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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: nat | 2008/01/21

Q.

weight

hi my daughter is 18 months old and weighs 8.8kg. She eats well but suffers from severe allergies to certain foods as well as severe eczema. She is on allicet daily and cortisone. Would any of these meds/allergies affect her weight gain, as she is very small.
thx again

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby is very underweight.The average weight for an 18 month old baby girl is 11kg.Severe food allergies and eczema certainly do affect a child's weight gain in this way. The medicines do not affect her weight gain, I presume the cortisone you mention is in the ointments she uses. I am not happy with your child's progress and she needs to be under the care and supervison of a paediatrician with an interest in paediatric allergies [there are experts in all the main centres in SA] She also needs to be under the supervision of a trained dietician who is able to treat children with multiple food allergies.



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