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    Growth & Development

    What to do if my toddler is underweight

    Written on 18 May 2021

    Expert Verified

    Dt. Mansi Goyal

    Specializes in Critical Gestational Diabetes, PCOS Patients - BSC| MSC (Home Science, Food & Nutrition)

    Well, we're pretty sure that you'd do anything that it takes to keep your baby healthy and to grow! Mothers always only want to feed their children, almost all the time. If your baby is underweight, it becomes incredibly stressful for you to handle it because you start feeling guilty about whether you are doing your job the right way or not. But before diving into such conclusions, you must be sure whether your baby is actually underweight or not.

    When is your child qualified as Underweight?

    The doctor will consider your baby's growth pattern and height and weight since your baby was born. All these numbers are then put on a growth chart, and your pediatrician will now tell you whether your baby is growing well or not.

    Ways to help your toddler gain weight the healthy way:

    Here is a list of some elementary solutions that you can follow to ensure that your toddler gains weight!

    1. Increase the calorie count in the meal

    Getting your baby to eat more food when he's already ignoring food isn't ideally the best option. However, what can be done is that you introduce a high-calorie diet that is nutritious as well. This way, your baby gets the proper nutrition and puts on weight as well. Full-fat dairy products like cream cheese, paneer, milk puddings are a few options.

    1. Set a routine for your toddler's mealtime.
      It is best to set a routine for your baby as early in life as possible. This will help you monitor your baby's eating habits and fix a proper timetable for your baby. A routine will also ensure that hunger strikes your child at the right time, and hence, he'd be able to eat correctly at every meal.

    1. Make sure that a relaxed atmosphere is created for your baby.

    Today's life has become so hectic that we can't focus on one thing at one point, no matter how much we want. Kids are easily distracted if they find something attractive, like screens. Anything that could divert your child from eating should be kept away. Similarly, if you keep all your work and distractions aside too, it creates a peaceful environment for your baby to concentrate on his food.

    1. Try some weight gain supplements.

    On the pediatrician’s advice, some weight gain supplements for your toddler can be a good idea. Vitamin A, C, and D are the most crucial vitamin supplements that your child should be getting at this age.

    1. Healthy Snacks

    Don't ban snacks completely. Junk can be prohibited, but instead of junk snacks, healthy options such as granola bars, peanut crackers, etc., can be given to ensure that your child gets attracted to food!

    If done the right way, there is nothing in this world that a mother can't do! Making sure that your baby gains weight is just another thing if you'd let it be!

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    Specializes in Critical Gestational Diabetes, PCOS Patients - BSC| MSC (Home Science, Food & Nutrition)
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