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Child is underweight. What care should be done for weight gain?

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i am having 1.5 yrs old baby girl named XXXXXXX. her weight is 9 kg. i am little bit disappinted with her low weight. pl let me know the measures i should take to bettter take care her.
Posted Sun, 10 Mar 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. K. C. Pant 1 hour later

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Madam, your baby is 1.5 years and weight is 9 kg, which is 85% of her expected weight. Weight of the baby depends on her nutrition and general health. If child is not having good appetite and gets infections, she may not gain weight. See that she is given a good balanced diet and it should be tastier.

Before deciding why she has not gained weight, it is important to get her examined by a pediatrician. If she has poor appetite she may be given medicines for deworming. Also give multivitamin with lron and zinc syrup regularly. If any infection is present, get right treatment at the earliest. I am sure she will gain weight with these steps.

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