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Old 01-06-2018, 01:16 PM   #1
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The kid won't grow :/

Addilyn is just not gaining well at all. I am going to talk to her doctor about it, but I want to wait until after flu season if I can. We already do stuff like butter in the veggies, high calorie foods, etc. I am starting to look for a supplement. I tried vanilla toddler formula this week, she will not drink it at all. She only likes whole milk in her cereal. I am thinking of trying pediasure, but I'm not thrilled with that option, and it's so pricy. I may call and see if they will send a sample. What else should I try? I know there are more things like that but it's been a while and my memory is failing.

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Will she drink smoothies? You could hide lots of good full fat foods in a yummy smoothie.
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Two of mine were slow growers and very thin. I just kept pushing high fat foods. If she likes peanut butter you can make a peanut butter shake
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You can put high calorie supplement mix in pancakes
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Sorry you're going through this

Does she eat a normal toddler amount and still not grow, or is she picky/sensory/etc. ? Is she your bio? I seem to think you were about to adopt your two boys. I had four kids with growth issues. One, from 6-12 months he did not gain, we did all the good fatty foods like you're doing but it took a while since he was only just learning to eat anyway, pediatrician did lots of testing (nutritionist consult said he was consuming what he should) and he had an organic acid slightly off so we saw a specialist, but by that time he was 14 months and had started gaining, had a different organic acid off but since he was gaining they let us go and he kept gaining well. Two, preemie newborn addicted--enough said and she corrected fine. Three, my breastfed 9 month old--pediatrician wanted us to do a breastmilk fortifier, but the pharmacy could not obtain it, it turned out I was pregnant again (plus the stress of fostering a newborn and toddler in addition to my 4 at the time) so I did put her on formula and foods and she did better. Four, 1.5 yo living with food insecurity we fattened up in two months. One new idea presented to me during this time was colostrum. My local raw cow milk guy mentioned it, and the concept seems logical but some people mentioned that it is "meant" for body builders. I took that to mean there are commercially available colostrum supplements, but yeah building his body was exactly what we were trying to do! And we all know the original purpose of colostrum. Some other milk ideas we tried with that child: goats' milk is higher fat than cows', and not all cows' whole milk is equal either. Jerseys are known for higher fat content, and I believe guernseys as well, not sure what else. If store milk is your preference/availablility, add some heavy cream right into her whole milk. Being over age one makes it easy to consider making a homemade formula, such as the recipe at Westin A. Price/Nourishing Traditions. Or at least the parts of the recipe that would benefit your particular situation and/or the parts you can get away with without her rejecting it!
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Re: The kid won't grow :/

My oldest has a wheat sensitivity. When she started to really eat solids, and more wheat, she almost stopped growing. At a year she was in the 95th for height and 25th for weight. At her 2 year check-up, she was barely on the chart for either (like, 5th and 3rd). Found she had a wheat sensitivity, cut most of it out, and she started growing again. I think the wheat sensitivity was preventing her body from properly absorbing nutrition. So, something to consider.

Another something to consider, if you're looking for higher calorie foods, is to get good quality collagen and start adding it to things.

Oh, and I wouldn't do just higher fat, but higher protein, as well.
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Re: The kid won't grow :/

I add protein powder to our pancake mix. It takes a couple tries to get the consistency correct. I've also added it to biscuit dough, which was easier. Coconut oil is great for adding healthy fat. Can you cook her meat and veggies in it? Add it to pancakes or a smoothie? There is some that doesn't have the flavor, but we love the flavor on fried chicken here. Just make sure it's good quality, cold pressed, organic if available. (And I don't buy into organic at all, but it does make a difference with coconut oil.)
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Oh and will she drink chocolate milk at all? Not with syrup, but with the powder mix? It has added protein in it.
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Will she drink smoothies? You could hide lots of good full fat foods in a yummy smoothie.
She will drink smoothies but she also just eats full fat stuff. I am thinking about smoothies with some sort of supplemental something but I don't know what.

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Two of mine were slow growers and very thin. I just kept pushing high fat foods. If she likes peanut butter you can make a peanut butter shake
She LOVES peanut butter and eat is all the time.

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You can put high calorie supplement mix in pancakes
Got a particular suggestion for the supplement?

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Sorry you're going through this

Does she eat a normal toddler amount and still not grow, or is she picky/sensory/etc. ? Is she your bio? I seem to think you were about to adopt your two boys. I had four kids with growth issues. One, from 6-12 months he did not gain, we did all the good fatty foods like you're doing but it took a while since he was only just learning to eat anyway, pediatrician did lots of testing (nutritionist consult said he was consuming what he should) and he had an organic acid slightly off so we saw a specialist, but by that time he was 14 months and had started gaining, had a different organic acid off but since he was gaining they let us go and he kept gaining well. Two, preemie newborn addicted--enough said and she corrected fine. Three, my breastfed 9 month old--pediatrician wanted us to do a breastmilk fortifier, but the pharmacy could not obtain it, it turned out I was pregnant again (plus the stress of fostering a newborn and toddler in addition to my 4 at the time) so I did put her on formula and foods and she did better. Four, 1.5 yo living with food insecurity we fattened up in two months. One new idea presented to me during this time was colostrum. My local raw cow milk guy mentioned it, and the concept seems logical but some people mentioned that it is "meant" for body builders. I took that to mean there are commercially available colostrum supplements, but yeah building his body was exactly what we were trying to do! And we all know the original purpose of colostrum. Some other milk ideas we tried with that child: goats' milk is higher fat than cows', and not all cows' whole milk is equal either. Jerseys are known for higher fat content, and I believe guernseys as well, not sure what else. If store milk is your preference/availablility, add some heavy cream right into her whole milk. Being over age one makes it easy to consider making a homemade formula, such as the recipe at Westin A. Price/Nourishing Traditions. Or at least the parts of the recipe that would benefit your particular situation and/or the parts you can get away with without her rejecting it!
She is a bio. 21.5 months, and she weighs 19 pounds with clothes and cloth diaper. :/ She didn't grow great while she was nursing either and I ended up putting her on formula at 6 months old.

She is pickier than the rest of mine but all in all still eats ok. I think she eats a totally normal amount for a toddler. She eats all kinds of meat, fruit, bread, dairy except actual milk, eggs/nuts, and crunchy raw veggies. She does not like mushy textures (like hot cereal, mashed potatoes, etc) and does not like cooked veggies.

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My oldest has a wheat sensitivity. When she started to really eat solids, and more wheat, she almost stopped growing. At a year she was in the 95th for height and 25th for weight. At her 2 year check-up, she was barely on the chart for either (like, 5th and 3rd). Found she had a wheat sensitivity, cut most of it out, and she started growing again. I think the wheat sensitivity was preventing her body from properly absorbing nutrition. So, something to consider.

Another something to consider, if you're looking for higher calorie foods, is to get good quality collagen and start adding it to things.

Oh, and I wouldn't do just higher fat, but higher protein, as well.
Ugh. I'm scared we've got something like this going and I don't want more of that. 3 of our kids are GF. But all 3 had very noticeable issues before they went gluten free.

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Oh and will she drink chocolate milk at all? Not with syrup, but with the powder mix? It has added protein in it.
You know, I haven't tried that. Maybe I will get some.
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You could add protein powder to a smoothie or even a milkshake.
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