If there is something that all mothers have in common, it is their concern about the weight of the baby. For that reason, in our section of Guiainfantil responds we wanted to invite a nutritionist to explain us the reasons why a child does not gain or gain weight, when should we worry and what can parents do to change this trend. We started!
Obesity is, according to the WHO (World Health Organization), one of the great problems of the 21st century. And it is estimated that 43 million children under the age of five are obese or overweight. This would be a partial photograph of how a part of our little ones are.
The other snapshot would correspond to children who do not gain weight and desperate parents who seek an answer to this lack of appetite and, above all, a reason that leads them to understand why their child does not gain weight. Among the main causes are:
1. Intolerance, for example, to the gluten that generates that the child cannot absorb all the nutrients that it needs for its development.
2. Food Allergy, in other words, the child's body is sensitive to certain foods such as some fruits (peaches) or eggs.
3. Some chronic illness. In the case of some premature children, there may be some eating problems, although pathologies of the lungs, heart, digestive system or endocrine system should also be highlighted.
4. Existence of a virus, which generally occurs in children and babies who go to daycare. By producing so much mucus, the child swallows it and, consequently, his stomach fills up and that feeling of hunger or appetite is taken away.
Once the objective cause of the child not gaining weight has been defined, the pediatrician will determine the treatment to follow to solve the problem and for the child to return to his normal rhythm.
Also, of course, it may be the case that the child does not gain weight because he does not eat. Is it normal is this case the concern of the fathers and mothers? Here we would have to analyze with your pediatrician how the child's evolution is to see if there may be a root cause.
If the percentile and the evolution in the child's growth is adequate and the child is healthy (avoid all kinds of ultra-processed and sugary foods), you don't have to worry about what you eat. Let's take an example, if the child is in a 50th percentile, it means that he has average-normal growth. If you have a 10th percentile, but the child is healthy and developing normally, there is no reason to worry.
If there is no apparent cause, in addition to stopping worrying, the mother can try to incorporate changes in food preparation to be able to give the child a greater caloric intake.
- It can add a little more quality oil (extra virgin olive oil) in the main dishes that we offer to the child, such as legumes (lentils in this case are very good), brown rice or pasta.
- Another measure that children will like is sprinkle some grated cheese in some meals.
- In these cases in which we want the child to gain weight, nuts play an important role. Depending on the child's age, we can offer it crushed or dusted in a natural yogurt. Or, also, add grated coconut, which will give it more flavor and fulfill the desired function.
- Finally, another possibility is offer small pieces of food more often.
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