Posted by: Candice | 2004/01/29


baby is underweight

Hi I took my 11 month old boy to the doctor and she said that he is underweight. He has not been eating because he has been teething. He weighs 8.8kg. How do I get him to eat if he doesn't want to and what could I give him to faten him up?
His lenght is 75cm. What should his weight be?


Expert's Reply



The most important thing is that your child is otherwise well and developing normally. A weight of 8.8kg is not a particular concern (it is still well within normal limits) at this stage, but it is important to repeat the weight in 1 to 2 month's time. You do not have to do anything to "fatten him up", apart from slowly encouraging a normal balanced diet.

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Posted by: Ladybird | 2004/01/30

My daughter has a similar problem. If you get an answer, please forward it to our e-mail.

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