My daughter just turned 18 months, always ate her dinners and snacked lots during the day. She had an ear infection and high fever 2 weeks ago, which she never ate much, and her eating is still slow. Dr said she's underweight, and to give milk at every meal, which fills her up more to not eat. She will have cheerios in morning, then milk (6-8 oz) then goldfish crackers, kolbossa, cheese, and grapes 3 hour later before nap with juice (grape juice), then raisins and a drink of milk after nap maybe some crackers, and 3 hours later is dinner, she may take 1-2 bites then not eat the rest (esp pasta which she loved before) shakes her head and clenched teeth. I leave it out so she can ask for it but never does after, and just has a glass of milk with dinner (pediasure) and regarding milk before bed.
I'm worried because they say she is underweight but she's so active and busy and happy. Only thing is, her poop is harder not as soft and every 2- 2 1/2 days.
Is this normal? Should I worry more? My nurse at the drop office is rude and nasty with me (because I'm a young mom).
From your measurements, her weight is just below the 5th percentile and her height is on the 5th percentile for her age which indicates she is underweight. I agree with your Doctor, however, suggest giving Pediasure in place of milk at all meals/snacks. You can add ice cream to make milkshakes for extra calories and protein. So if she is not eating the food then she will have the Pediasure milkshakes to give her the needed calories and protein for her to gain weight and grow. Here are some more tips for additional calories: You stated she likes pasta, then add cheese sauces to the pasta instead of plain tomato sauce or plain pasta. Add cheese to vegetables, if she 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. You can also make yogurt smoothies with fruit - yogurt, banana or strawberries (or any type fruit), frozen fruit blended together which has extra calories and protein. Hoped this helped you.
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
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.