Hello, My son is 1 year and 9 months old.. He was born at 9months and weighed 3 kgs at the time of birth.. He weighed close to 5-6 kgs at 6 months and that is the time we started introducing solids. He hasnt gained much weight at all. Currently he weighs 8. 3kgs however he is very active. Around 16-18 tooth have popped out, his appetite is low. It takes us close to an hour to feed him half a cup of rice sambar or ragi porridge. We had not given him cow's milk till the 17th month and have started giving him cows milk slowly in small quantities. His immunity is good and not had any fever or cold for the last 3-4 months I had approached the pedeatrician around 6 months back asking him to give some syrup which will increase his appetite. Doctor said it is not advisable to give him English medicine for appetite. For the last 1 month we are giving him 1 egg per day. His height is 79 cm. We both of his parents are not lean and also were not lean during our early years. Doctor said his head circumference is okay. I'm worried about his growth. What measures we need to take at this juncture. Is it a case of stunted growth. Will he be able to make up whatever rate of growth he has lost from his 6th month on taking utmost care on his nutrition. Thanks

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children have Food Neophobia which is a fear of new foods, which leads to a reluctance to try new foods. However, all kids grow out of it. Keep a gap of atleast 2-3 hours between each meal, so that your child is hungry enough to eat. Fix the meal times and serve food at those times only and not in between. Restrict the amount of milk to 500-550 ml in a day, so that the child would be hungry for other foods too. Serve a very small portion of a new food earlier in the day, when your little one is most energetic and the least aggressive. If you'd like your child to eat a particular food, then you should eat too. If your child isn't hungry, don't force a meal. Kids generally regulate their appetites by eating when hungry, so don’t fret. Be creative and serve a variety of brightly colored foods and cut foods into various shapes.. Make positive comments about the food you are eating, such as "this is yummy!", your toddler may be more willing to try them. Praise your toddler when he eats well, because toddlers respond positively to praise. Always serve small portions. Toddlers can be overwhelmed by big platefuls and lose their appetite. Keep trying. It’s a given fact that it may take 10 or more exposures to new foods before a child accepts them Remember that your child's eating habits won't change overnight but the small steps you take each day can help you overcome your dilemma Do read the following blog for more tips and suggestions http://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/how-to-make-your-toddler-eat-right/545 For his weight gain Use whole milk and its products like curd, paneer, cheese, buttermilk etc. Fruit yogurt made of full-fat milk, full-fat milk based puddings like rice kheer/fruit custard/vermicelli kheer/gajar halwa. Increase intake of dals/legumes ( either mashed, in soup or as khichdi, dal-roti mash, eggs (as nogs or in soups), scrambled egg with added milk/fresh malai, poultry/fish (cooked &minced or soup) Give more of fruits like mango, banana, cheeku,litchi, grapes, dates. These may be added to their milkshakes as well. Fruit smoothie especially made of banana, honey and nuts Potato, sweet potato, colocassia, yam, besides other vegetables. Boiled potato/ sweet potato with melted cheese & little butter, boiled potato with cream cheese dip, Nuts like walnuts, almonds, peanuts finely powdered. Well mashed dried fruits like raisins, dates, currants, apricots etc.

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