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Tips on Getting Your Underweight Baby to Eat

1. Never force any kid to eat which may lead to the child avoid eating.
2. Make the food tasty. Better to give the food other family members eat. Use spices to make it taste good. Stale taste will not attract the kids.
3. Let the child eat whatever is liked by him/her. Whatever eaten with delight is digested easily. Do not panic unnecessarily from giving the liked food at the time desired by the child.
4. Whenever possible let the child eat with others of his/her age who eat foods without problem as it induces the kids to take food they do not generaly take. This is from my personal experience.

Jahnabi Das
Fri, 07 Aug 2009 12:43:39 +0000

1. As long as your baby is healthy let his/ her weight not bother you. As long as they are healthy and in line with their growth spurts they will be fine. It is better to be on the thinner side than to be overweight.
2. Make the food look colourful add some boiled carrot, beet root lightly mashed with a fork.
3. Tell your child a story or sing a song while feeding.
4. Play the aeroplane game.

Avria
Fri, 07 Aug 2009 15:14:09 +0000

All three of my small children were or are underweight. I did a few things to remedy it, but I think their weight is more a function of their genetics and body type than of not eating enough. To add weight, replace part of the milk you put in their cereal with heavy cream, and use cream when making other milky foods as well. Add butter to vegetables and potatoes; this makes them tasty as well as higher calorie. Allow your child to eat ice cream, especially with fruit, which adds vitamins. Try various foods, and be sure to offer the child's favorites.

Cathy
Sun, 09 Aug 2009 03:12:47 +0000

*) If you think your baby is underweight, confirm that from the baby's pediatrician. Most of the time it could be the nature of the baby.
*) Understand what the baby likes, the baby may like something you may not like. Your baby may like something today which he/she disliked yesterday.
*) Try to divert the baby's attention to a toy or some other object, so the baby does not realize being fed.
*) Try changing the timing or try changing the duration between meals.

srhegde
Sun, 09 Aug 2009 12:08:42 +0000

Use whole milk and whole milk products. My son loved Greek yogurt, it is creamy and has more calories in it than regular yogurt. Whole wheat breads, pastas, and rice are also a good choice, often times whole wheat products contain more calories. Another good tip is to limit your babies intake of liquids, some babies get full from drinking liquids and then it's harder to get them to eat.

Dee
Sun, 09 Aug 2009 19:49:04 +0000

1. Seek advice from your pediatrician.
2. Use full fat foods such as whole milk, whole milk yogurt, butter, whole milk cheese, etc.
3. Add heavy cream to pasta sauces, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf etc.
4. If child drinks too much milk, reduce milk amount and offer more foods.
5. Change the textures of the foods offered to your child.

anonymous
Sun, 09 Aug 2009 23:39:21 +0000

If your little one is not eating you have absolutlely identified a problem. My first thought is what is the baby trying to tell me. That is why I suggest some play time first. Interaction between you and the baby thats fun. Making pleasant and soft sounds while caressing the baby. A toy is not necessary. Slowly incorporate food into this play session. You could start eating first mommy. OH!I truly hope it goes well. I can only imagine your concerns. Of course, I am not a doctor. Seeing a doctor in this matter would be very wise. Bon Apetit...

Mike
Tue, 11 Aug 2009 13:38:17 +0000

I had a 2lbs 14oz preemie. The NICU and development are the best places to go and ask for advice. Anyone can call either and they are more than happy to give you advice on how to get a underweight child to eat. In my experience giving them 1 tablespoon of the friut then one of the veggie and alterante the whole time works well.

Amanda Wastell
Tue, 11 Aug 2009 17:29:12 +0000

Make your babies eating time a fun ritual. Change the location of regular meals more inspiring location. Give your child complete attention and eye contact at meal times. You will get important feed back and begin to see patterns in your child's reactions.

Momofsix
Tue, 11 Aug 2009 22:19:33 +0000

*Try giving the baby a variety of foods at mealtime. If necessary, make most of them finger foods(or messy foods and just let them make a mess while eating it!) and let her/him help themselves to whatever looks most appealing. This did wonders for my niece!
*Make mealtime for baby the same as mealtime for other family members. Babies are mimickers by instict, it is how they learn the world around them. They will be more eager to eat if they see other family members doing the same thing at the same time!

Chantel
Wed, 12 Aug 2009 13:45:18 +0000

I don't have a baby, but I've always been a picky eater, so I understand what it's like to not want to eat certain foods. I think the issue is probably with the taste, so it may be better to hide the taste. I think it's best to either mash the food up into smaller pieces or to mix it into the baby's favorite food.

ara
Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:49:15 +0000

My daughter was underweight for a while. We knew she had some severe food allergies (to milk/eggs/nuts), but didn't realize that she had minor, non-severe allergies to bananas, pork, beef, oatmeal, and apples. So, we kept trying to feed her apples, bananas, and oat cereal - she didn't like it and wouldn't eat.

