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I noticed in one of the responses that you said you quit offering snacks. Here is a sample of our meal schedule for our 15 month old twins. We seldom offer snacks but stagger meals and milk. By staggering them we get more high calorie/protein milk in them on a regular basis. 7:30 AM 8oz of milk with liquid vitamins (Poly-Vi-Sol) added in 8:30 AM ...


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My sons stomach gets pretty fat from time to time, it gets very round and sticks straight out, but this usually is followed by a growth spurt and his stomach gets much smaller afterwords. He has gone through this cycle 4 or 5 times between 12 month and 30 months old. Just from looking at the picture, she looks normal to me, if you are really concerned a ...


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Busy toddlers burn lots of calories. A child that is not gaining weight steadily can be in danger of not meeting their nutritional needs. This is the reason for your physician's concern. Getting your little one to eat more is likely to be very difficult. Therefore, making each mouthful have the greatest caloric impact is the most likely to add those needed ...


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As a parent of a child the same age if I were in your situation I'd take her to the doctor now. A 10% weight loss in a child plus a loss of appetite for more than a couple of days is something you should address right away.


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Is her weight out of proportion to her height, like she is malnourished? Or is she in good proportion but in a low "percentile" or just stalled for a little bit? The former is a much more serious problem, but a lot of doctors freak out about the latter just as much. Children gain weight the same way adults do, with foods very dense in calories such as high ...


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When to worry about weight loss: When the child is already low in the weight chart. When the child shows signs of sickness. When the child is not feeling well. When the child is apathetic. Feel free to add more here! Just click the edit link.


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I like Torben's list, but I don't think that having a child who is low on the growth curve is a reason to be overly concerned about weight loss unless your child has all ready been diagnosed as being underweight by his/her pediatrician or with failure to thrive. The reality, though, is that children in the lower percentiles follow the same growth patterns ...


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Kids gain three times their birth weight and grow twice their birth length in their first year. If the pediatrician isn't concerned, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it either. Infants are VERY good at self-regulating caloric intake to coincide with growth requirements (once you hit that first big growth spurt, you KNOW 'cause the kid WILL NOT want to sleep ...


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Our toddler's appetite seems to vary in large swings from month to month, but when she's in a phase where she seems to be eating too little we've noticed that different eating positions can affect how much she eats. Sometimes she will only focus and eat much if she's in her high chair w/tray; sometimes she hates the high chair and will eat more feeding ...


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Greenmountain sells diapers that come in sizes of upto 40 lbs. You can probably just get away with just the large size, but if you're more comfortable, use the extra large. If it's too big on your baby, you can fold it (that's what we did) at the top. Are you into sewing? If so, you can also sew your own pre-folds. Word of caution: Our daughter is 13 ...


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I can't provide hard data, but... My (breastfed) daughter had trouble with weight gain in her early months. We were asked by medical staff "Does she have heavy nappies?" and all we could answer was that sometimes they were heavier than other times (after all, heavy is a relative term!), and they investigated no further. We started weighing full nappies ...


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Yes. OK, the long answer is, yes, and those frequent well visits to the pediatrician always start with height & weight measurements so that you can be sure, on a more macro scale, that the baby is growing over time.


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The problem is that the child eats way too much than it should. Under normal circumstances, I believe, children instinctively know how much of what their body needs. However, it is easy to spoil their instincts body consciousness. Sweets create a craving in the brain, and it is difficult - for a child near impossible - to separate the signals from the ...


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It sounds like your pediatrician may not be specific enough to be particularly helpful. I'd suggest: Making a food diary. List the food, portion size, and time of day. Perhaps you think your child is eating more than she actually is. (It's a pain in the rear at first but you get used to it; my parents had to do this for me because of allergies and it ...


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Loads of good answers on here. Just wanted to add one thing that we were given in advice when our son was this age and we were all keen to see more weight gain. Make sure you don't use whole grain foods all the time. we were surprised because we had assumed they were healthier but too much fiber can be a problem for small systems. we went back to white bread ...


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Our eldest daughter was told the same thing (Gain Weight!) at the 12, 15, 18, 21, and 24 month appts- (we actually went every month because she was not on the weight charts <1%). We found Pediasure was an excellent addition to her diet. It contains a whopping 9grams per serving as well as fiber & protein. PediaSure also has lots of vitamins and ...


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Short Answer: Yes. Long Answer: Yes, my friend. Weighing the baby on an hourly (?) basis is a waste of your spirit. You know what? Your weight fluctuates on an hourly basis as well. As you eat, poo, drink, even talk or breath, your weight changes. It's just that 0.4 lb for you doesn't register on a scale that tops out at 450. but it will absolutely ...


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My son is 22 months old, and I do observe that his weight fluctuates due to several obvious factors like if he get sick he will loss some weight and so on. There are really a lot of possible factors that causes weight fluctuation. As long as your pediatrician assures you that there is nothing to worry about, you can have a peace of mind. It is great that ...


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I noticed that someone suggested offering lots of fruits. Fruits are not good for weight gain. My son is very underweight and we found we were feeding him too many fruits and he was not gaining well at all. We thought it as healthy for him, and it is in moderation, but not to pack on the pounds like he needed. Our pediatrician recommended carnation instant ...


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The best success we have had is in giving her one thing at a time. Ie, instead of giving her potatoes and meat, we give her potatoes. When that got boring, we try a bit of boiled carrot. And when she doesn't want that we give her some meat. And when finally she wants no food at all, we give her a bit of yogurt as dessert. This has kick-started the ...


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This looks ok to me. Our daughter had a little tummy as well and our doctor said that it takes some time for the toddlers to develop core strength and stomach muscles. This is just part of her development.


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My daughter since she was quite small has been skinny everywhere except for her belly. I asked her doctor about it after my husband made a comment about how she looked like the starving children you see on tv commercials. The doctor said it was most likely due to gas and bloating. He said something she ate was probably causing it and we could check her for ...


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Children and babies change all the time. For example, at about 3 weeks old, a baby will breast feed almost constantly. then at about 5 weeks, they'll sleep for 18-20 hrs a day and eat almost nothing. Opinion: If there's a significant over a period of several days, see your Dr. However, I think if that were to be the case, then you'd see other more ...


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As long as your child is on the normal range of the BMI percentile, you have nothing to worry about. If there is only slight changes in the BMI curve, it may be due to your child's activities, which is normal because she is growing up. But you should regularly monitor your child's BMI using a baby calculator, so you can be sure that there is no any drastic ...


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It is also the same concern I have with my 22 month old son. When he turned one, he is not gaining that much weight. As we all know, as this age, they like to run around and explore things. They are very busy with a lot of things which burn up their calories, easily. What I did is that I devise a meal plan to ensure that he can get the right amount of ...


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I would add proteins (meat, beans) and more frequent meals (may be with healthy snacks in between if it does not spoil her appetite) to the answers since you mention that she is not picky just does not eat much in one sitting. But if you daughter eats balanced diet and enough calories(and kids don't need that much) and does not have any known health ...


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Have you tried ...? tons of fruits (if she's not interested in regular food, at least sweet fruits might catch her interest?) fruits with full-fat/whole-fat yoghurt (gotta get those calories somehow...), consider natural (=unflavored) yoghurt to avoid sugars and whatever else they put in regular food. asking the paediatrician for more useful advice than ...



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