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So my daughter, my precious little monster, is 18 months old. She's always been on the tall but thin side. She's always been healthy, minus the incident we had when she was born (failure to thrive due to a disastrous attempt at failed breastfeeding)


Now, I'm running out of ideas on what to make for her that will help her gain weight. I've come across tips like using heavy cream and avocado and such things like that but does anyone have easy quick recipes to bounce over to me?


I would greatly appreciate it! 

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Have you gotten her tested for Celiac Diease and other medical conditons? Is she ever constipated? If so, have you tried switching to different types of milks? Recipes will vary greatly because some kids are pickier than others but you could cook some small cut up pieces of meat and then mix in avocado. Using coconut oil may help. There are really SO many things to try. Probiotic things like yogurt and kefir may help a lot. 


My daughter was born in the 90th percentile and by the time she was 2 she was completely off the charts, below the 1st percentile. Then we noticed she actually started losing ounces. We have no idea what went wrong besides her being constipated and throwing up randomly for days on some occasions because she was eating great, even ravenously. Her poor little belly was distended and it looked bigger than normal so we took her to the ER and they did a bunch of tests which all came back normal. A day later we were discharged and they advised me to give her Pediasure or Boost kid Essentials and Miralax and things improved and now she is off all that. I found that by switching to Lactaid among other types of milks (almond, coconut, hemp, rice, goats) and adding yogurts and probiotic products like kefir and avoiding allowing her to drink regular cows milk has helped although we still have no clue exactly what her problem was then because her pediatrician says she couldn't be lactose intolerant and tolerate Pediasure (even though, as I pointed out to her, that the label on the Pediasure says its okay for lactose intolerant people). Originally the doctors wanted me to butter her food up even more and let her eat whatever she wants but I couldn't allow myself to follow that advice. I didn't want to fatten her up. I wanted to find out what was wrong and fix it. I didn't want to teach her to eat those ways although since then I have discovered that Pediasure isn't exactly healthy either, but I am assured that I did what was best with what I knew at that time and feel it was better than teaching her to eat filling her up on nutrition-less fattening foods. 

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