hiii.. my son is 1. 2yrs old his weight is 9. 5kg. during birth he was approx. 2. 250kg. is he underweight??He does not eat food at all.. Not even a single bite.. is it a matter of worry??plz suggest

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the weight and weight gain of the child is fine for his age. You need to limit his milk feeds and alternate them with solids. Keep a gap of minimum 2 hours between his milk feed and solid feed, so that he is hungry and accepts solids. Start with a spoon or so and gradually increase the amounts of feed according to his acceptance. Introduce only one food at a time, let him have it for 3-4 days and then introduce another food. Initially keep the consistency pouring/flowing and then thicken it according to his acceptance. Keep seasonings very mild, as babies don't generally like very strong flavours. From one year of age you should start with three meal pattern, i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner along with two snacks. You can give porridge of suji, sagi, dalia, rice flakes, ragi etc. Kheer of apple, rice etc. halwa of suji, atta, pumpkin, gajar, sweet potato etc. Khichri, upma, soft scrambled egg yolk, soups, mashed veggies, chapatti, rice,idli, dosa, uttapam,fruits etc. Give cereals like rice with dal/khichdi form, porridges, small bites of chapatti, pasta, upma, idli etc. Dals /legumes well cooked. Start with mashed and bring to regular consistency as the toddler starts chewing. Finger foods like cutlets, hard boiled eggs, small sandwiches, rolls, whole fruits. Small pieces of foods that can be handled with spoon or fork. Veg desserts like carrot /pumpkin/ghia halwa. Spinach/carrot burfi. Hope this helps.

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