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At our 18 month well visit yesterday, we learned that DD has lost weight. Now, the dr and I aren't *too* concerned, because she was teething hard core for awhile, and then was sick for over a week, so I'm sure that's why. But -- he wants us to gain weight.<br><br>
He sent us home with some Pediasure and some good ideas for fattening foods to give her (whole milk & PB milk shake, for example). I thought I would also check with you all to see what tips you have??<br><br>
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Fried food?...Healthy of course!... Fry some veggies in sunflower oil or something and add to things. I alwasy quick fry up some veggies to add to pasta sauce if my son is having pasta for example. ...'Fat' isnt really what you want...its just a more high calorie diet.....I think? Perhaps ask in health and nutrition! lol...Not really good with this stuff!
 

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I've struggled with an underweight toddler, and boy is it not easy. I think the very most important thing is not to try to *pressure* her to eat more. It's very, very common for food to become a power struggle at this age, and if she figures out that it's important to you that she eat more food, she'll probably exercise her power to resist.<br><br>
We found that the most helpful technique was not to try to get our daughter to eat more (they have such tiny stomachs, after all) but to try to pack more calories into the foods she did eat. Think in terms of "nutritionally dense" foods.<br><br>
For example, instead of giving our daughter a rice cake for a snack (fills the stomach but has very little nutrition or calories), we'd give her a piece of whole-wheat bread thickly spread with butter. Instead of giving her canteloupe, we'd give her a banana. Instead of grilling chicken breasts, we dipped them in egg and bread crumbs and sauteed them in olive oil. We drizzled her vegetables with melted butter or olive oil. We put cream cheese or peanut butter on her crackers. We bought whole-milk yogurt and whole-milk cheese. The goal was to make every bite have more calories, not to make her take more bites.<br><br>
Also, remember that what is healthy for an adult and what is healthy for a toddler are different things. Toddlers need plenty of fat in their diet. A diet that mostly consists of whole grains, fruits and veggies, and a little lean meat is healthy for an adult, but probably not high enough in calories or fat for a toddler.
 

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Our ped at the 18 mos visit wasn't concerned when ds lost weight-he had really become active after 15 mos so it was par for the course.<br><br>
DS has always been on the low end of every scale, and I basically just experimented with different foods to see what he'd like. Of course, if you can get things into your dd like avacado, that's great. I made ds smoothies with whole milks, full fat yogurt and mix in fruits. I also make oatmeal bars with raisins and various dried fruits that ds loves. You could try muffins, too.<br><br>
Right now ds is in an "i don't want to eat much" phase, so we tend to have pastas and mac & cheese...a lot. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> But he does love hamburgers and sandwiches, so he gets those whenever possible.
 

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Personally I'd probably make my own shake at home before using pediasure (not a big fan of the soy and artificial stuff), but that's just me.<br><br>
some ideas:<br>
* avocado<br>
* ghee (clarified butter)<br>
* coconut oil<br>
* nut butters<br><br>
try adding things like whole milk yogurt, butter, ghee, etc. as "mix ins" to your regular foods. I also try to pair some fat w/ veggies because it enhances the nutrient absorption.<br><br>
fats are key to brain and body development at this age, so I don't worry about "too much" fat as long as it's a healthy fat.
 

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avocado<br><br>
whole milk yogurt<br><br>
protein<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Is she still nursing? That's what I would focus on if it's an option. And making all solids nutritionally dense with lots of good fats.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Amen to the smoothies!! My ND told us to put Cod Liver Oil in it. 1/4 tsp a day. LOL, I don't really remember her reasoning for it (isn't that terrible). We also have a small tike on our hands, we were told butter on breads and things of the sort. Just like all the other posters are saying, its not how much food, but what kind of food. DO NOT force feed though, it will only back fire. Good luck, and I know how you feel. . . .
 

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Just to add: if there are no dairy issues (sounds like there's not) then get high fat yogurt! The YoBaby yogurts are fine but not very high in fat. Our local HFS carries the Liberte brand, Mediterranee line and they are super fatty -- they taste like Coolwhip, but without the nasty stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Second the full fat yogurts...the kind with the cream on top are amazing! Or make yogurt "cheese" (buy yogurt, scoop it into cheese cloth or a cloth lined strainer, and let it drain for a few hours/overnight. Come morning you'll have a thick, creamy, nutritionally dense spread). My dd adores ricotta...we top it with ovaltine and she thinks she is in heaven.<br><br>
Avocado, granola (especially with flax oil), nut butters (as a spread or dip).
 

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Angela - Yes, I'm still nursing. She is nursing like a fiend lately, too, with the teething and being sick. Last week, she was nursing every 2 hours, day and night. Normally (when not sick or teething), she nurses every 3-4 hours throughout the day and a couple of times at night. I just nurse on demand.<br><br>
Oooo full fat yogurt? I didn't know about this stuff! We use YoBaby, and I thought that was the fattiest it got.. I will have to check out a couple stores to see if I can find this. She loooves yogurt.<br><br>
She isn't too into the Pediasure, but tonight I made her a shake w/ PB in it, and she liked that. So I'll probably just stick with doing that instead, so it's more natural. (And, one of the samples he gave me is called Kinder-something-or-other, and it's made by Infamil... after all I have learned in the Lactivism forum, I feel weird giving her something made by a formula company!!) I also made her a PB sandwich, but added butter (eww!), and she really enjoyed that. And I put butter in her cereal this morning... hopefully we'll chunk her up a bit! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Thanks for all the input!! I bought some avocado today, and will try some of your other suggestions. I'll focus on making everything I give her as dense with calories and nutrients as possible.<br><br>
You are a great group of mamas!! I appreciate the support and ideas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Great! I'd really focus on the nursing. Watch carefully that any other milk-like drinks aren't discouraging nursing- obviously human milk is best for her! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Olive oil or butter on everything. mmmmm.....<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I know! My small DS eats like I want to eat....cheese, butter, oil, and sour cream are staples in our house!<br><br>
Also, OP, there is another thread right around here with some good responses...check it out!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Great! I'd really focus on the nursing. Watch carefully that any other milk-like drinks aren't discouraging nursing- obviously human milk is best for her! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Olive oil or butter on everything. mmmmm.....<br><br>
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OK that's good to keep in mind. I didn't know if I should still be concerned about milk-like drinks taking over, since she's a toddler. (We don't do cow's milk normally.) But, the thought did cross my mind that if I am giving her chocolatey Pediasure, she may want to replace BM with that, and there is no way Pediasure is better for her than BM!!<br><br>
And I know. I wish someone would tell me *I* had to eat like this!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">OK that's good to keep in mind. I didn't know if I should still be concerned about milk-like drinks taking over, since she's a toddler. (We don't do cow's milk normally.) But, the thought did cross my mind that if I am giving her chocolatey Pediasure, she may want to replace BM with that, and there is no way Pediasure is better for her than BM!!<br><br>
And I know. I wish someone would tell me *I* had to eat like this!!</div>
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Absolutely. Personally, as long as I didn't feel there was a supply problem, I would not offer ANY other milks or milk-like drinks.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The grass is always greener! A co-worker of mine has a medical condition that requires a very high fat diet. She said the ice cream smoothies (premium ice cream blended with heavy cream and peanut butter) get old by the third or fourth smoothie, and by the end of the first week you'd kill for carrot sticks. But yeah...it would be nice to now and then be "ordered" to indulge! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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