can i give a supplement to fatten LO up?

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can i give a supplement to fatten LO up?

Postby felizefun » 30 Dec 2012, 15:43

well, she is very skinny. She eats a very varied and balanced diet so I'm not worried about her nourishment, but I'd like for her to put on some weight. Is there any supplement I can give her? Like Complan? She suffers from constipation so I can't give Complan coz I've heard it tends to give you constipation...

Any ideas would be appreciated...TIA

she is 2.5 years by the way
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Re: can i give a supplement to fatten LO up?

Postby sparkling » 30 Dec 2012, 18:05

Is she otherwise healthy? Some people are just skinnier than others. If it was me I'd make sure I offered plenty of high calorie foods but would be reluctant to supplement.
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Postby PerpetualMadness » 30 Dec 2012, 18:17

WSS^^^
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Postby RachelS » 30 Dec 2012, 18:23

As long as your lo is offered a varie diet and is reaching age appropriate milestones then supplementing with things like complan or other food substitutes is not necessary. If you are worried your lo is not getting all the vitamins and minerals needed then why not speak to your HV about vitamin supplements.
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Re: can i give a supplement to fatten LO up?

Postby catkin » 30 Dec 2012, 19:17

I wouldn't give any kind of supplement unless that is on medical advice. If there's a medical problem it won't work or will mask it, otherwise why would you? Do you think being slim is causing her any problems? Has she got plenty of energy for running around etc? Do you offer plenty of full fat foods? I think all you can do really is to trust their appetite and let them eat as much or as little as they want - toddler led after all :) For us mouse has had phases of being chubbier then growing up and thinning out.
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Postby twilightfan » 30 Dec 2012, 20:28

Wss

I also wouldn't offer supplements if she is otherwise happy & healthy. I know a couple of toddlers who are very slim, can feel their ribs, but I also know they eat a full, varied diet & meeting all mile stones. They're just skinny.
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Re: can i give a supplement to fatten LO up?

Postby felizefun » 30 Dec 2012, 22:54

Thanks for your replies. Yes, she is healthy and eats a varied diet and I do give her high calorific foods. She is quite skinny and I get comments about her being small for her age (we are of south east asian heritage so we genetically tend to be more petit than our caucasian counterparts) so I thought it might be nice if I can give some supplement to add some pounds on her. She does take a daily vitamin too. I'm not worried about her nourishment, just would like her to be less thin. :)

I know, I totally am toddler led and I believe she is naturally slim but you know, it's nice of she was a bit chubby. Oh well...
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Postby PerpetualMadness » 30 Dec 2012, 23:06

It's nice if she's the size she's meant to be. Sounds like she's meant to be slim. Can't understand how overriding her appetite is going to leas to anything good...
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Re: can i give a supplement to fatten LO up?

Postby robyn » 31 Dec 2012, 00:56

I would really worry that you'd be starting her the road to being overweight if you give her supplements. I also think people's views of what a healthy weight is have been skewed by the amount of overweight adults and children there are now. Children that are described as skinny now would have looked totally normal in the 70s!
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Re: can i give a supplement to fatten LO up?

Postby TwinklinGDecorations » 31 Dec 2012, 01:44

I measured my children today and one is on the 91st percentile for height and between the 75th and 91st for weight and the other is 91st for height and on the 50th for weight. He has been since he was 2.5 and it seems to be his natural build (my only reference is a 20 yr old female but I am 98th for height and 50th weight and have been both pre and post babies, it does happen.
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Re: can i give a supplement to fatten LO up?

Postby felizefun » 31 Dec 2012, 09:19

thanks for your replies. yes, i agree that it's better to leave her to it as she is healthy and she has been in the same 50th percenile from birth. we recently did a blood test due to her hypermobility and she doesn't have nutritional deficiencies. i give her lots of cream and butter and she eats what he needs. i guess that's all i can do.. :)
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Postby PerpetualMadness » 31 Dec 2012, 09:21

If she's 50 th centile she's average weight unless she's super tall (which your earlier post doesn't imply) then she can't be skinny by anyone's measure...
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Postby Jelly Belly » 31 Dec 2012, 15:00

I had one chubby toddler and one very skinny one. Both healthy, both happy and both allowed to control their own appetite and grow as nature intended. I wouldn't dream of trying to fatten up Squirmy 'tho I do occasionally refer to her as the scrawny one! She is how she is meant to be and, when last weighed, was also 50th centile.

Anyone else comments in a negative way (affectionate jokes are allowed) and I'm not backwards about telling them Squirmy is perfect.
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Re: can i give a supplement to fatten LO up?

Postby Louisianablue2000 » 31 Dec 2012, 19:10

I also think people's views of what a healthy weight is have been skewed by the amount of overweight adults and children there are now. Children that are described as skinny now would have looked totally normal in the 70s!


This. Children are suppose to be super skinny once they get past the chubby baby stage. Don't try to fatten up a healthy child, you'll cause a lifetime of problems.
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Re: can i give a supplement to fatten LO up?

Postby FestiveTidings » 01 Jan 2013, 07:15

I've a skinny one too and I've posted the same question on here before!

I ended up just leaving him be and trusting his appetite. When I looked back at pictures of me and DH at that age we were just as skinny!

It is quite disconcerting when everyone comments on it so I don't blame you for asking. Roo is constantly being compared to his cousins, who are chubbier but fed absolute crap so it really isn't fair.

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