with us, either! I remember when my son Isaac was 12 months he measured at 5% of his wieght class and the nurse (who was obviously already having a bad day and I was the first appointment) looked at that and just said that I need to feed him more. ?? He ate practically anything so I said "I suppose I could feet him more meat...?"

He eats (and still does) about half of what I can eat!! that is a ton for a little guy, but he never stops moving!! He started walking at 11 1/2 months - of course he's gonna burn more of that weight off!, expecially for his 12 mo appointment! :) Good thing the doctor came in and checked and he said he was perfectly fine and healthy!!

If I were you I'd take him to a different doctor, get a second opinion. .Ask around to find what other mom's doctors are like and see if maybe theirs has a different take on this issue! Remember doctors are still people and can be wrong. This doesn't sound like a life and death matter. They shouldn't scare you like that. Sure it is good to do lab work, just in case, but to worry you over something silly like that... Sounds like their not very personable and are being too scientific minded - some doctors forget that medical science hasnt figured everything out yet and that alot of people that don't fall into thier "normal" category can't be perfectly healthy. It is rediculous.

Jodie - posted on 05/27/2010

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My youngest has always and will always be little for her age. Some kids are, as long as he is growing along th curvge of growth with height and weight, and all other areas are ok, then dont worry. Try not to add anything to his bottles, until he is old enough, as sometimes babies can choke, obviousely you are there, but just something to watch out for. Has anyone said he is below weight? Listen to your doctor and childhealth nurse. They will tell you if there is anything to worry about, but i think you seem to be doing a wonderful job. Food is a huge issue, I am still strugling to know if i give my girls the right amount. Remeber you are a good mum!

Amy - posted on 05/27/2010

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Beechnut oatmeal helped my son gain weight. The baby yogurt is good too!! At my son's 9 month appointment the pedi told me that for his length, his weight was low (in the 20th percentile). And the pedi started asking me how often I feed him and if he eats all of his bottle do I give him more or not, or if he wakes up in the middle of the night do I feed him and i'm like "OMG this guy thinks i'm starving my child!!". :-\
My husband is super skinny, and Kota is an exact copy of him (looks wise), so my guess is he'll be skinny too. Unless his weight starts affecting his health, we're not going to worry!

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Katty - posted on 05/27/2010

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its fine to put the frax into his milk bottle to help put on weight or to give a child who need more then just milk in thier diet i started doing it at a early stage in my sons life 3 and bit weeks as milk just was not filling him up and my son is now three and he eats really well he eats me out of house and home lol and he is a good weight for his age and is very healthy a friend of mine has a son who is very skinny he is now six but when he was two the drs told her to let him eat what ever he wants when ever he wants and he does but he never agains much weight good luck

Melissa - posted on 05/27/2010

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i had same problem. add a teaspoon of formula powder to his cereal and in his veggies! i also gave mine dessert an hour or 2 after dinner. as i did not want to fill him up too much during the day otherwise he would not have his next bottle. even though he wasn't cranky after dinner and didn't seem to want any food he was always content! but he still eats the dessert and a large amount too! try a mild cheese grated through veggies as well. it worked for me!

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2010

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As long as he is eating well and developing normally physically and mentally, then I would not worry. Both of my kids are very underweight for their height. My doctor said as long as they are regularly eating a variety of foods not to worry about it. As long as he is not losing weight, he is probably fine!! Good luck :)

Tanya - posted on 05/26/2010

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Hi there,

I wouldnt worry at all! my son is 9 months old and is a skinny lil man as well. Hes been that way since he was born. There isnt anything wrong with not having a really chubby baby, especially is he is starting to walk to crawling around and being active then he most likely will be a bit leaner. My little guy is a eating machine and probually eats double what a "normal" 9 month old should eat. All babies are different. You shouldnt let your doctor scare you as long as you know that you are feeding him when he is hungry and making sure hes getting adiquate nutrition then you shouldnt get worried. If you feel that he may need a bit more substance i would reccomend putting rice cereal in his bottles and try adding a snack between meals. Hope that helps!

