My daughter is under weight should i be worried?

Danielle - posted on 06/02/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 14months. shes two lines under on her health chart. she has her 3 meals aday and bits and pieces in between. her meals are little as she wont eat big amounts at one stage, and wastes alot of food, i could be sitting there an hour feeding her, her dinner and only manage to get half of her dinner down her until she starts spitting it out and not wanting anymore! shes a very happy little girl, how could i fatten her up abit??? and get her to eat more???

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Crystal - posted on 06/14/2010

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I wouldn't worry about it my son was the same way and they said he had an fast metabalism and he's now 6 and only weighting 42 pounds so i know where your coming from but as long as shes eating there isn't anything to worry about but you can try the pedisure drinks they seem to help with the weight gain or you can try a spoon of peanut butter a day thats what they told me to do for my son

Christine - posted on 06/04/2010

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My daughter (who is 5 years old now and in the 10% for her weight) was the same way. I even had the doctor accuse me at her 18 months appt of starving her. I said to hell with him. YOU are her mother. Look at her. If she is happy, not getting sick an abnormal amount, or refusing to eat at all, then don't worry about it. Kids are not programmed to overeat like adults. If she says she is done, then she is done. Don't force the issue or you could potentially make her an overeater later on in life.

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Philomena - posted on 09/26/2012

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Hi my daughter is under weight to I'm really worried she 8 years off age and has been diagnosed with adhd since may she has lost half stone iam trying get her weight back up but don't know what to give her I ve started to keep a food diary now but there only problem is she won't eat vegables is there anyone that can give me advice please

Dominique - posted on 06/14/2010

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my baby is a month away from being 1 and is about 16 lbs and 7 oz. but i'm 25 and am 107 lbs, her dad is almost 35 and is 175 lbs. it all depends on the parents. my daughter has been underweight since she was 6 months old. i've been feeding her solids since she was 6 months old. she eats alot of postas and cheese and meat. she drinks whole milk and still can't fit her 12 month clothes by the waist. but she's healthy, happy, active and sleeps through the night. don't worry about it, chances are you just have a slim baby.

Tara - posted on 06/05/2010

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I think it depends on your Dr and what they think. My son was born 2 months early and he didnt hit the chart till his second birthday. I figure as long as they are eating they should be fine but I am no Dr. I hope this helps. I have heard eggs will fatten kids up and choclate milk is what the Dr had us give our son for a little while to put weight on him. I have also heard kids grow the most at night so feed her right before she goes to bed like a pb&j or something like that.

Erin - posted on 06/05/2010

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I know how you feel I was right where you are at once, and even though my son is 6 he is still under weight. I was told by the doctor that he will eat when he is ready and not to force him or he will develop a very bad eating habit as he gets older. My in laws use to tell my son to eat a little bit and he could have a cup cake or ice cream and that was the worst habit I ever had to break cause he would only eat one item and turn to me and demand me to get him candy. So sweets are a very bad idea. Kevin is very active and has a very high matabalizum. Hes only 39 lbs. now but they say hes healthy, so no worries unless they say she isnt very healthy. Some kids just dont grow until they get older. My sister was a size 3 forever and didn't gain any weight until so was about 20 now shes 34 and I dont think shes even any where near my size but she is healthy.

Beverly Bunny L - posted on 06/04/2010

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instead of feeding her 3 meals a day, feed her 6 small snack sized meals. this is common for her age, as she is trying to find out what she likes and dislikes. just try new and healthy foods, and you might find out that feeding time will be a breeze

Crystal - posted on 06/04/2010

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no i wouldn't be worried all that means is she has a fast matabalism my middle son is fixing to be 7 and only weights 42 pounds but he has always been small and they said he just has a fast matabalism but if your that conserned you can give her a spoon of peanut butter a day and it helps them put on weight

Angelica - posted on 06/04/2010

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If your pediatricion is not worried dont be. don't give her sweets to fatten her up try 6 small meals instead of 3 regular ones. my son if under wieght and eats enough to feed the family LOL its just a high metabolism.

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well every child is different, my son is the same way, but as long as she eating there shouldn't be a problem, As for what I hear from my friends that has kids, they eat and play, eat, play.. I say as long as she eat that great.. or you take her to the doctor and see what they say.

Meg - posted on 06/03/2010

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it depends on what you are feeding her and if she likes it.what kind of brand of food are you feeding her.no she is not under weight.my daughter is going to be 6 in july and she ways 43.5 lb

Melissa - posted on 06/03/2010

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my daughter is 3 and weights just at 30lbs and 38 inches tall and can still fit into 18month bottoms. Her doctor is not and never has been worried about her weight. She is very healthy and active and eats some days more than I do lol. my husband is in a 29 inch waist for jeans and my mom used to have to wear baby doll clothes when she was a baby so I'm not honestly worried about her smallness. Kids are different and grow different. be happy shes not really over weight like the majority of kids are now a days. Just make sure she eats all her servings or close to it of healthy food and I wouldn't worry

Jessy - posted on 06/03/2010

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dont be worried my son who is 2 1/2 has always been under his health chart. has long as shes eating and drinking shes okay! if you or her dad are little that plays a big part in it. my husband is little weight and im little height! have her eat little meals though out the day!!

