My son is 9 years old. He was born 8 lbs 3 oz. He was a very big baby up until he was one years old. After that his weight and height began to drastically slow down. He will eat anything and everything you put on his plate. After about the age of 2 he has seemed smaller than most kids his age. His father and I are 5 foot 1 and 5 foot 3. My son is asthmatic and has several environmental allergies. He takes daily medications for both. Just this year we started immuno-therapy for his allergies. He plays soccer 5 days a week. He eats like an adult. He eats a full meal before and after soccer practice by his choice. We started to give him a pediasure grow and gain weight every morning in addition to his breakfast as well. Please help me learn how to help him grow and gain weight.
Sounds like he may just have higher caloric needs than his body can ingest! Give him caloric liquids with each meal (chocolate milk, fruit smoothies, fruit juices made with 100% juice, etc) and make sure you give him plenty options for calorie-dense foods such as whole fat milk, yogurt, cheese; add extra oil to sauces and dips; use small grains like rice, quinoa and angel hair pasta—more calories per serving. Make sure he adds toppings to his foods, such as sour cream, cheese, and guacamole to burritos or tacos; add cheddar or mozzarella cheese to pasta instead of parmesan cheese; choose dense cereals like GrapeNuts or granola over flake cereals that are lower in calories; make double-decker sandwiches (instead of 2 slices of bread, use 3 and stack up the fillings!) Snack on calorie dense things like nuts, seeds, trail mixes, corn chips and salsa mixed with guacamole, pretzels dipped into peanut butter, extra salad dressing, dips for all veggies, etc. Make sure you are giving him at least 1-2 extra snacks each day, every day, along with bulking up at his meals!
Lisa Lanzano, MS, RD