Childhood Diseases

Posted by: zara | 2009/05/04


underweight toddler

thank you for answering my previous question regarding fresh milk and formula. you were alarmed at my sons (23 months) weight which is approx. 9.8 kgs. please can you suggest ways? supplements that i can use to help him gain a bit of weight? iv always worried about his weight but i couldnt find a doc who felt the same as me-everyone just says -if hes eating well and is active, hes fine!. but im not comfortable with it.. please help me!

Expert's Reply



Your son' should weigh over 12 kg now. His weight is on the so-called 2nd percentile for his age, this means that he falls in the lowest 2% of the population of male children of his age. This should set alarm bells ringing.If you read my answers to parents you will have noticed that I always inform parents that they need a proper diagnosis of their child's problem and this applies to your son as well. Please have him checked by a paediatrician who will spend time trying to find out what is wrong here. It may be that your son has a nutritional problem such as coeliac disease.

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