My son's pediatrian said that he is under weight. He is 9 months and his height is 28 inches with weight 17 pounds. The kid can eat anything what do I do?

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Tish - posted on 04/17/2009

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some kids are just alittle on the smaller side. I have a 15 month old daughter she is 30 inches tall and 18 pounds. As long as he is eating well, and no other health issues i think he is just fine. My doctor told me some kids are just small and will be that way and may at some point pack on the pounds but if not then not. Dont worry to much about it.

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Chrystina - posted on 04/22/2009

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Personally I wouldn't worry. If he is healthy and active he is fine. All of my kids were small. My girls didn't weigh 18 lbs till they were 2. The drs called it failer to thrive till they looked at them and said they were perfectly healthy. Now they just make sure they are eating good foods and active.

Marysa - posted on 04/20/2009

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My daughter is the same way. She just turned 2, and she weighs less than 25 lbs. She is a grazer. Her doc said she was a little underweight too but i figure she will let me know when she is hungry. I would just let him eat whenever he wants, and try to offer foods that will expand and fill them up. i have also found that if i start the day off with a decent size meal and get her metabolism going that she eats more during the day.

Jessica - posted on 04/20/2009

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If you are that worried about it just let him eat when he wants and what he wants but be reasonable about ya know not a lot of junk food or anything. Maybe he could gain a couple pounds and that would make the doctor and you feel better about it!

Jennifer - posted on 04/18/2009

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My son, now 2 had weight issues also. We put him on a high calorie diet...grahm crackers, ice cream, cheese. I'm sure you can get a list from your doctor.

Carol - posted on 04/18/2009

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hey... I have the same issue to because my son is 2 years old and he is under weight and was diagnose with failure to thrive. He is happy, talking, running than ever but I wish that he is heavier. Dont worry!! Try a high calorie diet and pediasure.

April - posted on 04/18/2009

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How much did he weigh at birth? Babies are typically doubled their birth weight by 6 months and tripled by 1 year. This is the trend that pediatricians go by. My daughter was also under weight and my pediatrician suggested to give her a supplement of PediaSure which worked well- you can buy it in the baby aisle at Target.

Nikki - posted on 04/18/2009

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I don't think that is under weight at all! I have a cousin who's son was 17 pounds at 9 months also. As long as he is still eating ok you are fine..YOU know your child!

User - posted on 04/18/2009

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hi i wouldn't worry either.my daughter is 11months old and is only 17lbs 14oz.teh health visitor who weighed her said it's nothing to worry about if she is eating normally and still having milk cos she is crawling around and very active.if you feel your son is healthy and don't have any concerns with his eating habits then don't let the doctors scare you with saying he is underweight.i got worried with my son cos he only weighed 15lbs at 1yr but he was prem so the h.v who worried me was just stupid!

Sarah - posted on 04/18/2009

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My daughter is 11 months & is only almost 17 pounds. She was born 6 weeks early and her doctor said that she is growing normally. 17 pounds at 9 months sounds good to me =] I wouldn't worry if your son is continually gaining.

Felicity - posted on 04/18/2009

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When my daughter was teething she went off her food so when she got weighed one week she dropped in weight. Me and my partner all week were worrying and we just persisted and persisted feeding her dinner and yogurts. The following week she was over the line and was told to cut down. Its hard to find a balance.
We've believe she is far cleverer than us and will take what she wants, in the end every baby is different and its hard to keep her weight bang on the correct weight line

Amber - posted on 04/17/2009

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I can relate, my son is 11 months old and only 18 lbs. A month ago the ped ran all sorts of tests including for cystic fibrosis which scared the heck out of me. Any how my son is completely healthy and all of the tests came back negative. He has gainedone pound in 3 weeks, so he is finally starting to gain weight, before sometimes it was 2 months for 1 lb. The doc even had me do a food diary for the dietician and big suprise, I was feeding him enough. Really, he is my 3rd child, you would think that I know what I am doing. My doctor says everything is fine, but the ped I was referred to wants to monitor everything and do more tests. At first when I was referred to him, I thought it was great, he is a well respected, published author, but now he just drives me nuts and the nurses tell me he is an alarmist, and that my son is fine. I would say as long as he has not ever lost weight, and is eating and playing happily, he is healthy. I hope all these other stories about "underweight" babies helps give you peace of mind. I just tell everybody that Aaron is staying small because he knows he is my last baby and wants to make sure I enjoy the little things.

