My son is 16 months, 17 on the 13th. He's been off of formula since 12 months but he's just not gaining weight. He's definitely getting taller but I can see the bones in his chest and his spine. He eats constantly, gets breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks in between like pretzels, popcorn, cheese cubes, and the Jr. Lunchables. I bought him Pediasure but he hates it, he'll take one drink and shake his head no. He only gets juice in his sippy during the day and milk in it at nap and bedtime. I got him some gummy bear vitamins that he likes too. I was just wondering if I could put him back on formula so that he can gain some weight. He's about 21 pounds still.Answer Question
I did that for my daughter but she wasn't eating. The formula ended up getting her constipated, so now I just make her smoothies with peanut butter (or almond butter, or sunflower seed butter). They add extra calories and protein. My dd will be six in June.... she weighs 26 pounds. We use a nutritionist and her PCP follows her diet and weight gain.
My son on the other hand is quite the eater but doesn't grow as fast as my friends kids are growing. But he is quite healthy and developing ts fine. He will be 4 on the 13th and he weighs 30 pounds. We've never had to supplement him in any way. He's just a little guy.
I would recommend taking your son to his doctor, or even the local health department and see what they say about adding extra calories to your son's diet. It may not be necessary for your son.
Answer by VeronicaLee at 9:56 AM on May. 3, 2009
oh yeah... one other thing that comes to mind....
Each of my kids have gone through growth spurts where they grow taller and not wider. Then they put on weight until its time for them to grow taller again. They look like they are getting thinner, but really they aren't, and its nothing to worry about.
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