Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sids mom | 2011/01/10


Poor eating 1 yr old

Hello Doc,

My son is 13 months and 10 days old. He weighs only 8 kgs and his height is 74 cms. His birth weight and height was 2.74 kgs and 47 cms. We are of Indian origin. We are really worried about his food habit. He eats only 3 to 4 spoons of whatever i give him and that too only if i force them into his mouth. He never seems to be interested on his food. He is quiet active and sharp and very very playful. But i couldn''t convince myself with that fact. He is still on breast milk and i want to wean him from it. I am introducing other milk as his drink as well but he never want to drink them.
1) Which milk is best for him now? formula/cows milk/toddler drinks/pediasure???
2) Does he need a nutritional supplement? If so can u suggest a good one?
3) Should i force him his food?

Expert's Reply



Your son's birthweight was below the average for newborns and he has followed the same line on the infant weight chart. His current weight of 8kg at 13 months is on the 2nd percentile;the lowest 2% for baby boys of 13 months.His height is also well below the average for his age. He may simply be following a family growth pattern, but his lack of interest in any food is of concern. It would be worthwhile trying him on Pediasure to try to get his weight to improve. Do not force him to eat anything.As his weight is so far below the average for his age it really would be best to ask your paediatrician to see him just to be sure that he is well and the weight issue is simply a familial pattern.

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Posted by: Moratwa | 2011/01/11


It felt like i was reading my own story. My son is also 13 months and he weighed 3.2kg at birth but he has been a fussy eater ever since. he now weighs about 8kg also and whenever i give him food, he has a bowel movement afterwards. He is also on the breast and the Dr suggested Paediasure but sometimes he doesnt want to drink it so i am very concerned. He is also very happy and active but the weight is a big concern for me...

He started creche today so i am hoping that maybe when he sees other kids eating, he will also get into the routine.

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