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My 8 years old son is underweight

Aanchal
7 to 11 years

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Updated on Jun 03, 2015

Hi, I'm really worried for my 8 years old son's health. He weighs 20 kg only. He is a fussy eater and doesn't loves to eat healthy food. He just love french fries, potato wedges and anything which has potato. Pls suggest how can i help him in putting some weight.

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Parentune Support

| Jun 03, 2015

Thanks to all for your suggestions.

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Kritika

| Jun 03, 2015

Hi Aanchal To maximize healthy gains for your 8 yr old, try the following tips. Add healthy calories. Without radically changing your diet, you can increase the calorie intake with each meal by adding nut or seed toppings, cheese and healthy side dishes. Try almonds, sunflower seeds, fruit or whole-grain wheat toast. Go nutrient dense. Instead of including a lot of empty calories and junk food, focus on serving foods that are rich in nutrients. Consider high-protein meats, which can help build muscle. Also, choose nutritious carbohydrates, such as brown rice and other whole grains. This helps ensure thar body is receiving as much nourishment as possible, even if dealing with a reduced appetite. Snack away. Enjoy snacks that contain plenty of protein and healthy carbohydrates. Consider options like trail mix, protein bars or drinks, and crackers with hummus or peanut butter. Also enjoy snacks that contain “good fats,” which are important for a healthy heart. Examples include nuts and avocados. Provide mini-meals. If he is struggling with a curbed appetite due to medical or emotional issues, taking in large portions of food may not seem appealing. Consider providing smaller meals throughout the day to increase the calorie intake. Before beginning any major weight gain program, be sure to consult your family doctor. Being underweight may indicate an underlying health issue, which won’t be corrected by diet changes. Your physician also will be able to help you track your progress and make sure that healthy changes are taking place.

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Parentune Support

| Jun 03, 2015

Aanchal You must read this blog too- https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/health-hazards-of-french-fries/388

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Parentune Support

| Jun 03, 2015

Aanchal, here is a blog for you- https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/holiday-snacking-made-healthy/224

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Aanchal

| Jun 03, 2015

Thanks Geetika.. But i give him juice and french fries thinking that something is better than nothing. I have tried these supplements but he doesn't like the taste of that. I would like to try some healthy snacks recipe. Could you pls suggest any.

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Geetika

| Jun 03, 2015

Hi Aanchal, As you mentioned your child is a fussy eater,you should consult a doctor who may recommend a high-calorie supplement drink. These supplements taste like milkshakes and provide additional vitamins and minerals that your child may be missing out on. Make sure that your child isn't filling up on beverages like juices or even milk so that he's not hungry for meals. Try to limit juice to no more than one cup a day and milk to no more than two cups a day. While you'll be eager to check on his progress, don't start subjecting your child to regular weigh-ins at home, because they may make him anxious and self-conscious about his weight. However, your doctor may want to see your child once a month to monitor his progress. Treat these visits like any other to the doctor, and don't make a big deal about the weigh-in process.

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Parentune Support

| Jun 03, 2015

Hi Aanchal You may find this blog helpful- https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/help-my-child-is-underweight/381

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