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    Default 1 year old not gaining weight

    DS is 12 months old and weighs 7.6kgs. He was born weighing 2.3kgs, I had HELLP syndrome & pre-eclampsia so he didn't do much growing in the last couple of weeks before he was born. He was quite skinny but all his vitals were fine and he consistently put on weight and has been a very happy, healthy little boy and has met all his milestones.
    I took him for his 12 month vax and the doctor did his checks and he hasn't gained a single kg since he was 9 months, he's just stayed the same.
    He is BF'd and eats a fair bit of solids but is by no means a big eater. He's not the best sleeper and still wakes for feeds during the night (trying to wean this, but that's a whole new topic)
    The doctor suggested he may be iron deficient and gave me some formula to give him for the iron content and also the extra calories.
    The CHN has suggested it may just be him, that he is going to be tall and skinny.
    I guess I'm just not sure what else I should be doing? I've been trying to feed him iron rich & healthy high calorie foods but I'm just wondering if anyone else has been in the same situation and what did you do? Thanks.

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    I had my daughter tested for coeliac disease, still waiting on the results.
    But then, I have a very strong family history of coeliac disease, so it's a fair bet.
    No weight gain whatsoever isn't normal, and reassurance from a CHN has a tendency to dissuade parents from seeking answers when there really is a problem.
    IMO.

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    Default 1 year old not gaining weight

    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    I would think this is pretty normal and agree with your CHN. Neither of my two put on much weight once they were active. I would be looking at his energy levels and general health to assess whether there is an issue.

    I don't even know where to begin with the gp recommending formula for a breastfed baby :what:

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    Thanks Missie Mack that makes me feel better. I didn't think there was an issue with him health wise and I came out of the appointment feeling like the worst mum ever!

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    DS's weight gain slowed right down when he started crawling at 9 months, then pretty much stopped around 12 months when he started walking. He was stuck on 10kg for ages, but sort of grew up instead of out. He had a growth spurt and put on a couple of kilos around 18 months and now at nearly 2 is still the same - 12kg. I've never been worried about his stagnant periods as he's always been a fairly stocky build. Of course look further into it if you're worried, but I think it's probably pretty normal to have periods of slow or no weight gain once they start getting so active.

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    As they become active they burn their calories faster and they don't gain so much weight. Is he still growing? Are his pants getting too short?

    I took my DD to the pead when she was 13months old because she wasn't a big gainer but he reassured me that she was just fine, and assured me that breastfeeding was absolutely the right thing to do for her.

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    Two girlfriends and I all had babies within a week of each other and they all plateaued in weight by that age. They start moving more, probably even walking and burn it off. Totally normal

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    Default 1 year old not gaining weight

    I am in the EXACT same position at the moment! DS just turned 1 and was weighed when he had his immunisations a week and a half ago. He hasn't gained a gram since he was 9 months...
    The GP wants me to see a paediatrician, but the one he referred me to isn't taking on new patients.
    DS has had a few health issues in the last three months - a virus with a terrible cough that he needed steroids to get over, and his eczema has flared up, developing a staph infection which needed 2 courses of antibiotics to clear. He's also started walking, which is burning lots of energy.
    He's an ok eater, but still BFeeds 5-6 times a day.
    Not sure if I should follow up with a paed before the end of the year since we've reached the Medicare safety net and the out of pocket costs would be minimal, or just see if he gains a bit in the next few weeks...

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    Default 1 year old not gaining weight

    Thanks ladies, definitely makes me feel better. He is quite active and he is growing in height so I think he's just going to be tall and lean. He's such a happy and seemingly healthy little boy so I think I'll just stick to what I'm doing and just encourage lots of food!


 

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