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high calorie diet..... help plz. for 18 month old

Dr. Reccomends a high fat diet. What can I change? He already eats avocados, peanutbutter, pasta, rice, yogurt, cheese, and cottage cheese. He eats small servings and THEN is done. What more can I do??


Asked by sassy_brizzy at 2:25 PM on Jul. 20, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Cook everything in butter (real butter), offer small meals rather then large meals, frequent snacks throughout the day (healthy fatty foods), pediasure, carnation instant breakfast, fattening dips go along way, keep encouraging no negative reactions towards his eating habits, just keep trying. My oldest was 16lbs at 18 months and at 7yrs he's 43lbs and we still struggle with his weight but he has a medical history in regards. DD is 2 1/2yrs and 21lbs. I'm tiny (5' 93lbs) their pediatrician believes it's completely genetic! Their GI dr believes the same but gave us those suggestions.

    Answer by babyblue21 at 2:37 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • He's been underweight all his life. He's 18 months and 23lbs. HE hasn't gained any in 3 months. He doesn't like beef but likes tofu and fish and chicken.

    Comment by sassy_brizzy (original poster) at 2:27 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • mashed potatoes with lots of butter (real butter not the fake stuff)
    deep fried foods like get a small deep frier and make chicken nuggets, fries, etc in it for him.

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 2:28 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • I had to do that with my daughter. I got her into tortias filled with cheese and sausage or whatever meat you child likes. I also did breakfast berritos It has scrambeld eggs cheese sausage or bacon or both potatoes and gray in a tortia.

    Answer by crazylilvixen at 2:34 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • is he tall? or is the doc recommending he gain weight. that weight doesn't sound bad. i'm sure my daughter was about that or less when she was 18 mo. old. at 2 1/2+ she is only 27 lbs....she had a growth and eating spurt the last 4-6 months. i would just continue with a balanced diet, higher calorie diet as you are already doing. offer whole milk instead of juice. i wouldn't let him farm (eating whenever). i would offer the 3 major meals with a snack in between and before bedtime. make sure snacks aren't too close to meals. if he still only picks at meals, eliminate or shrink the snack and focus on a big meal?!? I know if my daughter hasn't snacked and goes into the meal hungry, she'll eat A LOT more! i'm drawing a total blank on any more high calorie foods, argh!

    Answer by michellelvs4 at 2:41 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • My son is almost 18 months and weighs 23lbs and his doctor says he is just fine. I would get a second opinion...

    Answer by ABusyBee at 2:53 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • Lotsa butter. Add olive oil in whatever you can.

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 3:47 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • i'd probably get a 2nd opinion too. i definitely wouldn't start deep frying everything and offer unhealthy foods like some have suggested. you don't want to set it up for him to have heart problems in the future. idk what i would do because it sounds like you are doing great, & my 2 year old won't hardly eat much either and idk what i'd do if a dr said i needed to get hiim to eat more. seems sooo much easier said than done from my experience!!!

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 4:15 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • I'd get a 2nd opinion on his weight. My 20 month old weighs 23 lbs and he's perfectly healthy. As long as your son is eating a well balanced healthy diet and not losing weight, doesn't really sound like there is a problem.

    Answer by missanc at 8:33 PM on Jul. 20, 2010

  • I agree with the others about getting a second opinion.

    Answer by EveMomToThree at 11:18 PM on Jul. 20, 2010