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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   please proceed with your health query.
User :   thank you .. for your prompt response
User :   well my daughter is now 10 months...but she is very active,all over the place, but her weight is an issue..she is presently under weight by 1kg...she is at times fussy about her can i ensure my child is healthy & within the required weight range ?? is this serious or am I getting too paranoid about this ??
User :   pls help
Doctor :   ok. let me read what you have typed.
Doctor :   what is her current weight? and what was her birth weight?
User :   she was 3 kg at birth & is now only 6.7kgs
Doctor :   ok. birth weight should be triple by the age of 1 year.
User :   yes around 9 right
Doctor :   so her weight now should be around 7-8 kgs
User :   yes
Doctor :   now coming to her eating patter, if she is very active, she will burn off the calories soon
Doctor :   and hence not put on weight
Doctor :   so focus on making her eat by making food interesting and give her high protien diet
Doctor :   like egg yolk 3 times a week, beans, rajma, chick peas curry with whole wheat chapati
Doctor :   you can make her chapatis colorful and small in size
User :   sounds good
Doctor :   by adding boiled and mixied carrots, spinach etc
Doctor :   you can try making small baby pizzas, or smal puris. children tend to associate with smaller size stuff as they themselves are small
Doctor :   add milk when mixing atta for chaptis
Doctor :   it will add protien
Doctor :   give her fruit juices and milk shakes very often instead of only plain water
User :   sorry to interrupt...while talking about milk >> which milk are you referring to ??
Doctor :   milk=cows milk.
User :   oh is it safe to give her cow milk @10months
Doctor :   for a detailed diet advise contact our diet and nutrition section.
Doctor :   WWW.WWWW.WW
Doctor :   yes it is safe now to give her cows milk, it should not be given before 6 months of age.
User :   ok thats great
Doctor :   start her on a multigrain homemade supplement
Doctor :   i will tell you how to go about it
User :   please
User :   i wish to have schedule in place
User :   like a diet chart
User :   it will help me specially since i m a working mom & she is taken care by my in laws
Doctor :   take 1 cup each of rice, wheat, bengal gram, almonds, groundnuts, cashews and raisins.
Doctor :   dry fry each of them separatey except the raisins.
Doctor :   powder them separately and mix them an dkeep
Doctor :   add two tbsp of this powder to about 100 ml milk and boil until you reach a porridge consistency
Doctor :   and give that to her atleast once a day
User :   very nice
Doctor :   try to make her foods colorful and looking diffecrent like different shapes and sizes of the food items for eg into animal patterns and flowers and round shape and rectangle and sqaure etc, such that she finds variety
Doctor :   and tends to eat with interested and lands up eating more than what she is consuming at present.
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   yes
User :   very much
User :   thank you
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   one more thing
Doctor :   yes please proceed
User :   is a thr a schedule to be followed for the day...also wat is the time interval for the food intake
Doctor :   it should be evry 2- 2.5 hours
Doctor :   since she is very active as you said.
User :   ok great thanks
User :   there are times my daugther throws out whatever is given to her
User :   is it norma;
Doctor :   if she is irritated or does not like it, she will tend to throw up
User :   ok
User :   this is great doc...i mean god send
Doctor :   try to figure out what food items she usually throws up
User :   one piece of info she is on lactogen 3
User :   is tht an issue
Doctor :   if it is a essential food item, then try to give it in another form, if not , then avoid it.
Doctor :   try to stop the lactogen, go more with homemade foods and natural suppliments since she is 10 months now
Doctor :   she will not have problem
Doctor :   introduce 1 food item every 3 days and see her response
Doctor :   and then continue with it.
User :   ok so u saying i shud start off with cow milk
User :   is it safe to give them by products of milk..cheese, butter to her....
Doctor :   yes, you can introduce very small quantities of each over a weeks time and continue based on her response
Doctor :   avoid too much of butter and cheese.
User :   i have a query...
Doctor :   ghee can be given along with rice and dal in small amounts
Doctor :   please proceed.
User :   non veg is not cooked at my there a substitute for egg
Doctor :   give more of soya chunks, beans, rajma, chick peas, soy milk shake
Doctor :   you do get vegetarian eggs, see if you can start her on them.
User :   hahah
User :   u serious
Doctor :   if you cannot, then stick to the above recommendations
User :   meaning
User :   i have never heard of them
Doctor :   yes i am serious, vegetarian eggs are the eggs, which have not undergone fertilization, so it does not contain the zygote and is called as vegetarian eggs.
Doctor :   you can ask in the supermarket for them , they will help you out.
User :   whr wud i find them
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
Doctor :   are you there?
User :   yes i asked
User :   whr wud i find veg eggs
Doctor :   i have replied to it even before you have asked.
Doctor :   you can ask in the supermarket for them , they will help you out.
Doctor :   i think you missed seeing it.
User :   ok
User :   just noticed it
User :   thank you so much for your time
User :   appreciate it
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User :   Do u conduct lectures or trainings on health care
Doctor :   sometimes I do
User :   we would like to conduct live lectures on these at our organisation
Doctor :   you would need to request your HR to get in touch with our people for this
Doctor :   they should be able to discuss these. I personally will not have any say into this
Doctor :   so see if it can be done by your organisation
User :   ok thanks
User :   will do that
User :   as of now
Doctor :   if they approach for additional help , we will give it
User :   my queries seem answered thank to you dr.
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now. do get back to me if you have further queries.
Doctor :   all the best.
User :   sure sir
User :   wud i get u the next time
User :   i come on chat
Doctor :   yes you can ask for me. I am available 9am-4pm IST
User :   U JUST MADE MY DAY !!
Doctor :   you are welcome.
User :   BYE FOR NOW
User :   god bles
Doctor :   Bye for now.
Doctor :   God bless you too.
User :   :)
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