Sara - posted on 05/26/2010

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My daughter is 34 pounds ,she eats everything at 9 months .i wouldnt go as far as putting butter in your babys food but they can pretty much eat anything at that age.My daughter eats many friuts and veggies as well as pork and chicken ,ground beef sometimes.
She loves jello and ,pudding ,rice cakes ,yogourt.u name it she will eat it.my daughter is breast fed as well as formula fed with a sippy cup of course.her doctor had to weigh us together and then just weigh me becouse my daughter is over the scale limit.she is a very healthy baby and her height is the same as her weight so no thinking she is a very fat baby.
Just give your baqby what you think he or she needs and the weight will come.the yogourt i buy is called lil ones ,u can get it at wal mart or sobeys ,iga ect ,its made with whole milk.that should put on a bit of weight for your little one .and its healthy ,no crap in it .just feed your little one off your plate as well as what he or she already eats .thats what my doc told me to do,and it worked.try it ,it couldnt hurt.

Kristy - posted on 05/26/2010

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I am really glad you arre doing lab work. My son has cystic fibrosis. He has a really hard time gaining weight too. When I read your post that was the first thing that came to my head. I am sure it will all turn out ok. You might want to try Pedisure. That definatly should help. Good luck and let me know if I can do anything else to help..

Stephanie - posted on 05/26/2010

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Add rice cereal to his baby foods not the bottle. And if he is moving around more and he's not a big gainer he is going to lose ounces. My daughter was the same way. She is 3 now and goes through a trend of gaining a lb. or 2 during the winter and in the past loses it if now more. She is only 28 lbs. now but in great health

Laressa - posted on 05/26/2010

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So thankful to hear that someone else is going thru the same thing! My 9 month old daughter has been a trial to get to gain since pretty much the day she was born. At 6 mo. she weighed 13 1/2 lb. I haven't had the heart to weigh her since. She is happy and healthy and very active. I just try to do my best to feed her what she wants and if she won't eat I try to not panic :-) She is still breast fed So people are always asking if I have enough milk, but she won't take formula, not even mixed with other food. Good Luck and remember none of us adults look the same either!

Eva - posted on 05/26/2010

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chubby baby doesn't always equal healthy baby. my LO has always been tall and slim. And might I add she hated rice cereal. she did better with oatmeal. I'd wait for the lab work and see if anything is wrong, Otherwise, if he's eating he'll grow and eating healthy he'll grow. And encourage activity for to build up thoes little muscles.

Nicole - posted on 05/26/2010

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I don't know if it would help or if you already do give him this but what about Egg yolks. Babies can't have whites until they are 1 but if you hard boil an egg, make sure it is really cooked and just pull out the yolk and give it to him my kids love it. Also maybe making your own baby food might be a better option. Get a baby food mill or a hand blender and make lots of meat and you can mix it with pasta and veges. You get a lot more nutrition from making your own food. As for the mixing cereal in their bottle I was doing it for awhile but was told by the nurse that it is dangerous cause if they are drinking really fast they can inhale some into their lungs causing a lung infections. I am not sure how likely that is but I didn't want to chance it.

Ashlie - posted on 05/26/2010

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how old is your LO now? My daughter is 2 and weighs 22 pounds, everyone on my side is small as well, the dr. was worried for a while but after blood work and other tests came back normal she concluded she is just skinny. I weighed 140 full term with her so she is just small. some kids are! tricks that I did, were, putting whipping cream in her milk, using butter and mayonase generously, and give her extra calories whereever i could find them, she was not much for eating, and always prefered fruits and veggies over starch, so i put peanut butter on everything I could, always check with yur dr. first of course. my mother has a horrible peanut allergy so, the first time we tried peanut butter i took some to the dr. just to make sure we had medical assistance. Also, there is a condition called "failure to thrive" look it up, if this is the case, your dr. may want to give your son suppliments. I know it is very frustrating. i've been in your shoes. I hope this helps. and I'll keep you in my prayers! :)

Heather - posted on 05/26/2010

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When kids hit about that age they are much more active and are not very interested in eating. Try giving mid day snack and try giving something other than formula like grape juice or apple juice. He also my be ready for more filling foods. i know you been giving him sold baby food but maybe something more for kids like grill cheese or paste (no sauce until 12 months). Whole fruit is good option cut into bite size pieces. ( no citrus till 12 months) also if your not involving him in family meal time now is the time to do it they eat more when everyone eats together.



