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What can i do for my son who is gaining weight?

my son who is 6 years old weighs 100 pounds and his pediatrician seems to think it is ok. he is going to stretch out she keeps saying. he gained about 40 pounds in 6 months. i asked her to check his thyroid and she said no, we also have diabetes in our family and im just concerned. He has asthma and Im scared to let him join any sports as he was born with congenital heart disease.........what do you suggest?

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Asked by selaranda at 12:15 PM on Apr. 21, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I would see another doctor. That is a rapid amount of weight gain and doesn't seem normal under any circumstance.


    Answer by skittles1108 at 12:16 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Find another doctor!

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 12:18 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Serve him small helpings of healty food and do not buy snack foods or soda. Make sure he doesn't eat junk ever and no eating between meals. If that doesn't help, see another doctor. At age six he shouldn't weigh 100 pounds. My twin grandaughters who are 13 weigh less than that. WOW.

    Answer by minnesotanice at 12:18 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Heart failure can cause weight gain, I would see another doctor,, that is WAY more weight than a child should put on in a six month time frame,, please call another doctor for you son's sake.

    Answer by kimigogo at 12:19 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • 40 lbs in 6 months is not normal for any person at any age. If he has a heart issue anyway, he desperately needs to be seen by a/his cardiologist ASAP.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:19 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Get a second opinion! With asthma and heart problems, plus the risk of diabetes, that needs to get addresses ASAP!! Good Luck :)

    Answer by Amomand4kids at 12:20 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Get a second opinion quickly.

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 12:22 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Get another doctor! Since she refused to check the thyroid I would get a doctor who actually listens to u!

    Answer by dancer at 12:23 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Get a second opinion! And put him on a strict and healthy food program. No kid should be gaining that much weight, nor any kid for that matter. DO NOT take him to McD's or any fast food, ever!

    Answer by NikkiVan1 at 12:36 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • See another doctor. Get his thyroid checked. Limit sugary/fattening snacks and drinks. Work on portion control. Find some sorts of physical exercise that have minimal impact with asthma. Good Luck to him.

    Answer by meooma at 12:55 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

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