weight issue

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Hi my daughter is 6 month old and she is underweight. What should i give her for proper weight gain

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| Mar 30, 2018

hi Kumud. #1. Breastmilk  For babies, below 6 months of age, sufficient breast milk is the only way to gain weight. Breastmilk is the most nutritious, healthy, balanced and superfood for your baby to gain weight.  in the proper proportions. Breastmilk can be easily digested, so your baby will rarely have constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach problems. If your baby has sufficient breast milk supply, it will help it to gain weight. It is the perfect food for your baby. It is always recommended to keep your newborn only on breastmilk until he/she is six months old. And, after the six months, you can start with the semi-solid and solid foods along with breast milk. Consult your doctor or lactation experts if you have any nursing issues. Foods for 6 to 9 months baby to weight gain #2 Banana Bananas is an excellent source of natural energy, a single banana provides 100+ calories. Bananas are high in carbohydrates, potassium, dietary fibre, Vitamins C and B6. Bananas are the `quick energy providers and are easy to grab and eat. It makes easy to feed your baby while you are traveling or outside your home. Just carry 1-2 bananas and give it to your child to eat. You can start introducing the banana to your baby after six months of age. You can try banana in smoothies, shakes, cakes or puddings. #3 Desi Ghee (Clarified Butter) Ghee is a clarified form of butter having high nutritional value. Desi Ghee is one of the best food source for weight gain in babies. Like, you can start with adding few drops of ghee while preparing khichdi for your child and increasing the quantity as per the requirement. As fat content in ghee is really high so please be moderate in its usage for your baby. You can make ghee from milk at home also. Just add a little amount of ghee to dal, porridge, chapati, paratha or sabzi for your baby. #4 Ragi Ragi is a very nutritious and healthy millet. Ragi is also known as finger millet, ‘Nachni’. It is one of the best weight gaining food. Ragi is rich in calcium, protein, iron, dietary fiber, Vitamins B1, B2 and other minerals, which are required for your baby’s development. Ragi is easily digestible by the baby. It is advised to include ragi in the diet of your child. For babies, you can prepare ragi cereal or porridge. For toddlers, you can prepare ragi porridge, ragi dosa, ragi idlis, ragi roti, ragi ladoos, ragi cake and cookies. #5 Whole cream yogurt Whole cream yogurt is a healthy option for children to gain weight. Yogurt provides required amount of fat and nutritious calories that help your baby to gain weight. It is also a rich source of calcium, vitamins, and minerals. Yogurt is easy to digest for your child. It helps to improve the immune system and work as a remedy in loose motions and gastric troubles. Most of the pediatricians recommend to start introducing yogurt to the babies after 7-8 months of age. Please note that you should avoid the cow’s milk for your baby before one year of age. Your baby’s tummy cannot digest the high levels of protein present in cow’s milk. But in case of yogurt, it is a fermented milk product. During this fermentation process, bacteria present in curd break down milk protein and make it easy to digest by your baby’s tummy. Please avoid buying flavored yogurts available in the market as they have high sugar content in them. You can prepare curd rice, smoothies and buttermilk for your child. You can also try the fruit-flavored curd for your child. #6 Oats Oats are rich in fiber and dietary nutrients and are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is a good source of iron, magnesium, zinc, thiamine and phosphorous. Oats are easy to digest for the babies and prevent constipation and inconsistent bowel movements. It can be a healthy breakfast option for your child to gain weight. You can prepare oats porridge, oats pancakes, dosa, oats kheer and oats cookies. For making oats pancakes and dosa, you just need to make ground oatmeal by grinding oats in the food processor. #7 Potato Starchy foods like potatoes are rich in carbohydrates. Potatoes are a good source of vitamins like C and B6, minerals like phosphorus, manganese and are low in calories. Add potatoes, rice and other starchy foods to your baby’s diet. Potato makes an excellent first food for babies. Potatoes are mashable, easy to digest and the least allergenic food. In Indian cuisine, potatoes are used in variety of foods, especially in vegetables and curries. So it’s very easy to introduce the potatoes in your child’s diet. Potatoes are usually kid’s favourite as a vegetable and snack. Children love to eat it without any fuss. My son loves to eat french fries and it is known as the finger food for kids. But, avoid giving the market frozen potato fries because it has too many preservatives. #8 Sweet Potatoes (Shakarkandi) You can introduce sweet potato as a very first food to your 6 months baby. Sweet potato is one of the most nutritious foods, easy to mash and digest. Also, it is healthy and tasty. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamin A (beta carotene), vitamin C, copper, manganese and vitamin B6. Also, they are a good source of potassium, magnesium, dietary fiber, phosphorus and are low in saturated fat. Sweet potatoes can be given to your baby as boiled and mashed. You can also prepare sweet potato with milk, sweet potato khichdi, sweet potato pancakes, soups and halwa (for toddlers). #9 Pulse Pulses are high in calories and help your baby to gain healthy weight. For your 6+ months baby, you can start moong dal soup or dal ka pani as their first food. Moong dal and toor dal are easy in digestion and are a really healthy option for your child. Pulses are rich in nutrients, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Pulses are low in fat and high in fibre. You can introduce dals in multiple forms to your child’s food. Dal khichdi, dal soup, dal chilla, dal halwa. You can use urad dal to prepare dal, dosa and idli as well. #10 Avocado Avocados are rich in healthy fat and dietary fibre. They also provide essential minerals and vitamins. You can give avocado to your baby after 6 months of age. Start with the avocado puree or mashed avocado for babies. For kids, you can add avocado in shakes, smoothies and desserts like ice creams. #11 Khichdi It’s a combination of pulses, rice and ghee, which provides protein, carbohydrates, fat, fibre, calcium, vitamins and minerals. Khichdi is a one-bowl meal that has a perfect balance of nutrients. You can start feeding your baby khichdi after 6 months of age. Perfect blend of pulses, rice and ghee make it a healthy choice to feed your baby hope this will help u..

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