PS my son is 21 months and weights 30+ lb.

Kristen - posted on 05/26/2010

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don't try to fatten him up!!!!!!

My son is a skinny little thing too....he weighed a mere 16 pounds at 1 year!! He is 7 now and still just as skinny as can be.

Remember that baby fat can easily turn into big-kid fat and that can be difficult on a child'd health. Start good easting habits and encouage them as he grows.

I know he is only 6 months right now, but I remember a weight loss with both my kids once they started sitting up, rolling over, and crawling....they are burning calories when they do these things.

If your pediatrician isn't concerned, you shouldn't be either. He may just be petite...some kids are just built this way!!

Jennifer - posted on 05/26/2010

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TRUE!!! Doctors have to act worried, people always are since they want the best for their children, and the truth is- as long as the child eats healthy fats: olive oil, avocado, peanut butter, milk, etc. HE'll be FINE. =)

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if he's eating good and is happy and healthy, then don't worry about it. my son has never been chubby a day in his life. in fact he stayed at the same weight for almost 3 years. he is now 4 and only weighs 38 pounds (20th percentile) and he's 42 inches tall. so he's just tall and skinny. if it runs in the family, don't stress over it.

Jennifer - posted on 05/26/2010

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Olive oil, real butter, avocado, the doctor may recommend Pediasure- mine did. It's mostly sugar so I didn't like it, but I know it works.

Jayne - posted on 05/26/2010

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My son had a similar problem at 8months he was very under weight he ate a lot of good food but sometimes there is not enough good fat in foods. I was told to add a little good quality olive oil to his dinner at night for a couple of weeks it kick started his systems and he is now a very healthy weight. Its very scary when they tell you that if they dont put weight on they will report you, I have a friend who is a nutritionist and she has helped alot cos there are a lot of things out there that have had all the fat removed (with out putting it on the packet) and thats great for us but kids need full fat foods everyday. Good luck with it hope it works out

Leanne - posted on 05/26/2010

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have you tried, steaming vegetables like swede, potato, sweet potato and carrots and then blending them to make your own puree food? how many bottles a day is the baby having?

Lisa - posted on 05/25/2010

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My daughter has always had weight gain problems. When she was 3 years old she only weighted 24 pounds. I was always concerned and my doctors thought I was just being paranoid. She is my third child so of course I knew there was something wrong. No one ever accused me of NOT feeding her, so I would definitely get a new doctor! I went to see a nutritionist who gave me a lot of helpful tips. Not only does she not eat, but when she does she is very picky. I myself did add a bit of rice cereal in my daughters bottle and she has not developed any bad eating habits, but I am sure that could not be said for all children. She is 6 now and weighs 38 pounds. I was over-joyed because she gained a half pound. I know that is it very scary and stressful to watch your child practically waste away. I at one time thought my daughter had "failure to thrive" syndrome. I remember her doctor giving her an antihistamine and for the life of me I cannot remember the name, but she was on it for 2 months and it worked like a charm! She gained 4 pounds! I was so excited. Unfortunately, she is ADHD and a lot of the medicines prescribed decrease her appetite, but we are battling through. I would look into a pediatric gastro (you may need a referral) and make sure there is not something going on in the inside. That is my next stop. We've been everywhere else and no one can give me an answer other than she has a heart murmur, which of course will not affect her weight. Check with a nutritionist as well. They can give you some healthy ideas for infants and for later on as he grows. Good Luck to you!

