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Could you advise what kind of diet should be given to a year baby girl to gain weight?

Good evening Doctor. My twin baby girl is just 6.8 Kgs weight while she is in 11month old. Her birth weight was just 2.09 Kgs. Is the weight normal? Her activity is good. We use to give her small portion of Carrot/ Apple/ Half boiled Egg, MultiGrain cereal, rice with fish, also of course mother milk. Could you please advice what king of diet need to follow to gain her weight. Seeking your valuable advice. Thanks Sree Kumar, Trivandrum
Asked On : Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Hi Sree kumar,

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

She requires a high calorie and protein rich diet to gain weight.

Adding ghee or oil to the diet increases the calorie value. Sugar can be added to feeds so that the calorie value increases. You should also add dal to diet along with rice for they complement the amino acids.

I congratulate you for continuing to breast feed your baby. You should continue to breast feed till two years of age.

Hope this helps.

Take care.
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query.
I appreciate your concern.
Relax,your daughter is gaining adequate weight.
Weight becomes three times birth weight by one year of age.
Give her home based diet from family pot.
Give fruit including all seasonal fruit.Green vegetables,pulses with rice.
After 12 months start cows milk as well.

Hope this helps.
God bless..
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Pediatrician Dr. Balaji Chinnasami's  Response
Hi dear,
Your baby is born low birth weight and weight should have tripled by one year. But she also needs to catch up her weight like other normal children within two years of age. SImple recommendation for diet is babies by age of one year should be able to eat everything which we eat. SO try all food items which we eat but food items may be meshed as they don't have much teeth. Add a bit of ghee to all food items. One teaspoon of oil is equivalent to one idly or one dosa. SO the dense calories in ghee or oil helps in good weight gain.

Take care
Dr. Balaji Chinnasami MD
Assistant Professor, pediatrics
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