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Low weight.... how can I get my son to gain weight??
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Low weight.... how can I get my son to gain weight??

My son is 11 months and only weighs 17 lbs. His weight has been a struggle since his first couple months of life. We have tried many different kinds of formula, and even various tricks such as concentrated formula, oil and butter in his foods and so forth. Just recently the doctor has suggested the use of pediasure. He is still not taking enough to gain weight.... He eats about 4 jars of baby food, and roughly 10 ounces of milk during the day. He takes to the food significantly better than his milk, but we keep stressing the milk. He is very busy, but still has yet to walk. If you have any suggestions we would appreciate it as we are at a loss for ideas and desperate for our son to gain weight and become healthier. What can we give him that is solid and higher in fats??
Is your child male or female?
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Male
What is your child's age?
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11 months
What is your child's height?
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27 1/2 inches
What is your child's weight (kgs or lbs)
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17 lbs. 11 oz.
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His weight is below the 5th percentile and his height is on the 5th percentile for his age. At 11 months he can start to eat finger foods and regular foods cut up in small pieces and he can start to feed himself (with his hands) at 3 meals a day. As a guideline for a 11-12 month old child should eat the following: Breast-milk or Formula (8oz) 3-5 feedings a day, Dairy 1 serving a day – cheese (1/2 oz) or yogurt (1/2 cup). Starch 2 feedings a day – Infant Cereal (2-4 Tbsp), bread (1/2 slice), crackers (2), or pasta (3-4 Tbsp). Fruits or Vegetables 2-3 feedings a day – (3-4 Tbsp). Meat 2 feedings a day – 3-4 Tbsp) or beans (1/4 cup). If he is drinking milk, if you stated, suggest giving him Pediasure, milkshakes or smoothies with fruit - milk or yogurt, banana or strawberries (or any type fruit), ice cream for all meals (in place of milk) for additional calories for weight gain. Hoped that helped you.
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