Has any mom had a child born with IUGR? My oldest daughter was born at 37 weeks at 4 pounds. She had IUGR. She is now 2.5 and weighs only 21 pounds. She is a terribly picky eater. She eats about the same 4 or 5 foods and will never try anything new. She also hates to feed herself. I don;t like remaining in the habit of fixing her special things that I know she will eat and actually feeding her but it's the only way to get her to eat. Weight is always such an issue. So where do I draw the line between getting her to eat and setting good habits?


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Jennifer - posted on 11/14/2008




I was diagnosed with IUGR during my pregnancy and delivered my son at 36 weeks 5 days. He weighed 4 lbs 14 ounces and they diagnosed him as small for gestational age. He is now 11 months and weighs 18 and a half pounds. He has had a lot of breathing issues, has spent two weeks at two separate times in the hospital, the most recent being this past week! I just wonder what he would weigh if he hadn't been a sickly child!!! I have a nephew that is 3 and weighs 25 pounds and he eats! Everyone is different. I have a 16 year old nephew that was the fattest baby I had ever seen, then he became a picky eater. Would only eat honey buns, lance crackers and peanut butter! My sister took him to the doctor and they didn't find anything wrong, just told them to let him eat whatever he would eat and that he would grow out of it! Never really has, but he is now 6 feet tall!

Just be patient and continue to encourage her to eat a variety!!!

Sinead - posted on 11/14/2008




My younger daughter is petite as well. She is a picky eater as well. I have asked the doctor if should give her Pedisure and he always says no. My ped said to give her the food that we are eating and if she doesn't eat she will be fine. We have done this and when she is hungry she will eat. If she isn't that hungry and not thrilled with my dinner choice, she won't eat. I also feel that as long as she has 1 really good meal a day they don't need anything else. As long as she is growing on the curve, nothing else matters. My daughter has been steadily growing on the curve in the 3rd percentile for her weight since birth. Good luck and the less you stress the less she will stress!

Cindy - posted on 11/13/2008




My 3 year old son is 25 lbs. He has always had weight issues. The poor kid has been through so many tests and specialist to see why he won't gain weight. He could go almost a year without gaining more than a pound. No one knows why his weight is low. At times I think the doctors thought I was a terrible mother that didn't feed my baby. I would always make sure I brought my older son so they could see his weight was normal and I wasn't some syco mom. He is not the best eater and believe me I have stressed over getting him to eat. When he was between age 2 and 2 1/2, I really pushed him to eat 6 times a day as one of the doctors instructed me to. He was not enjoying eating time and it became stressful. He has lung issues and I took him off milk products which really helped him. Of course the docs fought me because of his weight, but he wasn't gaining weight with milk so why keep him on it if it was making him sick. He is slowly getting on the growth chart again. Just try not to stress to much during eating time. I hope you have a good doctor that is helping you. I try to think out of the box when it comes to feeding Taye. For a morning snack, I fix him a fruit smoothie with soy yogart, he loves it. A banana, yogart, peanut butter smoothie is a great high calorie drink that most kids would love. Taye lives on veggies, fruit, rice, pasta, smoothies, chicken and hotdogs from time to time. These are the things he loves the most. Once he gets more weight on him, I will focus on having him eat different things. Good luck to you and I hope you win the weight battle soon.

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