Kimberly - posted on 05/25/2010

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My son is failure to thrive at 2 1/2 he weighs only 21 lbs. He was only 17lbs at age 2. He did lose weight from appt to appt. sometimes. It was pretty much because he is quite a mover.
So I really wouldn't worry. We've done all kinds of tests to see what was wrong and seen all kinds of specialists... Endocrinologists, Gastrologists (sp?), and geneticists and currently he is seeing a nutritionist and a speech therapist for eating. He's come back all normal on all the tests except for his iron being a little low. He gets Polyvisol vitamin supplement. Also be careful with the rice and pediasure... they sometimes fill them up more so they aren't hungry. Make sure when you are feeding him solids before giving him formula. Add butter, oils, and lots of cheese, as these are good sources of calories. Also space meals out about 3 hours so he is more hungry. I know its crazy to think hey don't feed the child anything until 3 hours even though he is hungry. But a schedule like that will actually make him eat more.

When he gets closer to one and you are doing milk try adding carnation breakfast to his bottles about 3-4 tbs per 4-6 oz. It won't fill him up as much as pediasure but will give him the extra calories. The extra formula trick will help too.
Also when you get your new doctor talk about going to a nutritionist if you're worried.

now on the other hand my newborn is a porker and has already doubled his weight to 12 lbs in 3 months.

Hope that helps.

Audrey - posted on 05/25/2010

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rice!!! potatoes!! no seasoning but it really made my son blow up! loli def do think u should consider getting a new doctor.. kids go through their growth spurts. they grow length wise and width.. the doctor should know that!! maybe he was just simply growing and at the age they are mobile so naturally that would make em lose a little weight. i wouldnt worry about it.. as long as your baby is healthy then thats all that matters!!

Julie - posted on 05/25/2010

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My daughter is 2 1/2 3 in september. she weighs a wopping 23 pounds!! lol the doctors did a ton of test on her and never found anything!! They were always on my case about giving her as much calories as I could in her diet and I did as they told me. Finally at her 12 month check up the doctor just told me I had a patiete child and thats just the way it was and to continue to sneak as many calories into her diet as possible and I do!! Oh yeah when she was on formula they were having me put in an extra half to 3/4 of a scoop of formula!! its worth a shot!!

Esther - posted on 05/25/2010

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my son was at 75 percent up until he was one and then he dropped down to 25 % because he is so active. he is now 3 and is still at 25 % he eats more than most kids. now he is 3 he is starting to gain a lil.

Tasha - posted on 05/25/2010

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Take a deep breathe...Everyone always says my oldest son is too skinny he's now almost 6 years old. Your son looks just fine. On one hand your son's doctor is being cautious, and you'll have the results of the lab work. On the other hand, no two children gain weight or grow at the same rate. Hope you find all is well with your little boy. God bless :)

Alisha - posted on 05/25/2010

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How old is your baby? I wouldn't worry too much about it unless your doctor has told you it is a problem. Also, be careful overfeeding because the he could become too used to eating tons of food and become overweight.

Jillian - posted on 05/25/2010

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My 16 mo. old daughter is just not tipping into 18lbs. That is why I wanted to read what the ladies said about how to fatten them up... but he's not in any danger being at that weight. Just keep feeding him. and get your second opinion. The dr.'s office isn't perfect either. Mine measured my daughter's head and said it shrunk over a 3 month period... to which I replied... that doesn't happen, did YOU hear what you just said? She apologized and said they must have measured her head wrong at the previous visit.

