J.S. asks from Pittsburgh, PA on August 12, 2008
My 15 Month Old Is a Horrible Eater
My 15 month old son is not a very good eater. He weighs just under 20 lbs. and is in the 5th percentile for weight. His problem seems to be that he likes one food one day and then the next doesn't want anything to do with it. The doctor said that his weight is getting him to be "on the concerned side". He said to basically just add butter and cream to everything and to try pediasure for extra calories. Well, guess what? I have the only baby that does not like chocolate pediasure.
He used to eat a ton and I was so happy. Now, just getting him to eat a bowl of his favorite cereal is awful. Are there any other suggestions for how to get him to pack on some pounds so we can get him out of the "concerned" category? I appreciate any help.
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S.C. answers from York on August 13, 2008
A few others mentioned not being to concerned with the percentile, which I agree with, provided it's not a sudden drastic change. My daughter is 16 1/2 months & still hasn't hit 20 lbs. She is actually just below the bottom of the chart, but her doctor isn't concerned b/c she's not much below & her drop wasn't sudden or drastic. Unfortunately, as you've discovered, kids' likes and dislikes can change "at the drop of a hat", and so can their eating habits. My daugther is like that, too. Some days she'll eat more than her five year old brother, and other days, I want to pull my hair out b/c she doesn't seem the least bit interested in eating anything at all. I think someone else mentioned it, but keep an eye on the liquids. Also, you might want to start writing down what & how much he eats, along with the time. This might give you a better idea of how much he is eating (and drinking). Continue to offer a variety of healthy foods, and try to avoid any "junk" food. I learned the hard way, that the "sweet" rewards habit is easy to develop, but HARD to break! Hope you find the ideas helpful. Have a GREAT day!
K.C. answers from Pittsburgh on August 13, 2008
My grandson is small like that. He'll eat just about anything though. The doctor said that's just the way he's built and he's very active. He's developmentally on level and proportioned well so his size is not a problem.
H. answers from Pittsburgh on August 12, 2008
My daughter was tiny but she ate everything in site and was still in the 5%. My ped wasn't too concerned though provided she didn't drop lower which she never did. Now at nearly 5 she is still tiny in about the 15%. (Just to ease a bit of concern)
My cousin's daughter was also tiny and barely hanging on the charts, but she didn't eat much. Does your son drink milk? They did give her pediasure, but they mixed it with half and half to pump up the calories. If he likes milk, maybe you can pump up the calorie/fat content by mixing it with half and half. My cousin did about half of each. Don't worry about the fats at this point - fat is critical for brain development in the first 2 years.
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P.D. answers from Scranton on August 13, 2008
I use Shaklee's meal shakes with my kids. They have around 45% of the daily value of nutrition. They come in vanilla and cocoa. My kids drink them plain but a friend of mine adds a banana to hers in the blender and her son loves it. They are a better quality than ensure brand too. If you'd like to look at them go to http://www.shaklee.net/dudinyak/product/20321. I think adding extra fat to his food isn't as good as adding nutritious calories.
D.S. answers from Allentown on August 21, 2008
Number 1, Is your baby constipated?
Here are some web sites for picky eaters.
hope this helps. D.
L.P. answers from Philadelphia on August 13, 2008
Have you tried giving your son utensils - a baby fork or spoon-to eat with? My 15th mo.old eats better when she can pick up the food herself. I cut everything up in small pieces and serve it to her right on the high chair tray. Also, I don't offer a beverage right away. I hold it until she's done eating that way she doesn't fill up on liquid. Lastly, I know my little one loves buttered potatoes, meatballs, tofu, oatmeal, rice ( I make it kind of sticky so she can grab it). These are good and hearty proteins. I hope this helps.
A.B. answers from Pittsburgh on August 13, 2008
As long as your son is eating something everyday and you feel that he is not hungry then I wouldnt worry too much about it. My daughter is 18 months old and only weighs 20 1/2 lbs. She has been in the 5th percentile bracket since her 1 month appointment. She is also an extremely picky eater. My doctor tells me that as long as she is gaining weight at every appointment that they are not going to worry about her. Every child is different and I know some doctors are more picky on the growth chart then what I think they should be. Other than that you can ask I believe it is a bone test that checks there height and weight for his body structure. A friend of mine had the same problem with the her doctor and they kept pushing her to get her daughter to gain weight, once they did the test she was average for her bone structure. Another thing that you can also try is Soy Milk. It has more nutrients in it than regular whole milk and it might help him along. Good luck and I wouldnt worry unless he is starting to lose weight at his appointments.
M.L. answers from Erie on August 13, 2008
They have a couple different brands of baby shampoo for cradle cap at places like babies r us. I would probably try that before any adult dandruff shampoo.
K.B. answers from York on August 13, 2008
Question how much did he weigh at birth?
you might just have a over conserned doctor.
C.C. answers from Philadelphia on August 14, 2008
My son will be two in Sept. and he is also a horrible eater. Meal time is the worst! I get so upset! Luke, weighs 22 lbs and there is not one food that he likes that i can give him everyday. I even took him to the "grow clinic". their suggestions were to add butter and heavy cream to everything. It stil doesn't work. I to have tried pediasure. I tried all of the flavors. He hated it. My son will eat cereal every once in a while. Yesterday, he ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast, half a bowl for lunch and a small bowl for dinner. He goes to bed all of the time without dinner. IT KILLS ME! I try to cook serveral things at one time hoping he eats something and the doctors told me to not do that and eventually he'll eat because he'll be hungry but that has not worked either. So, i don't have any suggestions. I just wanted to let you know that you're not alone! I know what you're going through.