Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Kids' Health Kids' Health

Suggestions for Healthy Weight Gain?

Posted by on Jun. 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM
  • 19 Replies

As some of you may know, my son has always had trouble gaining and maintaining weight. We have been to many specialists, and none have an answer for his small size. Lately, he is looking more bony due to a growth spurt I'm assuming, and I'm looking for ways to 'beef him up', so to speak. Calorie dense foods, foods that he doesn't have to eat a lot of to get the benefits from, etc. He won't eat peanut butter, though. Any meal ideas? We've also tried pediasure, but the gastroenterologist took him off because she said it was ruining his appetite for actual eating.

by on Jun. 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
new_mom808
by Andrea on Jun. 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM
4 moms liked this

 Use olive oil in everything, it's healthy and higher calorie than most other oils.
Avacado can be added to nearly everything. Avacado egg salad sandwiches are a family favorite dinner in the summer time.

lovingmy4babies
by Member on Jun. 16, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I hate to admit this, but I've never eaten avocado! Can you describe what it tastes like? And the olive oil is a great idea- a heart healthy oil and one of my favorites. I didn't even think to use it like that!

Quoting new_mom808:

 Use olive oil in everything, it's healthy and higher calorie than most other oils.
Avacado can be added to nearly everything. Avacado egg salad sandwiches are a family favorite dinner in the summer time.


MusherMaggie
by Bronze Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM
3 moms liked this
Coconut oil is another--good for brain development as well. It can be added to soups, stews, and hot chocolate. Real butter. Lots of protein, which is more nutrient-dense than breads or starched. Are there other family members with his physique? Sometimes doctors are just way off base when it comes to nutrition and weight gain. If he is otherwise healthy and happy, I wouldn't worry.

Margarett RBC Zavodnyteal ribbon

lovingmy4babies
by Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM

No one in the family has this particular physique. He IS bony- you can count every rib, see his spine, collar bones showing, the whole nine yards. My MIL, who has said there's nothing wrong with him because HER baby was 18lbs at 2 and yada yada is finally saying there may be something going on, because(and these are HER words) he looks like he's getting anorexia- she knows he eats because she sees him regularly and he stays with her some on the weekends, but that's the only thing she can compare to what he looks like in her mind.

I've been saying there's something wrong since he was a baby. He never had that 'baby face' fat cheeks and such, always looked like a little old man(a cute little old man, but still). I'll try the coconut oil and try to boost his protein. He is beginning to be a picky eater, so he won't eat much meat at all. He eats a TON, but he has dropped a pound in 2 weeks, and we are not getting any help from his pedi or the specialists. The gastro people are 'done' with him, no more genetics, and the only ones left still working on his case are the endocrinology people. Even they have said they can't find any abnormalities, and his levels are all fine, but that if he has not made sufficient growth gains by August, they want to talk about hormone therapy. 

ETA: He is 6 years old and 37 lbs. He is about 2 inches shorter than his 4 year old brother. 4T clothing falls off him because his waist is so small.

Quoting MusherMaggie:

Coconut oil is another--good for brain development as well. It can be added to soups, stewed, and hot chocolate. Real butter. Lots of protein, which is more nutrient-dense than breads or starched. Are there other family members with his physique? Sometimes doctors are just way off base when it comes to nutrition and weight gain. If he is otherwise healthy and happy, I wouldn't worry.


new_mom808
by Andrea on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM

 We love avacados. They're very mild flavor. They are often a first baby food because they're the consistancy of a banana. Have you ever had guacamole?
You-Tube a video of how to open one. :)

Quoting lovingmy4babies:

I hate to admit this, but I've never eaten avocado! Can you describe what it tastes like? And the olive oil is a great idea- a heart healthy oil and one of my favorites. I didn't even think to use it like that!

Quoting new_mom808:

 Use olive oil in everything, it's healthy and higher calorie than most other oils.
Avacado can be added to nearly everything. Avacado egg salad sandwiches are a family favorite dinner in the summer time.


 

new_mom808
by Andrea on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:18 PM

 Have you had him checked for metabolic issues?

lovingmy4babies
by Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Thanks! I know how to open them, surprisingly enough, because I used to put them in my hair. I just never had the inclination to eat them. No guac either. I'm a weirdo, I know. lol

As for metabolic issues, who checks that? The gastroenterologist? I'm not sure if they did or not, but they did say that he had no issues related to his gastro-intestinal system. I'll do some research on that. I've been thinking about the way his body uses the calories and stuff he's getting. I mean, the kid eats. A lot. But it's like he is not processing it properly, so metabolic issues could be it!

Quoting new_mom808:

 We love avacados. They're very mild flavor. They are often a first baby food because they're the consistancy of a banana. Have you ever had guacamole?
You-Tube a video of how to open one. :)

Quoting lovingmy4babies:

I hate to admit this, but I've never eaten avocado! Can you describe what it tastes like? And the olive oil is a great idea- a heart healthy oil and one of my favorites. I didn't even think to use it like that!

Quoting new_mom808:

 Use olive oil in everything, it's healthy and higher calorie than most other oils.
Avacado can be added to nearly everything. Avacado egg salad sandwiches are a family favorite dinner in the summer time.


 


BHershey
by on Jun. 18, 2013 at 6:49 PM
1 mom liked this

Does he have any other health issues? weak immune system? Often times things are very interconnected. So not sure if he has any other things going on too that might be related.  

Gut health would be something to consider as well since that is where a lot of our nutrients get absorbed. I have a close friend who had weight gain issues for a long time and is finally seeing progress with turning to a very strict, "homemade everything" diet and supplementation. I know that's not easy with young kids to do all at once, but the supplementation part would be very easy to start and may give some benefits. 

Bonnie

Mom, Wife, Animal-lover, Adventurer, Health Coach

ProvenNutritionForKids.com

lovingmy4babies
by Member on Jun. 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM
1 mom liked this

Hi, Bonnie! His only other health issue is ADHD, which I have thought from the beginning was related, since I know lots of disorders like that can be related to not having enough enzymes/hormones/etc, and it is obvious(to me, at least) that he is not getting/does not have enough of something. I do make sure he eats healthy foods, too, but as you said, it's sometimes hard, especially with a picky eater.

What types of supplementation are you talking about? Right now I'm working some calorie supplementation in, just by adding cream/cheese/butter/etc to his normal foods. I want to try adding dry milk to things, but I'm concerned about his little kidneys. He's never had any problems and I certainly don't want him to start.

We've had good progress since posting this, and I even got him to try somthing new- cinnamon toast!

Quoting BHershey:

Does he have any other health issues? weak immune system? Often times things are very interconnected. So not sure if he has any other things going on too that might be related.  

Gut health would be something to consider as well since that is where a lot of our nutrients get absorbed. I have a close friend who had weight gain issues for a long time and is finally seeing progress with turning to a very strict, "homemade everything" diet and supplementation. I know that's not easy with young kids to do all at once, but the supplementation part would be very easy to start and may give some benefits. 


TiffanyD78
by New Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 7:12 AM
My family including my 12 and 3 year old drink Moringa Oleifera (from Zija). The best natural nutrition out there. 100% absorbable! My 12 year old also has ADHD and I'm starting to see improvements in him. Research Moringa and its nutritional properties and studies at www.researchmoringa.com or www.pubmed.gov.
Let me know if you need more information. :-)
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)