Kristy - posted on 04/17/2009

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I agree with Lisa!! My daughter is almost 3 and 87 cm (which is average) but only 27.5 lbs. She eats all her veggies and has tons of milk and PB and J sandwiches, but she is still considered underweight. Remember too, that this country has an obesity issue and that the average now (the 50% mark) is probably higher than it used to be. I wouldn't worry as long as he seems healthy... (That's what the health nurse here said to me anwyay)

Schollin - posted on 04/17/2009

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My son was right at that weight when he was that age and my doctor said he was fine he weighs 29 lbs now and will be 2 tommorow I dont see how thats underweight unless hes tall for his age but as long as hes eating and healthy I dont see the problem.

Tish - posted on 04/17/2009

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my daughter was the same way, she is now 2.5 and doing geat. My doctor scared me by telling me that my daughter was underweight, but kids grow at differant rates, and they all end up being a healthy weight soon enough. Don't get too freaked out by your doctor, your kids going to be fine. As long as he is gaining, even slowly its OK

Amy - posted on 04/17/2009

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My daughter is 1yr and she is just 17 pounds now so i understand she eats nething and still is tiny! but dont worry my doc says as long as they are healthy and happy she will be ok! dont stress!

Brooke - posted on 04/17/2009

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My daughter was only 19 lbs. at 15 months. She's always been in the 5 %.....my ped. also tells me she's fine. She will be 5 in August and weighs maybe 37 lbs. ( my 2 year old son weighs like 5-6 lbs. less...funny) My husband and I aren't huge people, so I think genetics play a huge role.

Nicole - posted on 04/17/2009

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There is probably nothing wrong with your son...I agree with everyone else, as long as he is eating then he is fine. My son is 10 months and only 17lbs. My dr. said that he was perfectly healthy...What you should do is question your doctor.

Emily - posted on 04/17/2009

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that is odd. My daughter was 17 lbs at 9 months and the ped. said she was right on track. I was worried too, because her sister was 20 lbs at 4 months. How big was he at birth?

Amanda - posted on 04/17/2009

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My son was not quite 18 pounds at his 12 month check up. His ped said that was fine because he was on his curve still. He's only in like the 3rd percentile, however he was only 5 lbs 13 oz at birth. I think as long as they are growing and not dropping they are fine.

Claire-Louise - posted on 04/17/2009

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My son is 1 next week and he is always at the very top of his height and weight chart and he is healthy, especially his appetite!, eating only home-made meals I give him. Every child is different and if he has a healthy appetite and is having his required amount of milk per day then I wouldn't worry too much. Plus have you tried giving him things like cheese and other dairy products to eat as snacks which have healthy fats in them? Maybe they would work as he is the right age now to have cows milk and other dairy products. They might help him to put that little extra weight on .x.

Erin - posted on 04/17/2009

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The first question is r u breastfeeding? Second; is your sons dad small guy? Well i wouldnt worry to much it could be genetic... as long as your baby is eating solid foods and is getting enough formula and or breast milk... i have two children and my boy never wants to eat cant get the boy to eat more than 4 bites off his plate...lol but if u r breastfeeding try starting some whole milk your son is 9m he can have milk now..

Charlotte - posted on 04/17/2009

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i wouldnt worry, my daughter is almost 9 months and shes only 16. 2 lb and iv been told shes a lovely weight by my health visitor. as long as he is eating well and a variety then i i dont see a problem. you can see if a child is in proportion so if your happy ignore the text book people!!!

Crystal - posted on 04/17/2009

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I wouldn't worry about it. My daughter was 9 ils and 4 ozs at birth then just stopped really gaining. Her weight was always in the 30th % on the charts and even now she is 3 1/2 and she only weighs 31 lbs!!!!! Her doctor said I shouldn't worry. So I try not to.

Meghan - posted on 04/17/2009

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My 2 1/2 year old was the same way, she was under weight. She was a little over 5 pounds when she was born.. My youngest daughter who is 3 months is 23 1/2 inches in height and weighs 13 pounds 11 ounces. With my oldest daughter, she didn't like to eat much. She would eat here and there, so we just gave her pedisure when she wasn't eating regularly and gave her vitamins for any nutrition she wasn't getting. She is 33 pounds now, (I only know due to taking her to the hospital for being sick). Ask your doctor what you could do to help him gain weight, sometimes it is just a faze. Did your doctor seem worried when he told you?? I know some doctors worry more when they are 1 year of age, sometimes they can gain towards the beginning of their first year.

Amanda - posted on 04/17/2009

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I agree with Lisa, In these cases if you believe he is healthy and eating well, playing, and sleeping good.. I wouldnt worry about it.

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As long as he is still gaining and having the 'natural' curve on the growth charts, I wouldn't worry about it. YOU are mom, and there are TOO many fat kids in this world. My daughter is almost 22 months old right now, 33" tall and only 23 pounds. She is tall & thin, but VERY healthy. If you think he is healthy, I wouldn't worry about it!!!

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