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1 year old not interested in eating solid food, underweight. Diet advice?

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My daughter is 1 year old but she is underweight. she was weighing 3.1 kg when she was born but now she is just 7 kgs after completing 1 year on 4th Feb 2012.
She doent show any interest in solid foods. Just likes to have milk (formula milk)
She is on formula milk since birth. Please suggest what can be done.
Her daily diet includes - Milk (3 ounce) 8-10 times a day.
Fruits - Papaya, Musk Melon
Plain Rice, Chapati, Raagi
Posted Sat, 21 Apr 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Shainaz Arif Kaware 2 hours later

Thanks for your query.

I am glad your child is 1 year old.

The weight of a child by end of a year is usually around three times the birth weight so she should have been between 8-10 kgs. But even at 7 kgs if your child is playful; performing regular physical activity of child her age and does not get sick then she is fine.¬¬¬

There are factors that affect the growth of a child like :-
-Genetic or hereditary,
-Health factor like if a child gets sick frequently then she will not gain weight,
-Physical activity.
These are few reasons you will see the variations in height and weight of children of same age.

By age of a year a child should be given a diet similar to adults but in a form of mashed, soft and palatable food.

You need to do few things like:-
-Stop her bottle feed and even the formula milk and give her whole milk if she is not allergic to it.
-Give her fruits, vegetables, eggs and chicken or chicken soup (if you are a non vegetarian,
-Try giving variety of food and keep on slowly adding new things,
-Toddlers are fussy eaters so give her food at small but regular intervals and let her have as much as she can at that time.
-If she does not eat whole of the serving at that time try again later.

If your baby is not sick or weak, she is not delayed in any of her milestone there is no reason to get worried. She should do fine.

Hope this answers your query. In case of any questions please write back.
Please accept this answer in case you have no other concerns.

Take care and Regards
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