Kristin - posted on 05/25/2010

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My first question is...In those months that your Son lost weight did he get sick, ear infection, stuffy nose etc. and Did he start crawling or walking? All of these can affect how much your child eats as well as burns the calorie intake. My Son who is now 6 years old, weighs only 42lbs. He does not have one ounce of fat on his body. He is pure muscle and has been that way since day 1. He never had the Chubby legs and cheeks. Both my Husband and I are of average heighth, but have small frames. Genetics play a role in your childs growth. Our Son began crawling at 5 months and was walking without assistance at about 8-8 1/2 months. Our Pedi said that as long as there are no signs of malnutrician, (Ribs showing, dark circles under the eyes, pore muscle tone, etc.) then our Son was fine. He did recomcommend at the age of 2 to introduce Pediasure for extra calorie intake. Since our Son is extremely active, and was probably burning more calories than he was taking in. Feed your Son as much veggies and cereal as he desires at each sitting and keep snacks with you at all times. I would also try Oatmeal ceral compared to Rice. Since it is hearty. As long as he is doing well with chewing/gumming his food. You can thin it out with the formula. Get a 2nd opinion from another Dr. Sometimes a Dr. doesn't always take in all factors when it comes to children. Your Son might just be grouped into a general idea of what a Baby should weigh. Good Luck.

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If your son is 9 months he can definitely be eating meats which are full of protein, right? So cut him up little bits of chicken or beef from whatever you make for yourselves and give it to your son. Protein helps to build muscle which weighs more than fat so maybe that will help you out.

Miranda - posted on 05/24/2010

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Wow! A .4 pound decrease in 3 months is NOT abnormal!!! This doctos has "issues", your child is very active at this age and she should know that! If the lab work comes back normal, I would seek out a new pediatrician IMMEDIATELY! It sounds to me like your child is eating just fine, and I wouldn't stress out about this unless there is a medical issue. As long as your gut tells you that you are doing the right thing than I am sure you are! When I introduced yogurt to my son he loved it, my pediatrician told me that cheese is good and if you want to whole milk is ok in small amounts ( if you are hesitant because he hasn't reached 12 months yet: that is what yogurt and cheese is made out of...) Good luck! You have a lot of people that are on your side! :)

Cassi - posted on 05/24/2010

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Sorry to hear about the Dr. But i had a simlar problem with mine also. From 6-9 months she gained no weight. The Dr. also told me that it was my fault and needed to be monitored. I decided that we were going to change Dr. The second one told me that since family genetics were small she would be too and that she was going to fallow her own curve. Shes healthy just skinny.

Kristina Yvonne - posted on 05/24/2010

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my son is 2yrs old now & he's skinny compared to how he was when he was younger but he never did weighed that much. sometimes im bothered because the people around me asks me if i feed him or not because he's small for his age. ive purely breastfed him since he was born up until he was 1yr and 6mos. now that he feeds through bottle, he can consume a 2kg can of powdered milk in just 11days and he eats solid foods too and still he doesnt gain that much weight. but he's so active though and he gets sick very rarely. i hope that some people will understand that it doesnt mean that if the kid is skinny, its not healthy anymore. but yeah, i would surely like to see him gain more weight.

Amanda - posted on 05/24/2010

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you know your son could just have a high matabolism.... if he eats as much as you say then thats probably what it is... and wow he lost 4 oz. in 3 months.... that is nothing, isn't like he lost a pound or two. that doc is stupid.

Lexi - posted on 05/24/2010

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I'm glad to see you are feeling better about things! I agree with all the others that recommended a new doctor. My mom had the doctor threaten the same thing when I was 6 months old but I was just going through a scrawny phase. 6 months later my doctor was nagging her because he thought I was too chunky!

CHERYL - posted on 05/24/2010

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My daughter was 2 months early and weighed 4.10lbs, she had severe reflux, yet still gained weight very well. So imagine my surprise when my son who was 8.8lbs at birth, stopped gaining normally at 6 months, by the time he was one I was very worried. But his doctor insisted that he was fine. He was in the 97% in height and below the 5% in weight. But he had stayed steadily in those percents from the time he was 6 months till 18 months. You could see each vertebrae. I was considering specialists when at his 18 month checkup he had dropped to the 75% in height. That is when the doctor decided to do tests. They ran a metabolic panel to make sure he was getting enough nutrients, tested for celiac disease, cystic fibrous, polycystic kidney disease, and reflux. Everything came back normal. Now at 5 years old he is only 33 pounds and 44 inches, while most kids in his class are 50+. Height wise he is about average if not a little tall. But he is acts just like them, keeps up with them, and gets sick a lot less often. So the only real issue we are having now is making sure that all pants have adjustable waist. Good luck! Have the doctor do tests to alleviate your mind if nothing else. Just get a new doctor first!

