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How Do You Know if Your Child is Underweight and What Do You Do

By Edited May 28, 2015 0 0

This is another scenario where parents seem to worry about weather their kids are eating too much or are they eating enough? Are they not developing fast enough or are they getting too big for their boots? Perhaps if we push them too much, they will end up with a massive problem later on in life and we will only end up blaming ourselves.

An underweight child was more of a worry back in the day because kids generally had no problem eating a hamburger and a glass of milk, but these days obesity seems to be more of a big deal so you should have less to worry about.

The fact is that some kids are built differently. This could be because of genetics. Their parents are both on the slender side and some kids for some reason don't go crazy at a birthday party with a bunch of tasty treats laid before their eyes. Most of the kids will be diving into the candy and cake, but it is the same with adults. A lot of people will not be turned on when a group of people start talking about the five course they had the night before last.

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Underweight child signs to look for

Whether your child finishes every green bean on his plate is not going to change anything. Sometimes parents become obsessed about this and it becomes almost a religion that you have to finish your veggies. What is going to happen if you don’t? In fact it just starts to cause problems in the family and will stress you out.

The thing you have to watch out for most of all is the development of your child and his or her health. After the age of two the child is settled in its growth. When they are not growing and developing as they should at this time you may want to head off to your GP or the child nurse to ask if your child is underweight.

What to do about the child underweight

Most of the time there is not a whole lot that you can do. At this age kids have a lot of energy and are burning most of what they eat off as they participate in various activities. It's easy to put on weight in the case of a child, but it is not as easy to help a child lose weight so this is something to keep in mind. If your child is eating healthily enough then you should not be stressing, but if you are worried about the development then you can think of adding some bulk.

How to feed a picky eater

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Ideas for the picky eater toddler and child

Think snack ideas - the best way to be getting through the day is by eating a five or six small meals a day. It can be an apple or a yogurt. A big plate of food in front of your child can be very off putting so smaller meals are often better and don't have to be a lot of work at the end of the day.

  • Milk drinks are great because they contain more calories. You can flavor it with something like vanilla so it is almost like a shake.
  • Too much juice for toddlers can lead to diarrhoea, especially apple and pear so be aware of this.
  • A smoothie is both healthy and delicious. Learn to make these at home with fruit, yoghurt and milk.
  • Different kinds of eggs can be introduced for some variety into the diet.
  • Dips and sauces will also add something extra, but remember to keep this healthy as well. Things like pesto and humous as well as mayonnaise are still fine. Stay away from the cheap tomato sauces.
  • Don't settle for burgers and fries at Burger King or MacDonalds. This may work, but it won't give you the results you are looking for. There is no nutrition in fast foods. It can also become an addiction.
  • Look for a balance in the meals. You should always look to find the right amount of protein, carbohydrates and fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
  • Keep foods interesting and creative. Use toppings and introduce new foods with old favorites. Use fun cutlery and crockery with wild and wacky patterns, which will keep kids entertained. They should have fun whilst they are eating.
  • Healthy puddings with a milk base are also a good idea because this will also pile on the calories.
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