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ok so my son is 2 1/2 and is just geting taller and skinner, at one yrs old he was 22.5 lbs 33in long at his 2 yr checkup he was 24lbs even and 36 in. the dr. asked all kinds of questions did some lab work but not much, im not sure what tests he ran, and then said he was fine, small but healthy. so last week we had a wic appointment and he was 23.2 lbs 37in and they gave me a really hard time about his weight
he is a very picky eater, but i always just figured he would eat if he was hungry
do you think i should be worried? is he too small?
Ooo - our sons are the same age (dec 05) so I can compare... My DS is thin, but not FTT, and he's about 26-27 pounds right now (I'm mostly here for his sister who was FTT). Between his 18 month and 2 year appt he gained in height, but nada in weight - so similar situation to you. The ped said to just try to boost his calorie intake by giving ensure or pediasure drinks or mixing carnation instant breakfast into his milk. Give whole milk instead of lowfat, add butter to things, stop being so 'no sugar allowed' etc. We did all that and went back in three months and he had gained an appropriate amount. Its really hard to get him to eat right now. I think it's a normal toddler thing though - they are just too busy playing to want to stop to eat and they have slowed down the rapid growth that occurs from 0-18 months so don't need as much food. But try making meals fun - that's how we get him to eat more. Cut sandwiches into little cubes and put toothpicks in each. Cut food with cookie cutters to make shapes. Use bargaining - we often say if he eats 2 bites of chicken he can have more water or whatever. Try to give higher fat foods, etc. Snacks throughout the day seem to help him too rather than just three square meals - and I don't mean to give cookies, etc, but give a snack of say yogurt or fruit or crackers with peanut butter or such.
What does your ped say about what WIC thinks?
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Hi! My middle DD is around the same age (born 01/26/07). Honestly, I wouldn't worry about what WIC says. I would talk to the pedi first. My DD is around 35inches and 16lbs 3oz (definitely FTT). WIC said that my 1 year old was also underweight...ummmmm you should see the fat rolls on this kid. She's super short though and they weren't taking the height into acct. Anyway - I know that around this age 2-4 they tend to slow in weight gain due to them being soooooooo active. However; if you (and the pedi) are worried about him being too thin you could look at some of the ideas in the sticky about increasing calories.
Good luck - let us know what the pedi says.