underweight picky eater

Rosario - posted on 12/05/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )




What could I give my 6 year old daughter to make her gain weight? she is underweight. Thank you


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Jaimie - posted on 12/06/2014




As a mom of a 4 year old picky eater (sensory issues related to autism), let me say that I sure understand this! Have you brought up your concerns with your pediatrician? Ours suggested nutrition supplements like Pediasure. Also, I've found being sneaky is key. For example, my son loves mashed potatoes and he loves tomato sauce, so I grate or grind things up and mix them in to these two foods to get him to eat what he needs to eat. However, it's in no way a perfect method. It works better sometimes than others. Best of luck!

Michelle - posted on 12/05/2014




Not sure if I'll be helpful to you in any way, but just wanted to send some moral support and encouragement. I have a 4 year-old who is also very picky and underweight.

First of all, "underweight" by what standards? You have to remember your size and your spouse's size...so if you are both on the smaller side, don't expect your kids to be at the 50%-ile.

Does your daughter seem healthy otherwise? Is she active? Does her skin have good, normal color? Is her development in all other areas okay? Does the doctor have other concerns?

My son just wants PLAIN foods. He doesn't like sauce. He claims he doesn't like a lot of things, but sometimes when he actually tries something, he finds he actually likes it. So I try to get him to at least try a few bites of what is there (new to him), and then I give him things I know he will eat to fill him up more.

For your little one, maybe you could have her "cook" with you. Maybe that will pique her interest in eating it when it is done. Maybe ask for her ideas on what to make...

Good luck!

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