Charlene - posted on 06/03/2010

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Feeding cookies and cake is not the way to fatten up a baby. The sugar will do much more harm than good.

Danielle, if your daughter is happy, active, sleeps well for her age then I wouldn't worry. Some kids are just small, my daughter included. She'll eat hardly anything for a day or two then she'll eat almost everything in sight. I don't force her to eat. A child will not let themselves starve. I do try to get her to eat "good fats" like whole grain pasta, whole wheat bread, peanut butter (check with pediatrician first because of allergy reasons), avocado or guacamole, bananas, whole milk etc. But it's not something I stress over. Please don't resort to "junk" just for the sake of getting her to gain a few pounds.

Anna - posted on 06/02/2010

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hi!! my daughter is 4 and has always been under on her weight, her sister who is 19months, weighs as much as zara does but there heathy.zara eats not as much as id like some times.if your happy with her and what she is eating let it be she just may not be a big eater..but if you aren't happy talk to a doctor and see what they say is a good meal plan...

Anna - posted on 06/02/2010

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as long as she's eatting and you're not taking food away from her it's really no problem it would probably her metabolism or how active she is

Ashley - posted on 06/02/2010

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Maybe you could keep healthy snacks available to her all day. And maybe try giving her only a little to drink while she's eating, and save most of her drink for afterwards. Also, don't give her juice. It can kill her appetite and make her only want sweeter things.

Jehan - posted on 06/02/2010

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Haha, I wouldn't worry too much. My baby is just now 19 lbs and he's 16 months old. My oldest was so skinny that the doctor said he would be considered undernourished if he weighed any less. And the doctor hasn't worried about it since.

Shanna - posted on 06/02/2010

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Her weight and height seems to be ok i wouldn't worry about it especially since she is tall. my oldest was really tall and under weight(going to be 4 and weighs 32# (weighed just recently) and height at 3 was 41", my youngest 16 months today is average height and underweight. but they both eat and are active and i wouldn't stress over it unless your dr. is really concerned but you need to look at height if she is over average for height and under weight that is usually right. don't fret just feed her healthy meals!

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Actually, she sounds very healthy! My 2 year old is 23 pounds. If I remember correctly, she was about your daughter's weight at 14-15 months. I remember that because we didn't put her in the 20 pound car seat until she was 15 months old. Some kids are just smaller than others, but just as healthy. And yes, genetics will play a role.

Danielle - posted on 06/02/2010

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i got her weighted about 2weeks ago and she weight 19lb 2oz. she does sleep well, she gets up once during the night for a milk bottle then goes back to sleep, she is active, she never moans unless shes tired. i went to the health vistor and she told me to write down everything i give her everyday for a whole week, which i done, and all she said was gives her foods like, jacket pototo, mash and things like that, but the thing is i have always given her food like that, and nothing changed. i am 9 stone and 5foot 3 and her dad is a big build but 6foot 2, summer is tall for her age, she a line over on her graph. maybe its to do with me and her dad, being our build and frame???

Jehan - posted on 06/02/2010

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Also agree with Sara - Junk food is not a healthy way of feeding kids. What they eat now will contribute to future health or disease. Ask your pediatrician or consult a nutritionist for healthy food choices.

Jehan - posted on 06/02/2010

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Both of my children are underweight. I was always considered underweight. Your pediatrician will tell you if you need to be worried. He/she will have suggestions if they are worried. My boys have had many tests, but everything comes back normal. The Doc just says"They take after Mom!". Sometimes it's just the way God made them. We have been told by pediatrician to only give whole milk to our kids. No low-fat stuff. And we aren't supposed to deny them second helpings (the boys hardly ever ask for seconds, but if they do...) If you find a way to plump her up, let me know! I have the same problem!

Erin - posted on 06/02/2010

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is your dr worried? ih not than i would worry either, children grow at different rates...just continue to offer her snacks through out the day. speak to your dr and see what they say, if its truly a worry then they will help you decide the best path to take regarding her diet. you could also ask to be referred to a dietitian. good luck!

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Feeding cookies and cake is not the way to fatten up a baby. The sugar will do much more harm than good.



Danielle, if your daughter is happy, active, sleeps well for her age then I wouldn't worry. Some kids are just small, my daughter included. She'll eat hardly anything for a day or two then she'll eat almost everything in sight. I don't force her to eat. A child will not let themselves starve. I do try to get her to eat "good fats" like whole grain pasta, whole wheat bread, peanut butter (check with pediatrician first because of allergy reasons), avocado or guacamole, bananas, whole milk etc. But it's not something I stress over. Please don't resort to "junk" just for the sake of getting her to gain a few pounds.

Sarah - posted on 06/02/2010

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How much does she wiegh? I think it's ok, as long as her dr isn't worried. Lil kids have very small stomaches so they cant eat alot in one sitting. I used to get frustrated about it too. If you still are a little uneasy about it. You can try what i did with my son. I started giving him vitamins once a day and giving him pediasure in the mornings. He's 2 1/2 now and still gets those

Kodi - posted on 06/02/2010

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My daughter is uder weight too. But my daughter is long and she eat all the time. I let my little one eat alot of cookie and cake, and fat food beside her three meals aday.

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