Help for child not eating enough

Though we've never had issues with our children not eating enough, if I did, I'd increase the amount of calories and quality of food they are taking in. First I'd try high calorie healthy foods and if they needed to see if the child would gain weight try some unhealthy foods as a last resort.

High calorie foods could include: avocado, cheese, nuts and seeds, smoothies, granola, quinoa, any nut butters, adding butter, olive oil, coconut oil to foods to increase the amount of calories they were consuming.

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
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    02/05/14
    4Kerri Nino
    Ok so I have never had a child not eat well...but I have had one that even though she consumed 4,000 plus calories (healthy not junk) a day not gain a pound! Took glutton out on my own and she gained rapidly she is still small at near 4 1/2 but still in 3t shirts and 24 mon-2t pants...but I look at it this way when she was 2 she still wore 6-9 month clothes!!
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      02/05/14
      4Kerri Nino
      make it fun though sour scream if you eat it on food you will scream louder!!! :-) Also I have used things the kids were interested in like Spiderman!! and thankfully Spiderman said if they ate there veggies they could be like him!! Thank you Spidy!!!
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        02/05/14
        4Kerri Nino
        I have learned that a child will eat when they are hungry but do know to offer healthy snacks that they can get throughout the day.
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          02/05/14
          I do have a child who is underweight and a slow grower. Over the years, we have tried all sorts of things to get extra calories in his diet- from adding good fats (cocounut oil or olive oil) to dishes he already eats, making him smoothies (which he refuses), he went through a stage when he would drink the pediasure, now he eats a Larabar, usually once a day. I buy all sorts of healthy snacks for him, but tend to notice that he never really eats more- he might eat more in snacks one day, then less in meals. He might eat real big one day all his meals and snacks, and the next he eats very little. This has been a constant concern for me (he is now 12), but I continue to receive reassurance from his Pediatrician that he is growing, albeit slowly, and he is small (he will be a small adult- but this is not so strange considering genetics of our family).

          It is difficult, but the best thing I have done is to layoff on trying to convince him to eat. We had many more battles over food when it was that way. As much, as I understand any parent worrying about their child's intake- you have to consider the whole picture. The one thing I know is my child will probably never be overweight.
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            02/06/14
            My daughter Evony is a grazer. She doesn't eat a whole lot because I think she gets to bored. We end up having to feed her on occasion and she will be 4 in May. But she was always been tiny. She was only 3lbs 6oz at birth. (born at 34 weeks) and never really gained at all. We had to start adding pediasure which didn't do anything. She now still wears 2t clothes... actually fits into a lot of 24mth stuff too, She is now only 24lbs. But she eats a lot of different things. It got mad when a doctor told us to give her just a spoonful of butter! ICK! I was like that is not going to happen. But we did start adding a little more butter in things. And her favorite snack is cheese sticks. So IDK they are not concerned she is too small so I guess that is a bonus.
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              02/06/14
              Amanda Hurley
              We have also used pedisure.
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