according to them my 4 year old is underweight and only in the 3rd percentile for weight. this really freaked me out and made me feel like a horrible parent!
she's 32 pounds and 41 inches tall. i have a feeling that if she weren't so tall (75th percentile for height) that it wouldn't be such an issue. i think the issue is she's not proportionate, she's really tall and really skinny. but i don't know what else to do, i offer her healthy foods and she eats what she eats. when she's done she's done. i can't force feed her and im not going to load her up on junk. and anytime you ask her what she wants to drink, she says water. she never drinks juice anymore and really only has milk with her cereal and occasionally with dinner. she's also very high energy and active, so her metabolism is probably awesome.
when she turned 2, wic put her on 1% milk. she's always been tall and petite, but they decided at 2 she didn't need to continue whole milk and put her on one percent. well today, they decided to upgrade her to 2%. if i want whole, ill have to get a script from her doctor in order for them to change it. so here they are, telling me my kid is underweight yet they won't just willingly hand over whole milk checks to me? what difference will 2% milk make, especially since she rarely drinks it anyway!?
im not sure what to do to help her gain weight. she's not picky when it comes to food, she will eat if she's hungry but that's the thing, only if she's hungry. she'll try anything. i don't see this 2% milk making a huge difference in her weight. any suggestions? how big is your 4 year old?
im also told today that my 11 month old is anemic! her iron is 9 something when it should be atleast 11. 2 steps down doesn't seem like the word anemic should be thrown out but i guess they flip if the iron's not atleast 11. anyway with her, she eats everything we eat. we eat red meat about twice a week, which is what they suggested i do. so obviously that's not going to help. she eats plenty of fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C that will help absorb the iron, so again, nothing i can do there. they did suggest beans, so maybe a serving of beans a day will bring it up. any other iron improving suggestions?
i feel like such a bad mom today. atleast my 2 year old is healthy according to wic?
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