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Posted by: zara | 2010/04/08

toddler weight gain

Can you please give me some tips on how to help my underweight toddler gain a few kgs?

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Dear Zara
You don't mention why your toddler is underweight? Does the child not want to eat, or is the child constantly ill with infections such as gastro? If your child is always sick with a runny tummy or other infections then she may benefit from having a medical checkup and some treatment to cure the illness so that she can gain weight. If he is not eating properly then you need to offer him small meals often (at least 6 or more small meals a day consisting of foods the child likes, but which are healthy). For example a small helping of porridge with full-cream milk and half a fruit at breakfast. Then half a yoghurt with a small biscuit or 1 slice of wholewheat bread with peanut butter halfway through the morning/afternoon. Lunch and supper should consist of a small portion of cooked meat or fish or egg with 1-2 cooked vegetables and a fruit. Make sure that he or she has at least 1 cups of milk or yoghurt a day. Also give him/her probiotics ("good microorganisms") like Infantiflora which you can buy at health shops.
But first make sure that she/he does not suffer from an underlying illness like food allergy or intolerance, enzyme deficiency, infections, worms, etc, by taking the child to the doctor.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/04/08

Dear Zara
You don't mention why your toddler is underweight? Does the child not want to eat, or is the child constantly ill with infections such as gastro? If your child is always sick with a runny tummy or other infections then she may benefit from having a medical checkup and some treatment to cure the illness so that she can gain weight. If he is not eating properly then you need to offer him small meals often (at least 6 or more small meals a day consisting of foods the child likes, but which are healthy). For example a small helping of porridge with full-cream milk and half a fruit at breakfast. Then half a yoghurt with a small biscuit or 1 slice of wholewheat bread with peanut butter halfway through the morning/afternoon. Lunch and supper should consist of a small portion of cooked meat or fish or egg with 1-2 cooked vegetables and a fruit. Make sure that he or she has at least 1 cups of milk or yoghurt a day. Also give him/her probiotics ("good microorganisms") like Infantiflora which you can buy at health shops.
But first make sure that she/he does not suffer from an underlying illness like food allergy or intolerance, enzyme deficiency, infections, worms, etc, by taking the child to the doctor.
Best regards
DietDoc

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