I thought if your child was staying on their line/curve then there wasn't really a reason to worry? One thing to keep in mind is that their weight gain slows down as they get older, it's not as rapid of an increase as when they are infants, DS has only put on 2.5kgs in the past year compared to 6kgs in his first year of life. I think also that we often expect our toddlers to eat far more than is necessary, I know I definitely do. My 22 month old is currently eating quite a bit less than he normally does but when I look at this guide https://www.nutrition.org.uk/attachm...Leaflet_OL.pdf he is actually eating perfectly acceptable portion sizes. www.wholesometoddlerfood.com is also a good site to help put your mind at ease about how much your toddler is consuming.
Definitely get a second opinion and an appointment with a pediatric dietician to put your mind at ease though and hopefully give you some tips.
Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 17-12-2015 at 01:15.
If your lo is actually losing weight for no apparent reason, I would start by changing dr/pead if they were unwilling to give me a referral.
Surely they can't say everything is fine without further testing.
Can we ask how much your little one weighs?
Weight aside, how is her growth (head circumference and height) and overall development? Is she staying around the same percentile/curve on the growth chart? Hitting development milestones?
In the absence of any apparent medical issues, a paed will typically look at the bigger picture. A child that won't eat much but is growing and developing at an acceptable rate won't be much of a concern. If they are consistently losing weight, growth is slowing down, or they a developmentally delayed - then they will start to pay attention.
To ease your concern, I would go see a dietitian. Nutritionists can be useful but the level of qualification/requirement to practice is higher for dietitians so I'd be more comfortable see them over a nutritionist, especially for my kids.
OP...please take this in the way it is intended. It's not meant to be harsh at all.
But you have posted a lot about your dd and eating and growth over the last while. And always been met with tons of great advice. You have gone back to your paed and they aren't concerned either.
But. .. if you still remain concerned seek a second opinion. Look at her growth charts. You've said she's otherwise happy and meeting milestones in other threads. These are very good indicators for if she's actually eating enough.
Remember that kids, just like adults all have varying degrees of appetite and growth. So bear that in mind.
Listen to previous advice about seeking a second opinion, perhaps finding a speech pathologist who has interest in feeding. .. and see a dietician. A dietician is this person to see, not a nutritionist at this stage though then can compliment each other down the road.
You can get referrals for all these specialists through your local hospital from your GP.
I hope you can get some answers.
My dd never seemed to eat enough, and she did drop off her original curve and settled on a lower curve. One doctor said she may have been born a bit 'overly healthy' ;-) she had chubby thighs at birth which may have been associated with my daily muffin habit at the end. Since dh and I are both heavy it always played on my mind that she wasn't a roly poly bub but the paed said she was beautifully nourished despite being only about 8 kg at 13 months. She is now a lean, mean six year old.
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