My daughter is almost 13. Has always been 5th percentile, but recently dropped to 3rd. She has daily stomach aches. Some worse than others. She’s had blood test, endoscopy and HIDA scan. No causes known. She’s a great eater. I was little, but not nearly this little and her paternal grandmother is small. So, I’m sure some is genetic, but she is short and so darn skinny. She does burn a lot as well as she is a gymnast.
I’m just a little concerned. I’m not sure if it is just her genetics or if there is something else??? She looks like a 4th grader and is in 7th.
Have you gotten your daughter tested for food intolerances or allergies which may be the cause of the stomach aches? If there isn’t anything indicating a food intolerance or allergy, I would suggest keeping an eye on your daughter’s food intake and ensuring it is adequate for a gymnast. They typically need an extra few hundred calories on days they train. I would also suggest providing her with foods that follow a sports nutrition plan. This could look like – a high-carb (sugar) low-fiber food just before exercise (grapes, juice) and every hour she continues to exercise. Then immediately after exercise, provide her with a high-protein low-carb snack to rebuild muscles (hard-boiled egg, 2 oz chicken breast, Greek yogurt). This could help your daughter keep her lean muscle mass up and keep her weight stable.
Malia Cable, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
School Nutrition Dietitian