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Old 01-24-2011, 09:08 PM   #1
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Mamas of "skinny" babes i need your advice

I have a wonderful 18mth old and 21lb son whose weight is a concern to the doctors and frankly worries me a bit. At birth he weighed 7lbs 4oz. No known medical issues.I exclusively breast fed him until around 11mths. During those months he gained weight rapidly until 9mths (12mths clothes size). He slowed down on his weight gain. At 10mths started "walking" balance was quite a bit off and didn't take more than a handful of steps at a time. Took him to the chiroprator hips were out. walked much better and has since. Sorry for the long winded explaination but i want to make sure i give any and all details i can. At 12 mths he was a mere 19lbs even. Since then he has only gained 2lbs. The doctor was concerned at 12mths and ask me "what does he eat?" to which i replied EVERYTHING. Any thing and everything i have given him with the exception of lemons and olives has been consumed by my little black hole. He is NOT a picky eater. One of his first words was "chip" which he called goldfish crackers. He eats all fruits and veggies no problem and actually prefers them, Favorite foods are: Apples and Peas. The doc then scheduled a 14mth appointment to discuss his weight then 20lbs. Still he asked me "what does he eat?" this time with a discerning tone in his voice. Again i rattled off everything, oatmeal w/ blueberries for breakfast, apple for snack, broccoli rice and chicken for lunch, nap, dinner is usually a pasta w/ veggies that my husband made. (I work for 5hrs at night so i miss dinner w/ them) So now here we are at his 18mth appointment a doctor who again asks me "what does he eat?" the doctors voice is very disapproving by now and he seems to look at me like i don't beleive you.
My question to all the mamas of "skinny" babes is am i warranted in worrying? I could use any advice, recipes of hearty foods, or even your stories.

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Old 01-24-2011, 09:19 PM   #2
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Some babies are just skinny. There's not a lot you can do about it. My DD has been in the 25th percentile for weight most of her life and our pediatrician thankfully hasn't nagged us or even said anything about it being on the low end. She super tall and that only makes her look skinnier (has been above the 90th and sometimes above the 95th percentile for height her whole life). Is it possible to switch Docs? I'd look into it if I were you. My sister has a daughter the same age as mine (born 6 days after, and born a month early) and she is super tiny, both short and skinny (wearing size 9 mos. at 15 months old). She's healthy as can be though and her older brother was also just really little baby. If you aren't seeing any red flags and you know he's doing fine developmentally, then I wouldn't worry. Check with other friends IRL who have skinny babies and see who their pediatricians are. Maybe you can find one who's more understanding by asking around.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:24 PM   #3
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Re: Mamas of "skinny" babes i need your advice

I'm not sure that I would be super concerned. Is he hitting all other milestones? What's his percentile for weight. And has he been following the curve?

My son was 6lbs. 6 oz. at birth, somewhere near 13lbs. at 6 months and I think around 18ish at 12 months. I can't remember his 18 month stats, but I know that at his 2 yr. he was only 24lbs. and change. He's now just starting to bulk up again and is around 28lbs. at 2.5 years old.

It sounds like he eats just fine. Make sure that all his dairy and things like that are full fat. Full fat yogurt (greek is great for extra protein as well), whole fat milk, cheese, etc.

Sorry that I don't have much advice for you. Hopefully other moms of skinny minnies will chime in as well

A pic of my son at 12 months (18ish lbs. I think)


And a few months ago at 2yrs. 4 months (around 27lbs.) - My mother in law made him this suit and still we had to buy suspenders since the pants would fall off otherwise
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:32 PM   #4
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If he is really that concerned he can order tests to find out if there is any thing out of wack (not saying that like I don't believe you but more of a smart a$$ type of way toward him).
My son stopped gaining weight a year ago and has only gained 4 lbs in almost a year. They watch him carefully and have ordered tests to check his bicarbonate levels. There can be some issues and it show up on blood tests but the DR has to be knowledgeable enough to know what tests he's ordering.

