Baby is underweight and is not coping up : SOS Moms Reply

Nisha Anand’s 5 month old baby girl who is underweight and still not coping up. Her baby refuses to have formula milk too, is asking for help to cope up with the situation

These days we mostly hear about obesity in children but an underweight child can also be a cause for concern. There are several factors to take into consideration when evaluating your child’s weight. Has he always been thin? Are both of his parents very thin? A child who has a genetic tendency to be thin is in a different boat than a child who has always been normal to hefty and who has recently stopped gaining — or started losing — weight. Even if your child has just recently thinned out, though, there may be nothing to worry about.

Growth and development remain one of the most important indicators of your child’s health. Your child’s doctor will take into consideration the factors mentioned above — how much his parents weigh and how long he’s been thin. He will also evaluate your child’s eating habits and his overall health. She’ll probably ask if your child has had any medical problems that may have contributed to weight loss, like chronic diarrhea or vomiting.

In most instances it is likely to be a case of genetics; that their genetically predetermined weight and height is as it is.

  • A child can be very active and therefore require a lot of energy input (calories) just to meet their daily needs

  • Underlying nutrient deficiencies such as iron can affect eating habits

  • Some children are over-reliant on nutrient-dense fluids such as juice or milk. The former can cause toddler diarrhoea and both can displace food and meals as well as create nutrient imbalances.

  • Sometimes we can become overbearing with food and put children off

  • Pure disinterest in food can be due to distractions or just general busyness

  • Food allergies and restricted diets can lead to difficulties

  • Short and protracted illnesses

  • Undiagnosed illnesses

  • Oral mechanical issues, such as muscle development, enlarged tonsils and being tongue-tied

 So what should we do?

  • You may well be offering a wide variety of healthy foods, your child drinks only water, is healthy and growing at a steady rate despite not weighing what we believe is ideal.

  • Initially concentrate on diet by ensuring regular protein foods and a little more fat

  • Offer your child’s main meal when they are hungriest, so if you find your little one eats best at lunch then offer a substantial dinner-type meal.

  • Track how many calories your child eats each day

  • Breast milk or formula will continue to provide the majority of her nutrients and will do so for the remainder of her first year

 With special regards to all our expert moms

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