Originally Posted by momtob&t
Please share your problems with pediasure.
Here is the long story about dd: she was 20 pounds and 9 oz at 9 mos and has fluctuated up and down since then. Hence the FTT. Seems like your dd is even smaller than her. The troubling thing for me is, I wasn't worried at first, and still don't look at her and think "what a small little thing" or something like that. She even has chubby thighs and cheeks. But the longer this drags on and the more it becomes the focus of every doctor visit, even visits for my other children, the more I think, "Gee, is there something wrong?" I thought if I could get some perspective from another parent, I would feel better about the whole situation.
DD was about 19lbs at 12 mos too. So I think she only gained a couple ounces between then and 18 mos. We were/are concerned about her eating. She is so picky. But, she is very healthy, chubby legs, good hair and nail growth, etc. I do believe that between 12 and 18 mos some babies grow in a way that they don't gain weight. (Maybe there is someone out there that can explain this better) And, yes, we are not big people.
I don't like how pediasure is touted as a replacement to regular healthy eating habits. Giving my DD pediasure IMO would only make her relationship with food worse. Most toddler are inately picky. That is nature. I try to offer my DD healthy food options all the time and keep track in my head nutrition vs. calories. I try to trust that she might actually know more about what she needs than I. Some days nutrition is not so good, but I always make sure she gets enough calories. If I gave her pediasure she would be even less hungry and probably not eat solid food at all. Plus, there is a lot of sugar in them. And, I have heared of kids getting addicted to them.
However, I have a healthy child, and my goals are to instill a healthy relationship with food. If the former weren't true, I would definitley do anything in the best interest of her health.
Honestly, If my doctor told me DD was FTT (which has not happened yet), I would be asking for possible reasons behind this before I just started throwing more calories at her. (And, in DD's case, I think we would all come to the conclusion she has food/texture aversions.)
It is sometimes stressful. I know.