So, ds is in 4 (it was 5) different therapies now because of developmental delay, although he is almost back on track. I have learned a lot in regards to help him gain weight.

add heavy whipping cream to his milk (we buy ensure plus and add it to this)
add chocolate, vanilla or strawberry syrup for extra calories
lay off the juice, you will get more wholesome calories from the nutritional supplements
don't let him fill up on liquids
add butter to his food (they need fats for brain development)
you can also try caro syrup for added calories
oh sheesh...there is so much more but my brain is fried right now. that should at least get you started.

ds is in the 5th and less percentile for height and 10-25th for weight and has been for the past year. He has sensory issues and low tone in his jaw and had trouble chewing his food therefore put himself on a liquid diet by protesting everything i put in front of him to eat. we see the developmental specialist every 3-6 months to follow his weight progress (or lack there of).

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Old 01-24-2011, 09:35 PM   #5
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My son is also very thin (being in about the 5th weight percentile since birth, born at 39wks). He is 22 months and weighs 23 lbs. Our pediatrician is not concerned (I am the one that has asked about it ). She says that as long as he is following the "curve" and is reaching his milestones he is fine. He is a healthy busy boy (although very picky)!
I looked back at my and my sibling's baby books and saw that all of us were light weights. It seems to run in my family
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My skinny minnie is 21lbs and 2 years old - we've been trying to get him to gain weight like crazy. I would agree with all of the above....another staple in our son's diet is avocado. He loves them and they are chock full of good healthy fats. We also do pediasure for his only liquid intake so everything that goes in his mouth is calorie-rich. Good luck, mama!!
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I appreciate all the posts so far. I did forget to mention he drinks 5 gallons of milk a week. Trying to switch to water so we can lay off the dairy at least a little. We are trying to reduce meat and dairy as of last week. We are not even on the charts for weight but he is in 95th percentile for height (32in tall). He is hitting his milestones and has been right on or ahead on speech (50+ words said by age 1) small motor skills (pincher fingers, holding toys, etc..), and large motor (walking, running, walking up steps, etc..).
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mine's almost two - the profile pic is from this summer, probably around 18 months and about 21 lbs. some babies are just skinny
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Re: Mamas of "skinny" babes i need your advice

My baby is a small child. He was 6lb 15oz at birth at 9 month appointment was 17 lbs 8 oz. He's in the 5th percentile for weight and doesn't make it on chart for height. I've always been concerned about his height/weight, pediatrician is not because his height/weight ratio is 75%. my DH was a tiny kid. This has been a learning experience for me because I was a chunky baby (and adult). I think it's hard for those of us that have small/skinny babies because you see all the huge kids. I agree with pp if he is off in some way they should run diagnostics.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:37 PM   #10
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Re: Mamas of "skinny" babes i need your advice

Look back at your family history and your partner's family history. Were there any small babes? WHat about any siblings of yours or his? Are you more petite?

My children all were a wide range of sizes at birth, 3# 7.2oz, 3#7.9, 6.5# 8#, my first 2 were wee to begin with, but at a year old were 16#, and then at 18 months just over 20#. My DD (#3 child) she was a bitty babe still (6.5#) and she at a year old was just over 20# and at 18 months old, she was like 24ish#, and then my youngest DD was the biggest babe I had, and she gained weight like crazy and was HUGE. At 4 months old that child was 14# and at a year she was 18# (just a smidge above the boys, who were preemie and bitty bitty.) and now she is 22 months old and she weighs 23#.

Kids grow at different rates and 21# at 18 months old is not unheard of.

Keep in mind that weight charts were based on formula fed babes, so if you had a breastfed babe who happens to be a bit more petite, they will be lower on the charts. Don't worry about the charts, if your babe is healthy and fine developmentally, just roll with it. Continue to feed him healthy food, give him healthy fats. Embrace the way that he was designed to be.
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