My three year old son use to be a great eater. He would eat a wide variety of foods and never had any problems. A little over a month ago he got a really bad cold which we all had. His appetite was pretty much gone while he was sick and has not come back. His doctor has done a stomach xray and lab tests. His first blood test showed his electrolytes were a little low but a week later were back to normal. He really hasn't lost any weight maybe just a pound or two so his dr isn't concerned. He looks really thin though. I can see all his bones sticking out especially his ribs. He will only eat chips, crackers, and milk. He will not drink pediasure or carnation instant breakfast. I am lost as to what this could be and what I should do.
His weight is just below the 75th percentile and his height is just below the 50th percentile which indicates he is normal for his age. He does not seem to be taking in too much meat. If he is drinking milk, then suggest making milkshakes (milk, fruit-if he will accept-, and ice cream blended) 2x a day for extra calories and protein. Recommend a daily chewable children multi-vitamin with iron due to his present eating habits and low meat intake (low iron). Hoped this helped you.
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