my son i s 15 months old and his docter says he is under wieght. he has had 2 heart surgeries and rsv. he also had a feeding tube for the first 4 months of his life. he is still on baby formula and eating pureed baby foods. he also has snacks through out the day such as little cookies and bitter biscuits he eats cheetos mashed potatoes and gravy etc. i also recently found out he is anenmic. so my main question is how or what do i do to help him gain wieght. should i add pediasure or any suppliments.
As a guideline for a 14-24 month old child should eat the following: Dairy 4 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 2 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. Since he is eating small biscuits and cookies, suggest feeding him regular finger food (your food cut-up in small pieces) instead of baby food. He is 15months old and does not receive the proper amounts of nutrients he needs from infant formula, recommend switching to Pediasure instead of infant formula. Give it to him as substitute of fluids at all meals and snacks. Make sure he is eating a protein food each meal (meat, fish, cheese, or yogurt) to help him grow. Some tips for additional calories: If he likes pasta, then add meat or cream sauces to the pasta instead of plain tomato sauce or plain pasta. Add dry milk to oatmeal, mashed potatoes, gravies, creamed vegetables, and creamed soups (add additional meats to soups). Hoped this helped you.
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