How can I get my 2 1/2 yr old son to gain weight?
My 2 yr old son eats regularly but doesn't gain weight. He only weighs 22lbs and he'll be 3 in April. Clothes last me a long time also because he just doesn't seem to be growing. What can I do for him to gain weight?
Submitted by schefgrl87

Talk with your son's pediatrician about his rate of weight gain over the last 6-12 months and the rate at which he is growing. His trend on the growth curve is far more important than the number of pounds he weighs on any given day.

I'd say whether you're talking about helping a child with obesity or helping a child with underweight, advice is often the same. Remember that you, as a parent, are the provider of healthy food. Your child is the eater of food. This division of responsibility is essential for helping a child learn to crave, eat, and grow on a diverse diet full of whole grains, veggies, fruit, lean meats or protein and dairy or soy products. Force feeding never works, of course, and neither do struggles around eating for increasing or decreasing what a child eats. So, if your child is struggling with overweight, or underweight, the recommendations are similar: Offer healthy diverse whole foods every day, sit with your child during meal time, chose mini-meals for snack foods rather than processed food.


For parents of of children who are underweight, I often also suggest thinking about offering at least one calorie DENSE food at every meal--something nutritious like avocado (full of great fats and calories), cooking veggies in olive oil, or keeping a pint of heavy cream in the fridge so when making pasta or cereal you can add 1 tablespoon of the cream to their dish to fortify calories. 


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Answered by wendysueparents
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Submitted by ejugaadi

My daughter's a little over 3 and I went through a lot of anxiety when she was not putting on weight. She would eat well, play like a normal kid and her sleep habits too were pretty good. I consulted her pediatrician he assured me that she was absolutely fine. This is every mom's concern when the child is not growing as they'd want to. But as long as the child is eating healthy food and has no health concerns, not putting on weight should not be a concern. It is also genetic.
Submitted by margaritadrake

My son is 3yo and he's just 29.9 pounds. If your child has been eating well but have always been on the skinny side, it is fine. As long as the child is eating until he/she is content, they child is healthy. Don't stress over it. Your child may just be very active and works off the calories faster than he is consuming them. My son wears 3T jeans from the Children's Place but 4T from other places. He wears 3T tops and they are either just right or a little loose. Good luck.
Submitted by AsianGirl1778

i was worried about my son cause he wont gain wgain weight. they would tell me he is fine. if he is eating good then he is fine. then on his next apointment i was talking to his doctor. she wanted him to get blood test. then i saw another doctor. they told me that he has Thyroid proubles now he takes pills and he is only 2 years old. he has to get his blood checked again. if u r really worried about him u should talk to ur doctor. u can give him pediasure it helps i gave it to my son.
Submitted by ronda_daniel_4ever

Our daughter will be two in June and she just now weighs 20 pounds.We talked to her pediatrician about her slow gain and she recomened that we give her a pedisure shake every day,they come in choclate,vanilla,and strawberry,also they have fiber and protein in them.
Submitted by firemx070

I had a friend that their son didnt grow very fast at all. He was 6 still wearing 4T and 5T clothes, but their doc said that since he was eating healthy meals and maintaining a mostly healthy weight, that he would grow out of it. Talk to you ped and see what they suggest.
Submitted by J.Hughes928