Our expert says:
Dear Sids Mom
Your son of 13 months is slightly underweight, but his height is normal. A baby of 1 year on average weighs 9 kg and is 71 cm tall. If you wean him from the breast, try giving him a formula to start off with and then introduce cow's milk when he is a bit older. Small children eat small portions of food because they have small appetites and a small stomach capacity. So keep on offering him 1-2 teaspoons of foods such as porridge, pureed fruit, vegetables and finely minced meat, boiled egg, yoghurt and any other food he is prepared to eat. He needs small portions often - up to 6 or more times a day. ever force a child to eat anything and do not give up if a child refuses a food. Just keep on offering it to him without getting uptight- children can feel your tension and this will transmit to him. Id he is active and bright then I don't think you need to start giving him supplements, unless he is diagnosed as deficient in a given nutrient like iron. If you are still worried, have him examined by a Paediatrician who will check if there are any deficiencies that need attention. Click on 'DietnFood' at the top of this page and then on "DietDoc's articles' and search for the 2 articles I have written on: "WEANING FOODS INFLUENCE THE REST OF YOUR CHILD’S LIFE " and "WHAT WEANING FOODS TO GIVE BABY" for additional information on weaning and introducing young children to eating a variety of solid foods.
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