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Small child, low body weight, lack of strength, hyperactive. Diet recommendations?

Hi I am XXXXX. My son is 4.5 years old. Though I give him a healthy diet , he looks very thin. He is very fond of cheese, butter, ghee etc. I try to give him a balanced nutrition from a variety of foods. If he was only thin, I would not have minded, but he is not strong enough. He is hyperactive, extra sensitive. Please suggest me what diet can be recomemnded for him. I usually give him medicines for worms every 6 months.
Asked On : Sun, 14 Oct 2012
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OBGYN 's  Response
Hello there,
It is common for children in this age group to be fussy about what they eat. Due to growth spurt, they often appear thin but as long as they are maintaining adequate weight for their age, there is no real cause of alarm.
A 4.5 year old should ideally take all home based foods and avoid carbonated drinks, excess chocolates, candies, concentrated juices which can result in what we call Toddler's diarrhea.
Give him plenty of cereals and fresh fruits and 2 glasses of milk every day apart from his daily diet. Give him eggs in whatever way he likes, either boiled or half fry. And do not worry about his hyperactive behaviour. Only if the problem persists, you show him to your Pediatrician.
I hope I have answered your query.
Take care.
Answered: Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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Hi Ms Shetty,
It happens at time that child looks lean, thin and weak despite having good nutrition, children does not get stout so early, this is the growing age and all the food consumed gets utilized in the body growth requirement. Deworming is a clinical method and you shall abstain from doing it on your own, if you think there is something wrong wth the child then get him examined by a qualified paediatrician.
As a parent you shall concentrate on following things:
1. Child should not have habit of biting nails and eating earth, chalk etc.
2. Child shall take 4-5 meals a day complemented with fruits, nuts and milk.
3. For children who are active in outdoor activities cheese/butter/ghee are not bad, they are bad if there is no proper physical exertion as in case of adults where growth has already stopped.
4. Child shall be kept away from edible things with high content of refined sugar e.g. choclates, fast food like maggi/ noodles/ burgers etc.
5. If non vegetarian you can supplement his diet with 1-2 eggs.
6. Last but not the least do not use medicines on your own. Medicines these days are with complex salts and serves for more than one purpose so a strictly recommended dosage from a Physician is must.

Feel free to ask any queires

Dr.Rajinder Singh
Answered: Sun, 14 Oct 2012
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