Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Rashieda | 2011-11-03


almost underweight 1 yr old

My son is 15 months old and weights about 8 kgs. He only drinks breast milk and sometimes i give him diluted juice. He has always been a small baby. lately he doesn''t seem to have an appetite. He doesn''t want to eat purity anymore and eats very little home cooked food.(soft rice, potato etc) Is there anything that will increase his appetite? i am getting worried that he is not picking up enough weight. My mom says to use Vi-daylin. Will this help?

Expert's Reply



The average weight for a baby boy of 15 months is 10.2kg. Your baby son's weight of 8kg falls on the 3rd percentile line of the infant weight chart, the lowest 3% for baby's of his age. As he has been breast fed all along and even with his poor appetite, I would have expected his weight to be closer to average than it is.It would be best to take your son for a check up either by a paediatrician or by a clinic nurse to see if there is any obvious reason why your son is not gaining weight well and also why he has such a poor appetite.

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