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uhohkerriuhohkerri Member Posts: 43 Member Posts: 43
My son is fifteen months old and for the last 4-5 months he hasn't really gained any weight. The doctors are calling it failure to thrive. Other then his weight and height he is extremely active and very smart for his age. As far as his developmental mild stones he has reached and passed his age group. holding his head up, crawling, walking all within 2-3 months early. they won't leave him alone about it and I am not sure what to do. I am not sure if this page has a age limit but I know you can put it to gain weight instead of losing. Any suggestions?

He eats he has two or three cups of dry cereal per day. he also gets a piece of cheese or two every time the fridge is open and this is on top of the meals he eats. I just don't know what else to do I don't want to teach him bad eating habits now and have him end up obese or diabetic after he grows up.

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  • jadams1650jadams1650 Member Posts: 139 Member Member Posts: 139 Member
    I could be wrong, but I don't think anyone on here is a pediatric nutritionist. Even if they were, it would be really sketchy to make recommendations/provide advice to help your 15 month old child overcome a diagnosed disorder. I would listen to the doctor in this matter, they will likely have the best advice.
  • uhohkerriuhohkerri Member Posts: 43 Member Posts: 43
    I have listened I am giving him all the foods they tell me to he still isn't gaining I just need to know if there was anyone else out there maybe going through the same thing or have been through the same thing.
  • serviliaservilia Member Posts: 3,528 Member Member Posts: 3,528 Member
    I could be wrong, but I don't think anyone on here is a pediatric nutritionist. Even if they were, it would be really sketchy to make recommendations/provide advice to help your 15 month old child overcome a diagnosed disorder. I would listen to the doctor in this matter, they will likely have the best advice.

    Agreed with this. What ppl on this site know relate to adult nutrition, not very young children.
  • serviliaservilia Member Posts: 3,528 Member Member Posts: 3,528 Member
    Have the docs run tests for thyroid problems etc. you might also have better luck on the mommy groups here on MFP.
  • AprilMae1975AprilMae1975 Member Posts: 730 Member Posts: 730
    I have two disabled children who both have been underweight all their lives. They both actually have g-tubes which help with keeping their weight up. Have you tried Pediasure? I would say to start with that and see what happens. Good luck!
  • funhouse77funhouse77 Member Posts: 179 Member Member Posts: 179 Member
    I'm sorry but I really don't think this is the place to be asking. This is a site for adult nutrition and fitness. Please listen to your child's doctor, and if you are looking for online advice try a parenting forum, I can recommend babycenter.com
  • uhohkerriuhohkerri Member Posts: 43 Member Posts: 43
    Obviously if you don't know nothing don't freaken answer.
    @ AprilMae1975 thanks for not being like the others an answering when they don't know any thing. I do have a prescription for it I go tomorrow to WIC to fill it. Did it help with your kids?
  • jojo52610jojo52610 Member Posts: 692 Member Member Posts: 692 Member
    Both my children were small and underweight as toddlers , up until 15 my daughter was very small she's 5'9" now but she still can't gain weight.. My son is 16 is just now starting to grow in height.

    I took both my children to a Endocronologist - and had them tested twice. Thankfully mine were just late bloomers and are just fine.
    But it's important to get them tested to make sure there are no medical issues causing him not to gain weight.
  • serviliaservilia Member Posts: 3,528 Member Member Posts: 3,528 Member
    Obviously if you don't know nothing don't freaken answer.
    @ AprilMae1975 thanks for not being like the others an answering when they don't know any thing. I do have a prescription for it I go tomorrow to WIC to fill it. Did it help with your kids?

    Wow.
  • jadams1650jadams1650 Member Posts: 139 Member Member Posts: 139 Member
    Obviously if you don't know nothing don't freaken answer.
    @ AprilMae1975 thanks for not being like the others an answering when they don't know any thing. I do have a prescription for it I go tomorrow to WIC to fill it. Did it help with your kids?

    Sorry, but you were the one going to an anonymous adult web forum and asking for nutritional advice for your 15 month old child who happens to be under a doctor's care for a diagnosed disorder. But sorry, we're the people that "don't know nothing"...little hint, AprilMae 1975 doesn't know anything either...she has not examined/evaluated your child...your doctor has. Just my two cents. I hope your child gets better.
  • uhohkerriuhohkerri Member Posts: 43 Member Posts: 43
    @jojo52610 I had him tested for all kinds of things and they are all clear so thankfully that's good. maybe he will be ok I am doing everything on my end that they tell me to but they can't find anything else wrong with him other then he isn't gaining. but its just the actual ped doc telling me this. the nutritionist, and the other specialist I have went to say he is the right weight for his height. it is just very frustrating going in month after month and hearing that I am not doing something right or he would be gaining, changing ped docs isn't that easy for me because it is military.

    thanks for the good advice to those who were actually helpful instead of rude
  • DawnieB1977DawnieB1977 Member Posts: 4,248 Member Member Posts: 4,248 Member
    Where is he in the centile charts? They don't seem to take into account that children are all different, like adults, and some will be on the 2nd centile and others on the 99th.

    My son is nearly 4 and on the 90 something centile for height and only 50th for weight. He doesn't eat very much and is very active, but he has grown nice and tall so that's fine!

    Obviously I am not a paediatrician or dietician so cannot give you proper advice! My instinct is to say that he is just small.
  • Jennisin1Jennisin1 Member Posts: 574 Member Member Posts: 574 Member
    I have heard about calorie padding the foods your kid does eat with fat sources.... using olive oil, coconut oil, and nut butters... cooking meat in it and adding it to veggies. You can easily add a couple of hundred calories without bulk this way... every meal should be as calorie high as possible..

    Eggs cooked in butter with whole grain pb toast in the morning with full fat milk and some fruit.... snacks with veggie sticks and pb or hummus.... whole grain pastas, with sauce (I add pureed steamed veggies to my basic tomato sauce)... with some hamburger (throw in a little olive oil while cooking lean ground meat) and cheese.... oil olive sauteed seafood or chicken....


    Your Doctor should have addressed all of this with you.... as well as, if this doesn't work, potentially evaluating him for underlying medical conditions.
  • Mia_RagazzaTostaMia_RagazzaTosta Member Posts: 4,960 Member Member Posts: 4,960 Member
    Where is he in the centile charts? They don't seem to take into account that children are all different, like adults, and some will be on the 2nd centile and others on the 99th.

    My son is nearly 4 and on the 90 something centile for height and only 50th for weight. He doesn't eat very much and is very active, but he has grown nice and tall so that's fine!

    Obviously I am not a paediatrician or dietician so cannot give you proper advice! My instinct is to say that he is just small.

    Doctors don't throw around diagnoses like Failure to Thrive lightly. If he has this diagnosis he's more than just small.
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