Christin - posted on 05/24/2010

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do not worry my older two were old 17 and 18 lbs at a yr old so no worries. They gained most between two and three yr when they slowed down. At 3 and 4yr now they are 24 and 34 lbs respectively. Do not worry. A nurse came for my son (3yr old) too and could not find anything wrong. If you are doing nothing wrong then you have nothing to worry about. So don't worry!

Tabatha - posted on 05/24/2010

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My nephew has always been skinny.. hes 22 pounds and 3 years old, but he was also a low birth weight baby.. 3 pounds 12 ounces, but the doc told us to put veg. oil in his bottle. just a little bit.

Catherine - posted on 05/24/2010

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Just a quick question to start... Have you had his iron levels checked??? from about 6 months babies have used up all the iron they get during pregnancy and they sometimes don't get enough from the baby food or formula for there needs and they become a bit anemic which stops the nutrients from being carried around the body properly.

If your child is happy, healthy, active and meeting the milestones at the approximate age they are supposed to then I wouldn't worry too much. My daughter is just over 2 and isn't much heavier or taller then your son (19 pd and 31 inches which is a good weight for her height) she is the size of a 1 yr old, she is happy and healthy, you can't keep her still. I have also had trouble getting her to grow and keep weight on. A few things that were suggested to me when she was about his age have already been mentioned, (butter, avocado, yoghurt) you can also try banana, cheese (block cheese is better then procesed) you can try pediasure or try putting him on full cream milk not as his main drink but as an extra with meals but check with a dr first and start adding it slowly or watered down and in small amounts untill you know that they aren't going to react and slowly increase the amounts and decrease the water but be careful to make sure that it doesn't replace other food in their diet.

It also couldn't hurt to have his sugar levels checked, particularly if u feel he is sleeping a bit more or longer then you think he should.

I hope that everything is going ok.

Gemma - posted on 05/24/2010

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My son is skinny too. At his yearly check up she said they either go one way or the other. Ty was skinny but not under weight. She told me to give him blocks of cheese. I was told to give him anything he wants and see if he puts it on. he hasnt put alot on if im honest but hes soooo active its not really a suprise. That and he wont eat cheese. xx

Crystal - posted on 05/23/2010

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Hey everyone im new to this!Just thought id jmp in cause This is something im going thru as well,my daughter is 7 months and weighs 12Lb. 4oz and is 24in. I feed her and she eats just fine and likes alot of baby foods for her stage and to me she seems like shes getting bigger and i can tell,so can others,but her weight is the same,the doc says shes tiny too but im only 4'11" and used to weigh 105lbs (before kids) i "was" little and they got me to go get blood work done for the both of my kids and my sons results were fine;they thought he was anemic cause hes 33Lb at 3 and is 36 in.past his Height for his age,and my daughters results came out fine aswell.but they also got me going to a specialist for her,but i know she fine!!!They said they just wanna see if shes fine,which is kinda a good thing cause my doc has a pediatric and i think shes better than the regular doc n pretty cool.but she even said she looks fine and knows shes fine they just wanna "be sure".Sorry Racheal but your son looks healthy as can be!!!Hope you get a new doc soon ")

Annette - posted on 05/23/2010

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I personally started giving my daughter cereal in her bottle at night when she was about 3 months or so. So my advice to us start introducing soft foods like eggs, mashed potatoes, smashed peas, adding cereal to his night time bottle. I would say up to the 2 oz line make a slit in the nipple to make sure he is getting it. My daughter's dr said that she could eat anything I ate. Just make sure they are small enough that he doesn't choke. My daughter is close to 20 lbs now and is 8 months old now. Good luck to u, hope everything comes out well for u.

