Failure to gain weight
If your toddler seems to not be gaining weight properly, it can sometimes be an indicator that there is a problem. However, toddlers mostly will regulate their own food intake. You’ve heard the saying, “They’ll eat when their hungry, so don’t worry.” While this is true to an extent, you should monitor their weight gain and make sure they are getting proper nutrition.
The use of a growth chart is important and will tell you how your toddler is physically developing. Your paediatrician or health care provider uses these charts to that tracks your child’s weight and measurements and places them in a growth percentile.
When your paediatrician or health care provider is concerned, they can run tests to indicate if your child is failing to thrive.
Additionally, if your child falls into the lower percentile of the growth chart-usually under the 5th percentile- the doctor will track other development milestones and may put your child on a diet that will help them gain weight.
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