Can you give me some ideas for high calorie foods that your kids like?
Our new pediatrician is pushing me to work harder on increasing the calorie intake of my 5 yr old daughter. She enjoys lots of foods, but only takes a few bites of anything (even ice cream or other treats). She's been a small eater since birth and hung around the 3rd percentile in weight, her height percentile dropped from 25-10th %ile though and the pediatrician is concerned that it's because of low calorie intake. She's also apparently slightly anemic (Hemoglobin - 10.2). I think he has a point, so I'm starting her on multi-vitamins and will try to increase her calories.
Because she's healthy and has done fine on her bird-like eating habits so far, I try to take a laid-back approach to this and offer lots of foods (sneaking in olive oil or butter when I can) but not pressure her into eating, but apparently this pediatrician would like to see her up to the 5th%ile in weight and is more aggressive about this than other pediatricians.
Thoughts? Advice? Suggestions for foods? If this has already been addressed a billion times over, could you link me to it?