Elysia - posted on 05/23/2010

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my son was a very big baby born but that didnt last, he had dropped to the 5th percentil in his weight chart and my child nurse was getting very concerned but it wasnt due to lack of eating he was eating cereal for breakfast a jar of fruit and a jar of custard for lunch, a jar of veggies for diiner and another jar of custard as well as at least 6 breastfeeds a day. some babies just arent meant to be chunky and if hes active he is ovbiously using what he is putting in.

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I wouldn't be sticking too much to the jars of food. Let bub eat just about anything you eat (excluding the dangerous/alergenic foods of course). Toast with butter on it, meat, sausages, hot chips, mashed potato with butter and milk or cream in it, spaghetti bolognaise, etc. A friend of mine has a skinny baby and the paediatrictian has told her that this is what she should do. It's working, he put on 400 grams in a week and a half when he was only putting on about 15-50 grams a week before that.

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My daughter turns 3 in 3 months she is 33 1/2 in tall and only weighs 22lbs 11 oz. She is tiny. She has seen so many doctors and at almost 3 is still "failure to thrive". Maybe you should ask your doctor to see a nurtitionist. The nutritionist will count up all the calories that he is eating and give you advice on more calories for his age. There is some yogurt for babies in the refigerated section you can try. Giving him more snacks. Sometimes babies loose weight or gain slowly (both on behalf of my daughter).
Maybe start listening to him breath at night, how he sleeps. It ended up that my daughter has severe sleep apnea which is the reason she isnt growing like she should. Do some research on sleep apnea. Good Luck!

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From your picture your son looks long for 9 months and many babies are generally leaner if taller and genetics will play a part too.I think if your son is eating and having 4-5 bottles a day thats brilliant,my second isn't an eater but will have 2-3 bottles a day.She was 16lbs at 9 mths a little under but the health nurse said one look its clear to see shes so healthy but small as i am at 4foot 11 and of slim build.Your son looks very healthy and happy and could have a spurt in the next few months.At 6 mths to 9mths he could of been more active maybe thats why hes a bit smaller in weight now.I wouldnt worry to much if hes eating and keeping it down,active and happy hes FINE.:-)



My daughter is 17mths now 22lbs and 77cm long.She had such a growth spurt from 12mths compared to how slow her growth was from birth at 6lbs 50z to 11-12mths.Then she just shot up and put the biggest weight of 6lbs from 8mths to 13mths on and shes remained 22lbs since but shes very active now even more so than before with the walking and running around.

Melissa - posted on 05/23/2010

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also if he is 9 months now you can start giving him food from your meals. less meals that are larger portions might help if he will eat more in one sitting might help you be able to have some kind of life other then preparing food then feeding him then preparing food then feeding.lol

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i would talk to your childs dr. and see what they say if they are concerned they might have you add butter to the food but i think that is a last resort, maybe try mixing baby rice or baby oatmeal in with the stage 2 foods or if he chews try giving him stage 3 even without teeth he should still be able to mash it enough with his gums and for a snack you could give him a half slice of toast.

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Yogurt. You can even add jello mix to yogurt. My daughter is really underweight, she's not even on the chart. She's eating pancakes with syrup, ground beef, cream cheese on bagels, and pasta to raise her calorie intake. Also you can add butter to vegetables and other meals for your baby. My baby is 10 months and only weighs 15 lbs. Your baby is 17 lbs though and is well within that weight chart. Definitely change doctors because that's crazy. It's normal for their way to stay pretty even as well because he's more active from crawling & cruising

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u can increase his calory intak with the formuls not to much max u wat to give is 30 cals an oz for 5oz water add 4 scoops consult your doc 1st

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my daughter is on rice cerial and formula as well as breast milk,she is now 9 months and 34 pounds.she gained alot during the lastfew months.All babies will lose some before the gain.
If your baby is old enough to have banana or yogourt in the cerial theen that will help.if not your baby will start to gain with what he or she is eating.

Crystal - posted on 05/22/2010

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my daughter is 22 months old and only 20 lbs. The dr's say she is healthy and all babies are different. I did buy a baby scale to keep an eye on her at home and this website is great for keeping track of caloric intake - http://caloriecount.about.com/

But over all she is fine! just tiny :)

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