My son was a twin born 6weeks early. He has low muscle tone, and has only gained a lb. in the last year. He eats normal food, and some days out eats his twin sister, who weighs 63 lbs. He has had many tests down with no answer. We are told he needs more calories. Sounds easy, we have tried shakes and drinks to boost calories, with no change. We keep thinking there is more to his problem then just needing calories.
His weight is below the 3rd percentile which is underweight for his age. Based on his weight / age, he should be consuming approximately 1400-1800 calories per day for him to grow as recommended the following; Fruits = 1-1.5 cups; Vegetables 1.5-2.5 cups; Grains (cereals, breads) = 5-6oz equivalents; Meat & beans = 4-5oz equivalents; Dairy products (milk, yogurt) = 3 cups; Oils = 5 tsp; Additional calories to be used discretionary = 195. This food needs to be divided up between 3 meals and snacks between meals daily. Try nutrient dense drinks 2-3 a day, either purchase them, such as Ensure or Boost, or make your own milkshakes - milk, ice cream, and frozen fruit blended or yogurt smoothies - yogurt, milk, and frozen fruit blended for additional calories, protein and nutrients to help increase his weight. If his weight does not slowly increase from above, suggest going to his doctor to get your thyroid checked. Hoped that helped you.
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