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My 17 months old LG only weighs 19.4 lbs :-(

Loris - posted on 07/28/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )

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she is always being under weight, and I don't know what else to do...she eats and drinks all day long. sometimes I am ok with it and sometimes I feel depressed!

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Chelsea - posted on 09/05/2011

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I have two kids that were/ are under weight. My first one is now turning 5 and she only weighs 32lbs. Then my baby girl is 16mos and only weighs 18. My dear if your a small person, or maybe dad its likely they will be also. I am only 4'11 and before I had kids at 19 I was only 90lbs. I have been considered under weight my entire life. Then my husband is 6'3 and about 200lbs. Neither of us at at the weight we should be according to drs, but what can you do. Neither of us are real active, but we do try to eat healthy.
They wanted us to take the girls and have them checked because they thought something was wrong with them. The thing is the parents are under weight sop what do they expect, but that the kids are just following us.
So look at you, her dad and then go from there. Everyone is different, as long as she isnt losing she is fine. Dont worry yourself to death over this.

Caitlin - posted on 08/13/2011

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I don't agree with adding a ton of extra fat to a kids diet unles sit is recommended by a doctor. My first daughter was 3% for weight and 80% for height for the longest time, but it stayed steady, she was always on her growth curve and she ate fine, had a good energy level so there was nothign to worry about. We kept a closer eye on her for sure, but I wasn't shoving butter in her milk to fatten her up, it was just the way she grew.. Now she is still 80% for height, but has gone up to 30%in weight and she's almost 3. She's just tall and skinny.

My second on the other hand is like the complete opposite. She's really petite (now idea where she got THAT from) but regularly eats more in a meal than I will, and finishes off the leftovers rfom her sisters plate on top of it all. She is almost 17 months old and weighs about 20 pounds still, but she is shorter.

All in all, I feel that if your child is eating fine, has a good energy level and is generally a happy kid, than adding extra fats to their diet to fatten them up is a REALLY bad idea without being advised to do so due to medical concerns. We really wonder how so many kids are fat? Maybe it's because we shower them in sweets and fats from day 1..

(sorry to sound judgemental and all, everyone is different of course, but I think people put WAY too much emphasis on weight. Unless your kid has a resricted diet due to medical conditions, EXTREMELY picky eating or severe allergies or intolerences, they shouldn't really be lacking anything unless you feed them chips all day.)

Erin - posted on 09/05/2011

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My daughter is 19 months and maybe weighs 20ish pounds. Am I worried? NO! My daughter eats like a teenage boy and runs it all off. She wears me out with how active she is! lol

If your daughter is active, and moves around a lot, that could also explain why she's a skinny minny. =)

Pam - posted on 08/12/2011

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My son is 18 months and still only weighs around 20 lbs. He has been like that since February, going to see a nutritionist as he has become a picky eater especially when he is teething... the last of his teeth are coming in and he has reverted back to babyfood so he doesn't have to chew. Adding butter and cream to foods helps as does pediasure and lots of milk. Otherwise he is perfectly fine, no real concerns. He is about 5% for weight and 15% for height. I am not overly concerned, but my husband is so paranoid and gets easily frustrated with mealtimes.
Hopefully when the molars are done coming through his weight will pick up... fingers crossed.

Seline - posted on 08/07/2011

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My daughter is 18mos and 18lbs. She has been getting better since I started her on toddler formula and I try to give her lots of eggs (scrambled) and custards made with toddler formula. Our Plunket nurse (I live in NZ) thought low iron might be the issue. Eggs and toddler formula have lots of iron. Good luck!

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Fahd - posted on 09/09/2011

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Each kid is different, and as long as her doctor isn't alarmed, then she's fine. As a parent, it's normal to be concerned for her, but as long as she's eating and being well hydrated, than all is well. My 17 month old son is the same and very active so that might be the other thing to consider. I feed him alot of fruits & veggies, and a malt drink called Milo which have milk in it. At her own time, she'll add weight.

Diann - posted on 09/04/2011

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Are the drs worried? My daughter just hit 19 lbs 4 oz - she will be 2 on the 17th. We were referred to Children's for failure to thrive at 21 months, 17 lbs 4 oz. We go for weight checks every other week, she is on a 3 hour feeding schedule, pediasure only and at the end of meals, limit meal times to no more than 30 minutes, she's on a med to increase appetite, referred to a behavior therapist, almost every test under the sun has been done (one more the 26th), they've talked feeding tube. I'm not as concerned as the drs - I didn't hit 20 lbs until I was 2 and her sister was 21 lbs at 2.

until the drs start worrying, probably not a big worry. If she is hitting milestones and her growth curve is not going down, she's most likely just fine!

Jess - posted on 08/31/2011

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im not sure who you're comparing to but in NZ thats sill on the weight chart line its low but they dont worry unless its off. my cousins girl was the same and now shes two shes the same size as my 16 month old but shes a little girl and hes a giant boy. try not to worry you do your best.

Jennifer - posted on 08/30/2011

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Dont worry about it. I have the same problem. My LG is 17 mo also and only weight 19.0 even. She eats like a little piggy and alaways is drinking something but just doent gain. Hang in there I know both of them will grow up strong and beautiful.

