February 09, 2009,
K.D. asks from Ashland, MA on February 08, 2009
Toddler Needs to Gain Weight After Sickness
My son has been sick for 2 weeks and wee just got out of the hospital. Whille in the hospital he lost 3lbs and now looks REAL thin. My question is do you guys have any suggestions on how to help him gain weight. He cant do pedisure cause he has a milk and soy allery. Dose any have experiance of weightloss after a long sickness??
So What Happened?™
Thank you for your wonderful sugestions. It was slow at first but once he started eating the weight just came right back! I cooked things with coconut oil and olive oil and let him eat as much as he wanted. Hes now back to his old self!!!!!!!
M.C. answers from Boston on February 09, 2009
You just need lots of high fat foods that are nutritious - so avocado (can make into smoothies if he won't eat straight), eggs, nitrate-free hot dogs and bacon (try Trader Joes for these), put real butter on all his food, fry things in coconut oil (YUM).
L.L. answers from Portland on February 09, 2009
Hi K....this is a bit tricky. You do not want to get him eating a highly caloric diet lest it stay with him.
Usually after a severe illness ( or surgery ) when one starts the healing process the body will demand food and one has an enormous appetite to compensate for lost weight.
An adult needs to be careful when this appetite arrives but I should think a child would be able to handle it fine.
And your son is young so he should recover the weight easily and quickly.
Has he expressed any desire for food yet? He should, and I would give him whatever he is hungry for.
If this does not happen within a week or two I would consult his pediatrician.
Best wishes and God bless
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R.K. answers from Springfield on February 09, 2009
once his appetite comes back he should put the weight back on in no time just like if you or I were sick and lost some weight once eating again it just comes back on. In the mean time make everything with high calorie high protein. My little guy is allergic to dairy and soy too but you could make him some soy and dairy free shakes I always put flaxseed oil in when I make youngest a shake. He also has celiac and is tiny so we do everything we can to keep he's weight where it is right now.
B.R. answers from Hartford on February 09, 2009
M.M. answers from Boston on February 09, 2009
To be honest with you, I wouldn't worry that much about it. He lost the weight because he wasn't feeling well. Now that he's feeling better, as he returns to his old self, he'll put the weight back on and start LOOKING like his old self again too!
Gosh, I'm so sorry he was so sick though! How scary and lame!!! Glad he's doing better! Hang in there!
D.B. answers from Boston on February 09, 2009
Wow - you've been through a lot. There is a fantastic, safe (US Gov't. patent) nutritional supplement that gives all the proper nutrition iin the right balance, and it's delicious. It's a powder that you mix in water and it is highly absorbable.
It strengthens the immune system too, so kids are much better able to fight off illnesses, whether it's colds/flu or ear infections, and so on. In fact, you will probably find, over time, that it will get rid of the things inside that are causing the allergies. Your child is not naturally allergic to milk and soy. The milk problem can be due to an imbalance, or maybe the stuff that's added to the milk. Food scientists will tell you there is no such thing as a true soy allergy - soy has been used for 5000 years all over the world! So probably he is allergic to something in the processing (contaminants, alcohol washes, etc.). My son is no longer lactose intolerant - he eats cheese and ice cream and pizza and all that stuff. All my friends whose kids are on this supplement say their children have never missed a day of school, never had more than a brief, mild sniffle, never been on antibiotics. If you want more info, I would love to share.
S.C. answers from Boston on February 09, 2009
My suggestion is to try and make everything your son eat be higher in calories. When giving him vegetables, add butter or olive oil to it. Avocado is a good source of good fat and calories. Usually the suggestions are to add cream and gull milk yogurt, but since he has a the allergy, this is more difficult.
Best of luck, and now that he is feeling better, hopefully he'll regain an appetite and eat well!
L.M. answers from Boston on February 09, 2009
Glad to hear your son is out of the hospital. My daughter lost weight when she was sick too and her ped said to add butter and olive oil to things she eats. If your son can't do the butter, hopefully he will be ok with the olive oil.
The other things I have been told contain milk product - ie. yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese added to things, sweetned condensed milk added to things, ice cream, things like this.
However, avocado, sweet potato with butter, toast with butter or hummus or cream cheese. I don't know if your son can have goats milk or a milk substitue but also pudding can help. Mashed potatos and gravy. I guess I would think of heavy starchy foods that we tend to eat in the winter months.
C.T. answers from Boston on February 09, 2009
First, I wish your little one a quick recovery, and kudos to you mom for hanging in there as a single parent! I would give him caloric laden foods: avocado, pasta, potatoes, wheat bread. As everyone said, the weight will return back, but I am like you, my daughter had the stomach flu for several days and I feel she lost weight, so I am trying to put some "weight" on her too :)