My son was born 5.5 pounds, full term, IUGR, failed APGAR and was in NICU for a short time. Labeled Failure to Thrive...
LONG story short... We were told he had RTA (reinal tublar acidosis) (please excuse spelling).
He has gone through endo, nephrology, metaboloic disease testing. All we were ever told is that all his test come back normal but at the low end.
The question is... How can I get my 8 year old, who weighs 41 lbs and is 4 foot 1 inch to gain weight. He has many food aversion.. hates pasta, mashed potatoes, etc.. This could be due to the fact that a small part of his soft palate and uvula are split.
Is there a supplement, or meds or something extra that we can give to him. He is so thin. Sometimes he even loses strength in his legs when he runs. (Sometimes I think he is losing mussel)
His weight is on the 3rd percentile and his height is on the 25th percentile for his age. He may appear thinner than he is due to being taller than his weight. Is he on any dense nutrient drinks such as Pediasure or milkshakes (cheaper then Pediasure) for extra protein and calories? Suggest in place of milk and at the end of each meal give him milkshakes (milk and ice cream blended together – add a banana if he will accept it) or yogurt smoothies (yogurt, milk, and frozen fruit blended together) or Pediasure. Add dry milk to oatmeal, gravies, creamed vegetables, and creamed soups (add additional meats to soups). Use all fat dairy products and no low fat foods so they have the calories they need. As they grow and gain weight after a few years, then you can go to lower fat dairy items. Hoped this helped you.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.