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~Beth, mama to two amazing girls, ages 12 and 6~
Will he eat avocados? And maybe tree nuts like almonds and cashews if you can find some not processed with peanuts? (My dd has a peanut allergy too, so I know how hard that is, but Tierra Farm doesn't process any peanuts at all.)
Maybe lasagna and pizza? Does he like cream cheese on anything?
Ok, so my 2.5 year old has been failure to thrive since he was a little under 1 year old. We are having a heck of a time getting him to eat well (the cause of his failure to thrive is still unknown - argh!). We were told to put butter and oil on everything we can and to add 18% cream to his homo milk to try to get some weight on him. He is no longer breastfeeding (weaned himself at 18 months). We also try to get him to eat lots of cheese and yogurt. He doesn't really like ice cream. He is allergic to eggs, peanuts and sesame seeds so those are out. He isn't a big meat eater, but will eat hotdogs and sausages. He also likes pasta, but only orange cheese tubes (because he can put them on his fingers). And he likes oatmeal. Unfortunately his favorite foods are all low-fat. He loves Special K, soda crackers, serbet, most fruits, and for veggies loves corn, peas and carrots. Any other ideas on fattening foods to try??? He's a picky eater too, but often eventually will eat new foods after being offered enough times.
can you believe I have a child who HATES pizza!!!! He doesn't like spaghetti sauce period, but pizza blows my mind!! He does like cream cheese. We have been advised to avoid the tree nuts till he is a little older due to his severe peanut and sesame allergies though they don't think he is allergic to tree nuts....
A great high fat yummy product is called Fage it's a greek style yogurt sorta like sour cream and yogurt combined. I get it Trader Joe's the Total variety has I think 23 grams of fat per cup and I think around 200 cal!! My little slow-to-grow Annie loves this stuff and unlike yogurt you can actually cook with it. very versatile and easy to to use plus it tastes good, atleast she thinks so
Hmm what else....Smoothies are a good idea , you can add lots of stuff to them easily ahhh I see that was already mentioned.
what about pancakes they are another easy food to add lots of things to. I make mine with whole wheat flour, then add in fruit of some kind (usually) wheat germ, sunflower seeds (optional for you?) oat bran, flazx seeds even raisins, sometimes I'll add the fage into it or else put it on top after.
instant milk was another one that was mentioned by our nutritionist as a good add in, or Carnation instant breakfast not sure how you feel about those tho
It is a hard thing trying to get these little ones to gain weight even if they eat well. My sweet girl eats everything in sight and is still having trouble gaining.
At the risk of getting flamed....
is your son happy? FTT can be caused by lots of reasons, both what can be called organic or non-organic. Organic would be for example: cystic fibrosis, asthma, celiac dz, etc.
After all those have been ruled out, there are still many kids left with the diagnosis of FTT, yet have no clear medical reason why. Sometimes, hints can be found in the home enviroment. I was curious and read through your prior posts...sometimes kids have trouble triving in really stressful enviroments. OTOH, there are lots of kids in difficult enviroments, like foster care, that still manage to grow well.
Could you husband's issues be affecting the home enviroment? Could your son be internalizing and manifesting his stress response in this way?
Already!?!?! ~ Lori, doula, childbirth educator, wife to Jermaine 6/04, and mom to two happy and energetic boys - Tatum 6/06 and Keegan 3/09
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