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very slow weight gain
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very slow weight gain
Hi, my son has very slow weight gain. He seems to gain less than 0.6kg in a full year. He is healthy and active. Please advise if that is normal and what is the remedy?
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From your measurements, his height is on the 90th percentile and his weight is between the 5-10th percentile for his age. He is normal with a tall statue and weight towards the lower end of the normal ranges. What is important is that he is gaining weight at a steady rate even if it maybe slow. He is 29 months old and should be eating regular foods (the food you eat) cut up in small pieces and eating on his own. As a guideline for a 29 month old child should eat the following: Dairy 5 feedings a day –Milk or breast milk (4oz), cheese (½ oz), yogurt (½ cup), or cottage cheese (¼ cup). Starch 4 feedings a day – Cereal (¼ cup), pasta (¼ cup), rice (¼ cup), bread (½ slice), or crackers (2). Fruits & Vegetables 4 feedings a day – Fruits (including 100% juice limited to only 4-6ozs) & Vegetables (¼ cup). Protein source 3 feedings a day – Meat or fish (1oz), egg (1), or beans (¼ cup). He should eat 3 meals and have snacks between meals using the foods above to be spread out throughout the day. Suggest giving him the Pediasure or milkshakes in place of milk at all times to help him gain weight. Hoped this helped you.
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