Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: wafa | 2010-06-01

Q.

awaiting response

my 5 year old daughter seems so skinny cpmpared to a few months ago.the last time i visited a paed, he said she had iron deficiency and has dark rings under her eyes but she gets constipated easily so we cant give her supplements so we try iron rich food....is there a problem if she is thinner than usual. she is active, eats well and doesnt have concentration problems but is skinny. her father thinks she can pick up weight by eating fatty foods although i dont think its the healthier option. wat do u suggest?

EXPERT''S REPLY
Subject:
Posted by: Paediatrician | 19/5/2010
What I would like you to do is to weigh your daughter and let me know what she weighs. It would also help a lot if you could measure her height.Let me know what these readings are and I will be please to advise you further.

READER''S REPLY
Subject: RE: underweight
Posted by: Wafa | 29/5/2010
sorry for the late reply...we just relocated so i didnt have access to a scale...just weighed my daughter. She is 20 kg and her height is 112cm. Thank you for ur advice.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your daughter's height and weight are both above average and lie on the so-called 75th percentile line on the children's growth charts.This means her height and weight are in the top 25% for girls of her age. There is no need at all for any concern.She certainly should not be eating too much in the way of fatty foods which is not healthy in any case.

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