Q. Can you suggest some food to help my son gain weight?

Answered by Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 

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Hi doctor,

My son is 16 months old. He was 2.48 kg during birth. Now, he is 9.2 kg. He is taking three to four meals per day. He is also given Enfamil formula milk. But, his weight gaining is very slow. My local pediatrician has prescribed Lysiplex suspension for two months and Calcium suspension for four months. Should we start these medicines? Can you suggest some healthy food to help him gain weight?


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Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham
DNB PAEDIATRICS., MBBS
Child Health, Paediatrics

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • It is a common complaint to pediatricians from almost 90% of mothers that the child is not gaining weight appropriately.
  • It looks like your child's weight is fine when considering his birth weight. Infants triple their birth weight as they complete their first year of life. (2.5 x 3 = 7.5 kg).
  • Now your child is 16 months and weighs around 9.5 kg is a good weight. No need to worry.
  • Continue to breastfeed as long as possible (even up to 2 years). You can use formula feeds if you feel breastfeeding is inadequate.
  • Give a fruit twice per day and all types of vegetables. Feed him every 2 hourly. You can continue his calcium supplement.

For further information consult a paediatrician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/paediatrician

 
 
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