My child is 3 and half and for quite some time now he seems very tired all the time, even though he sleeps 12 hours a night, He also has little appetite, often eating breakfast but has little interest in lunch and dinner.
He is quite a fussy eater, and doesn't eat any meat, fish or veg so I am worried that maybe he is not getting another iron and energy from the little food he is eating.. sometimes he can be very emotional about the smallest things.
His weight is below the 3rd percentile for his age. Suggest getting him checked by his Doctor to rule out any medical problems. Due to his eating habits, suggest a daily children chewable multi-vitamin so he is getting all the vitamins and minerals he needs. Suggest Pediasure, milkshakes or smoothies with fruit - milk or yogurt, banana or strawberries (or any type fruit), ice cream blended together for all meals (in place of milk) for additional calories for weight gain. Some tips for additional calories: If he likes pasta, then add cheese sauces to the pasta instead of plain tomato sauce or plain pasta. Add cheese to vegetables, if he eats them. Add dry milk to oatmeal, mashed potatoes, gravies, creamed vegetables, and creamed soups (add additional protein sources to soups such as meat). Add beans to rice instead plain rice for additional protein.
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