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My DD is 20 months, she has always been a little girl. Her Daddy and I are both tall and slender so we have never worried about her weight. She gained perfectly the first year of her life but then at 12 months she slowed drastically which I know is normal so I never worried.<br><br>
She is perfectly healthy, never had so much as a cold. So again, I have never worried, until now. She is 32 inches and maybe 22 lbs on a good day. She fluctuates between 21-23, so she is in the 50% for her height and mayeb 5% for her weight I think. She was 20lbs at 12 months and 30 inches. She is has put on 2 lbs and 2 inches in 8 months. According to kellymom.com 18-36 months they should be gaining 7-11 ounces a month, if my math is correct she has gained 4 ounces a month??<br><br>
But she hardly eats. My mother has tried EVERYTHING and so have I, some days she is just not interested in anything at all. She nurses only before nap and bed and wakes during the night 1-3 times to nurse because (I believe) she is still hungry. She poops once a day usually, sometimes she'll miss a day. This has all gotten worse in the past few days and she has been extremely grumpy, whiny and upset easily, especially after waking in the morning or from her nap. She has also been having a REALLY hard time falling asleep at night. I think she is fighting it because she can, but I can't be sure. She was teething last week, a had a slight fever, drooling, but that all stopped. She has no signs of any illness.<br><br>
Now we (DD and I) are currently visiting my family in the States, and when we first arrived my Mother was shocked at how skinny she is. We have a history of Type 1 diabetes in my family, my brother, cousin and aunt have it. So we tested her a couple of time yesterday and today with my brothers testing equipment. She is fine, completely normal numbers even after a lot of sugar and then after not eating all night. So I think we have ruled that out.<br><br>
Any ideas what I can do to get her to eat? Should I have her evaluated when I return home? Should I be concerned about her weight/height? Have her tested again for diabetes?<br><br>
Any help is appreciated!!! :)
 

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She sounds like my ds2. He's 33 inches and 25 pounds, but he eats ALL.THE.TIME. She may just have a high metabolisim. If you're really concerned it couldn't hurt to talk to your ped.
 

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I have to keep reminding myself that as a parent, I have a responsibility to OFFER healthy food, not force it down my kids' throats. My son is 3 1/2, and is 38" tall and 20 pounds. He is perfectly healthy and eats to his own appetite, which is small (unless he's going through a growth spurt, then he eats like a horse). He is not in any way lacking in energy; he's super active. He was just blessed with his father's metabolism (DH is 5'8" and 140-150 lbs). He is offered enough quantity and variety of healthy foods, I don't worry about it. Granted, I have to FORCE myself not to worry about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> But we're moms, it's in our nature to worry.
 

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My youngest dd seems tiny to me as well but I am not concerned. For the record she was 20lbs at 1 year, 22lbs at 15 months and now at almost 2 years old she's only about 24lbs. She has also been pretty steady at about 32" but we haven't measured her in a while so maybe she's sprouted up. She does not have a big appetite but does still nurse 3-4x/24 hours. Sometimes when she's running around naked and you can count her ribs I wonder but overall she is developing normally, is healthy and is growing (albeit slowly). She has a well-check in a few weeks but I am fairly confident the doctor will not be concerned. He hasn't been in the past. By all means mention it to your doctor if you are concerned.<br><br>
I don't think there's any way you can get a toddler to eat. Just focus on nutrient-rich foods that she will eat.
 

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My youngest is like that--he is 24 lbs on a good day but is tall-his weight is Ithink 15% but height is 80%. I try not to worry b/c he is growing on the same curve he has always been and eats very well so he's just tall and skinny <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm impressed, neither of my children were 20lbs by a year. My 4.5 year old isn't even 40 lbs yet. I guess that is how they grow. I offer 3 meals and 2 snacks a day, avoid juice and sugar that fill up without nutrients. Is your child hitting developmental mile stones ok? When they are awake do they play and seem interested in their environment? Are they usually happy? I wouldn't worry too much, but you could always talk to your doc.
 

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If your child is basically healthy and thriving and meeting milestones there probably isn't a reason to worry. It's ok to be thin. There are lots of very tiny people in the world. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm not one of them... but I see them around! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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