My recommendations:
- keep a food diary of what she does and does not eat. That way you can incorporate favorites and also notice if there are any issues with certain foods
- supplement with a doctor approved formula (we had to use a hypoallergenic formula, but any that she likes is fine) until she was 3, so we could ensure she got all nutrients
- make eating fun, do it at set times (with snacks in between) and don't force her to eat - she either does or does not
- careful of the juice - my other kids would sometimes fill up on juice and not want to eat

Karen
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 14:04:38 +0000

As long as you baby is healthy and you have confirm this with the baby's doctor, ignore other people's comment about the appearance of you baby. It is a common mistaken beleif that a baby should not look skinny. I have twins and one baby was always 0.5 to 1 kg heavier than his brother. The funny thing was that the undewight twin was always the one with the voracious appetite. However I did try to introduce more carbohydrates in my babies' diet such as bananas, Cerelac and mashed potatoes.

bel
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 20:53:08 +0000

Figure out what foods your baby enjoys, and feed them that.

Tina
Fri, 14 Aug 2009 20:42:21 +0000

What if my baby doesn't enjoy eating anything? He always enjoys eating the first three or so spoons of any new food we give them. But then he won't eat it any more.

anonymous
Fri, 14 Aug 2009 22:08:53 +0000

my son was a good eater. but then when he turned 1 he stoped eating and got underweight. my doctor said that he will eat when he wants and gain weight slowly.

carmen
Sat, 15 Aug 2009 01:35:08 +0000

The above topic will definitely help all the parents who are having problem with the Underweight child.The tips are really great especially the tips given by Jahnabi Das will work a lot.Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

raghu
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 17:35:09 +0000

My co-worker mentioned that Trader Joe has yogurt made out of whole milk rather than the low-fat yogurt found in all grocery stores. It will help boast your baby's weight a bit.

Mindy
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 21:40:53 +0000

Be careful what you feed your baby. Here is a chart of what to feed and how much to feed at various ages.

Attached File: Daily Baby & Toddler Nutrition Needs.pdf (107 KB)

anonymous
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 22:01:48 +0000

Consult your paediatrician and discuss your baby's food habits with him. Breast feeding is the best food for a baby. Change the taste and texture of food by adding carrots , beet roots and make it more attractive. When we give him/her boiled rice add some ghee.

Nisha
Mon, 17 Aug 2009 01:35:13 +0000

Divert your childs attention to whatever he/she likes to see or play and then feed him/her. Keep changing the items that your make for them to eat so that they get variety, so even if they don't eat one thing they eat the other. If your child likes one particular thing give him/her that plus an additional food item, offer the additional food item and tempt the child with the food he like. So after he finishes with what he/she has to eat they would also get the things they like!

Sangeeta
Mon, 17 Aug 2009 04:39:37 +0000

Confirm with the child's physician that he/she is truly significantly underweight for his/her age and genetics. If the child has always been small and is not falling off his developmental curve I would not worry. If the baby is still being bottle or breast fed, be sure to feed him/her any time the child demands feeding. Don't try to put a nursing baby on a schedule, especially if the baby is underweight. From my personal experience, if the child is not ill and his/her other developmental markers are appropriate for age, the child will eat when he/she is hungry. Too much worry about it and too many "tricks" may set you up for eating difficulties later.

rabbit
Mon, 17 Aug 2009 16:14:05 +0000

I had a lot of success with modeling. Sit your child at the table with you during mealtimes and allow him to share the positive experience. Give him food that he can feed himself, such as puffies (Which melt in the mouth). You an also try yogurt shakes. We had a lot of success with this!

Kari
Mon, 17 Aug 2009 21:06:59 +0000

From Experience I know that it incredibly hard to feed a baby that does not want to eat, the only real option is to feed the baby what he/she likes. My pediatrician prescribed a higher calorie formula for my son, and within a couple of weeks my son was a normal weight. If the situation worsens do not be afraid to take your child to the doctors.

Tina
Mon, 17 Aug 2009 22:33:37 +0000

It's always best to first talk with you're doctor. From what I was told, babies may be picky but they will not starve theslelves. They will eat when they are ready to. I have to slightly disagree with the mothers who are advising to only let the child eat what they like because if i left it up to my littl girl she would only eat cheerios for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The key thing for me is to make her food look fun, meaning i use bright colors and funny shapes, something that is super easy to do with her veggies! And also i do a lot of finger food! I would say it works 7.5 times out of 10 with her.

Mindy
Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:42:45 +0000

ohhh great very very helpful information

thanks

Ankit Navgwal
Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:16:10 +0000

The best way to overcome the underweight of the baby is Breast feeding, which provide proper nutrition and develops very good immune response against various diseases in baby. You can make the baby to suck on the biscuits by giving it in hand. But forcing the baby to eat wont be the solution for underweighed problems. Instead it will result in some allergies or food poisoning. Consulting the pediatrician is a best way if the baby above six months is neglecting to have solid foods

carelinsherebha
Thu, 20 Aug 2009 18:09:02 +0000

If your little one is not eating you have absolutlely identified a problem. My first thought is what is the baby trying to tell me. That is why I suggest some play time first. Interaction between you and the baby thats fun.

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