I have a 4 year old child with a disability, he’s currently underweight and needs to put some weight on. He is a very active 4 year old and I am finding it difficult for him to stay in a healthy weight range.


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Posted by Cynthea Jenke, 8th September 2015


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  • Perhaps try beating an egg (if he’s not allergic) and add it to hot chocolate drinks.



  • Fed him normal food. Maybe increase his meals throughout the day. 6 smaller meals instead of 3 big ones



  • Try things with cream and nuts (if they’re not allergic). They have a lot of calories and good fats and oils.



  • Have you tried more meals? Not just the normal breakfast lunch and dinner. Have them plus morning and afternoon teas and a supper before bed. Keep it healthy though, you don’t want him to put on weight by feeding him crap!



  • good luck. great suggestions here. try to offer more foods that they like



  • Id see a dietician personally to get a good idea on what to give!



  • I would be adding some sustagen. They do have a kids specific one



  • Our doctors and chemist suggested sustegen hospital in vanilla or chocolate with full cream milk



  • Add some sustagen to your son’s milk – it is a bulking powder. Given to lots of people with illnesses. Our Doc prescribed it for Dad when he was sick with Cancer. Hey, also don’t forget the good old malted milkshake – malt is also a bulking powder, add a raw egg to the milkshake. You cannot taste it, and it makes the milk really frothy – kids love it. All the best sweetheart. Kaz



  • I would get advise for a nutritionist or dietatition due its hard when kids will not eat certain foods so they may be able to help you work with the ones he likes.



  • Try and get good fats into her. Things like egg (so maybe making French toast/omelettes) and avocado could be 2 good options.



  • Our daughter was the same way. We had to firstly slowly stretch her stomach by making her eat a little more each day/week. Also, we gave her a big breakfast including cereal, toast and yogurt.


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