Christina - posted on 08/26/2011

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My daughter was always tall and chubby (90% on both)until about 6 months then she kept getting taller but not gaining any weight. Her weight fell down under 10% for a while but her height was still at 90%. Huge difference. Her dr begun to get a little worried for a while but then at her 15month check up she started gaining weight a little again. As long as she isn't 'losing' weight her dr was 'ok' with it. (for a while she lost quite a bit) They want them to follow a growth curve! Even if it's one of their own! Now that my daughter is skinnier then most kiddos, esp ones her height. She is still healthy though because she is gaining weight! I wouldn't worry! If they are gaining then stop and stay the same and then gain again they are healthy! Her dr also said that it is VERY common for toddlers to stop gaining weight and stay the same when they learn to walk and for a bit after. Just because they are to busy to eat and they are burning of many more calories! My kiddo also eats a TON! More then me! Consider them lucky if they keep thier high metabolisms! Dont stress unless your dr says to! I used to but there is no need!

Caitlin - posted on 08/18/2011

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I wasn't saying put your kid ona low fat diet, but adding butter to their milk and putting whipped cream on everything is asking for REALLY bad things later on. Making sure they get some full fat yogurt and cheese usually sufficient. You shouldn't judge if your kid is getting enough fat in their diet by how heavy they are, because if a child has a faster metabolism, the fat that they take in still does it's benefits, it just doesn't make them gain as much weight. That's all I was saying - some of these responses were a tad over the top in the adding of fats.

I was also in contact with a nutritionist with my first, because she has HUGE dietary issues due to having so many food allergies, and even I didn't have to add fats to everything. She's just tall, like I was.

Kathi - posted on 08/18/2011

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Caitlin, I just wanted to address your comment on added fat quickly. The nutritionist I worked with said that fat is very important for brain development for young kids, so she encouraged more nutritional added fat. That means, fat added to regular meals or normal foods. We, for example, add olive oil to pasta, butter to rice, and buy high fat yogurt. Her judgment was that the most heart unhealthy activity was limiting fruits and vegetables as a balance to that fat. She also definitely didn't advise adding fat by adding empty calories like plain high-fat crackers. She didn't mind crackers, but suggested something like low-salt Ritz with full fat cream cheese on top. Fat is an essential ingredient for good brain development, so for my skinny guy, I don't mind adding a little bit as long as it fits into an overall healthy diet.

Leslie - posted on 08/06/2011

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My daughter weighs exactly the same and is perfectly healthy &has a great appetite. She's been on the small side since birth & the doctors have never worried because that's how I was & my husband isn't a big guy either. I wouldn't worry unless your dr. shows concern. :)

Kathi - posted on 08/06/2011

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Mine, too. The nutritionist advised adding lots of fat to his diet and it seems to be working. We feed him yogurt with the most fat we could find and put butter, oil, or whipping cream on most of what we serve him. Good luck!

Denise - posted on 08/06/2011

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We just started giving his pediasure every other day. Not a ton and after he has his milk.

Andrea - posted on 08/05/2011

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my lo is 19lbs 8oz and is 18mo old...5% for weight and 50% for height. They are watching to see what happens but aren't overly concerned!

Racheal - posted on 08/05/2011

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it also depends on height too...if they r shorter they are going to weigh less. just remember every child is different and as long as she's gaining weight and not losing I wouldn't worry

Denise - posted on 08/03/2011

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My son is 18 mths and only 20 lbs. We just went to the doctor and other than him being a little underweight he is fine. Hes very active and a picky eater. Were supposed to give him more fattening healthy things.

Loris - posted on 08/03/2011

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I will try it Meghan, always wanted to! I know I can find it here! so I will def get it!

Meghan - posted on 08/03/2011

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my daughter was really underweight too and I started giving her pediasure..it definitely helps put weight on. my daughter is still underweight,but at least gaining slowly

Loris - posted on 08/01/2011

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We did all sort of tests, and we didn't find anything, at one stage she got very sick when she was like 6 months, infections, bacterias, she lost weights, but now she is fine, she eats ok, and drinks, I put butter in her milk, and polycose (doctor's order) she is healthy and a happy child! But I sometimes worry because she gain weigh so slowly!

Rachel - posted on 07/31/2011

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My daughter is the same way. We started giving her a drink called carnation instant breakfast in her milk and that way she can atleast maintain her weight. She is now almost 18 months old in 3 days and is still only about 19.6lbs she eats and drinks but is just tiny. Now her cousin who is 7 months younger than her is as tall as her and weighs more. Each kid is different as long as she isnt losing weight I wouldnt worry.

Hayley - posted on 07/31/2011

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my daughter is exactly the same she is 17 months and only weighs 18.2lb she has been seen by doctors and ive been seen by social services coz they thought i was starving her but she eats all day long and no one could find anything wrong so dont worry every baby is different :)

Melly - posted on 07/30/2011

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All people are different, that could just be how she is.
If she is losing weight and not putting it on I would be concerend, but as long as she is growing (at her own rate) then i wouldnt be worried. Is her doctor concerned at all?

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