4year old weighs 40lbs... Need help

Heather - posted on 03/12/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )




My daughter is 4 years old and weighs 40lbs.. She has been complaining that her hips have been hurting her whenever she walks, runs, stands in one spot, an lays downs.. Does anyone know of any foods that can help her lose weigh???? please help thanks


Patty - posted on 08/15/2012




shes a child... y make her lose weight? she will out grow it... shes only 4..
my daughter is 4 almost 5 on the 27th.. her dr said she needs to lose weight... she still gits in 24 months .. shes skinny minny.. she is a cheerleader and has legs up to her neck. im sorry i refuse to put my 4 year old on a diet!!! i feel that is the dumbest thing i have ever heard of.

Questa - posted on 03/12/2010




I have to agree... My 4 year old is over 40 lbs as is my 3 year old.. Neither are anywhere near overweight, but are both tall as well. They do both get terrible growth pains... I would as well check it out with your doctor!!

Kate CP - posted on 03/13/2010




My 4 year old is about 40lbs and IS NOT over weight. Actually the doctor said she could stand to put on a few pounds. Before you put your developing kiddo on a diet (which could really hurt her) perhaps you should check with her pediatrician first to see if she is actually over weight? I suspect her hips hurting are because she's growing. And yes, there truly is such a thing as growing pains.

Firebird - posted on 03/12/2010




I wish my daughter weighed 40 lbs at 4 years old, at 5 she still doesn't weigh that much, I have no idea how to fatten her up either! lol

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My four-year old weighs 40 pounds and looks skinny. She's a kid as long as your doc isn't concerned, relax. Her hip pain is probably unrelated-have you tried a chiropracter?


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Jennifer Rennick - posted on 11/21/2014




My daughter is 4 and weighs 40 lbs. She also has hip and knee pain, but it's from extremely loose joints called Hypermobility syndrome. She is being fitted for orthotics soon. You should consult a doctor.

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What?? My 4 yr old (almost 5) weighs 55lbs. Yes, she is chubby, but she is still so young. I'm convinced once she starts school & becomes more active with sports & other kids she will naturally lose weight. I think if I were to openly be concerned about her weight, I would create an eating disorder.
As a family, we should be eating healthy foods. Salads are a big part of our diet. If you don't buy junk, they can't eat it. Go outside & play with her, put her in swimming lessons..There are lots of ways to stay healthy. I think "healthy" is the key word.

Felicia - posted on 03/12/2010




I was just thinking the same. I don't think 40 lbs is overwieght. Take her to the dr.

Heather - posted on 03/12/2010




Thanks everyone.. People have told me that she is over weigh cause my son is 19months but he stands 34inches tall and weighs 30lbs.. my daughter is like 39inches tall. my son comes up to her shoulders.. but thanks alot everyone i will definaly call her doctor to also see what she says..

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I agree with a lot of the other posters. 40lbs is great for a 4 year old. They have to be 4 and 40lbs to be in a booster seat so she is right on track.

Vickie - posted on 03/12/2010




I have to agree with the other moms, my 4 yr old son is 35 lbs and considered in the 5 to 10 % on the charts, 40 lbs is not considered overweight. I have noticed with him and my daughter that right before a growth spurt they start to complain about their legs and arms hurting, most of the time they can not pin point a spot that hurts, it is just everywhere. There really isn't much they can do for that. Check with your doc, mine suggested Tylenol or Motrin at night to help them sleep then to try to keep them active throughout the day to help.

Good Luck and God Bless

LaCi - posted on 03/12/2010




I think 40 lbs is a normal/healthy weight for a four year old. If she seems a little chubby its possible she's about to hit a growth spurt. I definitely wouldn't consider pushing he to lose weight, ESPECIALLY without talking to a doctor first.

Rosie - posted on 03/12/2010




i don't think she is overweight at all either. maybe the pains are growing pains or something, i also had leg pains when i was younger, i think it's completely normal.

Brenda - posted on 03/12/2010




I really don't think she needs to lose weight. Like Ashley said most likely it is growing pains but aI would get the Dr to take a look just in case, but I definately don't think it is due to her weight. My 4 year old daughter weighs 45lbs and is far from over weight.

Brandy - posted on 03/12/2010




I don't understand. 40 lbs sounds pretty normal for a 4 year old to me. Unless she is really short, I don't see how she could be overweight. Maybe you should talk to a doctor.

Stevie - posted on 03/12/2010




well she needs to exercise maybe its not her diet so much as maybe having a slow metabalisoum i have one i dont eat extreamly healthy or anything but im healthy talk with her dr about her hip hurting and what he thinks should happen or if he thinks she needs a diatery spe help or anything good luck

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did you say loose weight? she is not hurting because of her being overweight she is nowhere near overweight heck she only weighs 10lbs more then my son an he is 23 months, she is probally have growing pains alot of people dont think those are really for children but they are try massaging her an warm baths always make things better too,an maybe call her doc an talk to them an see what they say

Theresa - posted on 03/12/2010




The whole family should adopt more healthy eating habits. that way she not singled out. Limit her intake of sweets. She shouldn't need more than 2 sweets at most a day, one after lunch and one after supper. Any snacks should be fruits or veggies. Limit any juice she may have, they have lots of extra calories. Keep her active. Take her to the park, play in the back yard, put on music and dance around. Just be careful to never use the word "fat" or any word that means the same thing. Too many young girls are getting bad body images and having eating disorders (even as young as 6 year olds) because they feel they are fat. Say healthy instead. "Let's have apples, they're healthy for you." Good luck.

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