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My oldest daughter just turned 5 this month and has always had weight gaining issues. She was small at birth 5lbs 1oz and always grew slow but the pediatrician never felt there was a real problem. She is just small we were told. By 6 months she was only 12lbs. At a year she was 12lbs4oz. I knew something was wrong and we were told to add calories to her breastmilk. We did and she started to gain a little weight. At 18 months she was 15lbs. I was concerned but the pedi said as long as she is growing she will be fine. She has always been a picky eater. In the last year she has grown 3" and only gained a pound. She is only 25lbs at 5. We went to a new pedi who is also concerned and has labeled her FTT. She has alot of food allergies, cant have dairy, or gluten. So feeding her is very hard. She eats some but is a very picky.
Julie, mama Sadie (5) and preemie triplets Sydney, Sabrina, and Shannon born May 28th 2007 ~15 weeks
Hi, welcome to the board. It sure does sound like it's hard to find things for her to eat. Have you checked out the food allergy board here? They may have some ideas for new food items. Hope to see you around.
I'm surprised the first doctor wasn't more concerned about the 4 oz gain from 6 to 12 months! A lot of people tell me not to worry about my daughter because she was also born small (5lbs 9 oz at full term), but my doctor shares my concerns. We are doing early interventions before she gets close to any sort of diagnosis or thresshold where she'd need a lot of tests run.
It must be hard to feed a kid who has allergies AND is picky. I agree with Lisa and suggest you check out the food allergy board. They might be able to give you new ideas. I don't know much about introducing new foods to a 5 year old, but I know with my 1 year old, I just keep putting the new food over and over and over on her plate for weeks until she finally decides to give it a try. Sometimes they are too stubborn for their own good, but hopefully they come around.
Rosalie, Mommy to Anna (05/06) and Thomas (10/08)