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Child not taking food. Has low weight. Can almond paste be given with milk?

my baby was 10 month old.his birth weight was 3.5 he was only 8 kg.he is not taking any food.and he was on my a days the milk was also not sufficient for his growing needs.can i give almond paste with milk for his healthy weight gain .he was by the way remains active all the day.thanks for the answer in advance.pls suggest a good menu for my baby.
Asked On : Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi and welcome to HCM. Thanks for posting your query here. The birth weight will be doubled by 5 months and triple by one year. So your little baby is growing in the right way. At 10 months of age baby likes to have a variety of foods which includes fruits, nuts, leafy vegetables and cooked vegetables. Start with one variety of food and continue with for 2 days so that baby will get adjusted with the new one. You have to look for any stomach pain or loose stools. If it is not there fine the baby is ready with that food. Then you can proceed with the next food.

Dont force baby to have food. Let him have the food by pleasure. One more thing to look in is his digestive capacity. Is he passing stools regularly? If it is so then the digestion capacity is normal.

You can try with boiled carrot, potato,apple stew, ripe banana. A mix of vegetables can be added in the rice and boiled. Its very nutritious. Simple recipies like, for example, palak can be boiled with a pinch of turmeric and 10 grams of dal, strain the juice and add little salt to it and feed the baby. This gives you a lot of iron and proteins.

You can add nuts also. Like what you said giving almond paste. But start with one new food on one day and start little, preferably in the morning. So the whole day will be there to handle any digestive problem.

As you said the baby is active all the day, you no need to worry. He is on an average weight. Height of the baby gives you the long term nutrition status.

So enjoy giving a variety of easily digestive foods to the baby. Stop worrying and enjoy his 'ma ma' and 'da da' and cute waving of 'bye bye'.

Hope this is helpful to you.

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General & Family Physician Dr. Nirmala P's  Response
Hi Geetha, thanks for asking in Healthcare Magic.

The appropriate weight for your child should be around 10.5 kg. Almond contains mainly saturated fat and may not be a proper nutritional supplement for your baby. You have to start solid food for him.

Lack of carbohydrates in his diet will result in loss of weight. Simple carbohydrates like glucose and fructose from fruits, vegetables and honey, sucrose in sugar, lactose in milk along with complex carbohydrates like cereals, starch and pulses are necessary for your child.

Egg protein, 7% saturated fat (ghee, butter) 10% poly unsaturated fat (sunflower oil) and 13% mono unsaturated fat (ground nut oil) along with carbohydrates will give a balanced diet.

Milk alone is inadequate for him. You should give him daily one serving of mashed bread, boiled food like idly or biscuit mixed in milk. Mashed rice with dal and ghee. Also give cooked vegetables, boiled potatoes fruits and egg.

I hope this is useful to you.
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