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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Iam.Dr.
User :   hi dr
Doctor :   may i help you now?
User :   Doctor .. iam little worried abt my son health..
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   please proceed
User :   problem is .. he was healthy and chubby .. and over the months he became thin
User :   however had gained height
User :   he is three and half years old
Doctor :   may i know his age?
User :   and weight abt 13kg
User :   he eats well..
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   his weight is ok
User :   take good sleep
Doctor :   ok
User :   play well
Doctor :   is she going to nursery class
Doctor :   ok'
Doctor :   then it is normal
User :   my worry is he is tooooo thin...
Doctor :   for the children to lose weight
Doctor :   when they start more play
Doctor :   is he 3.5 yrs old?
User :   ys
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is he taking normal foods?
Doctor :   how is his bowel movements
User :   he eats a lot
User :   doesnt dislike anything
Doctor :   ok good
User :   but most of the times .. if he eats a lots .. he goes to the loo immediately..
Doctor :   13 kg weight is not that bad
Doctor :   he can increase it to like 15-17kg
Doctor :   as per his age
User :   ok .. and how do we do that ..
Doctor :   do you know his height?
Doctor :   you can feed him more protein rich foods like milk
Doctor :   green leafy veg eggs etc
User :   abt 2 and half feet
Doctor :   since he is taking normal foods he will gain weight soon
Doctor :   and also rich in DHA
User :   we have started giving him ..and he likes it also...
Doctor :   Any way you need to understand that as age progresses
Doctor :   activity increases
User :   shd we stop that and encourge him to drink
Doctor :   and weight decreases
Doctor :   its better he is not that overweight now
User :   yes .. unfortuantely my brain accepts that .. not my heart .. that the problem
Doctor :   ok you can continue that
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   i understand your concerns
Doctor :   but thats the way how a child grows up
User :   ok.understood
Doctor :   now children are checked for cholesterol from age 10
Doctor :   due to the adverse effect of obesity
User :   oh .. then i rather not over feed him ..
Doctor :   so dont worry
Doctor :   let him play and eat as he like
Doctor :   but do guide him
User :   ok .. doctor thanks .. will go as per your advice.
User :   this was really helpfull
User :   thanks onceagain
Doctor :   thanks for consulting.............
Doctor :   BYE FOR NOW...
Doctor :   TAKE CARE...............
User :   bye
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