My middle son is a skinny mini.
Those jeans with the adjustable waists don’t work for him- pull them as tight as they’ll go and they will still fail the jump test and you’ll be able to see his butt.
He weighs only two pounds more than his younger brother- who is two years younger than he is. He falls into about the 5th percentile for weight(when he’s soaking wet, anyway).
I know we often hear about the problem with kids who are overweight or obese, but when I mentioned my skinny mini on my facebook page a while back, there were a lot of you who chimed in about your kids.
For my son, he’s always been on the thin side but with the medication he takes for his ADHD, it suppresses his appetite- for the majority of the day anyway. So we try to get bigger meals into him for breakfast and then a very heavy snack near bedtime(like a second dinner big). But obviously, there are other reasons that kids can be skinny minis. I was a teeny little thing growing up. But that was back when there was the old school opinion of oh, she’s just a petite girl.
We have regular visits with our doctor to check on his weight as well as updates about his medication, so his doctor is well aware of his weight and isn’t overly concerned, though she did talk about ways to get him to gain.
I asked Doctor G to share some tips(since somehow it didn’t occur to me to ask my doctor for a quote that I could use on my blog… I wonder how she’d respond). Here’s what Debi had to say:
“This is actually kind of fun! All the stuff that we weight-conscious adults have to avoid? We can give to our child who needs to gain! So that means full fat dairy products – like yogurt and cheese and milk. Adding butter, gravy, peanut butter, even ice cream! For kids who aren’t in to that, or for families with varying needs who don’t want to have all that in the fridge, I suggest using Carnation Instant Breakfast mixed with whole milk. Don’t give this to replace a meal, give it as a snack.”
Doctor G’s advice fell very much in line with what my doctor suggested. We go for the full-fat versions of just about everything now(which sometimes means having to buy two different products since my son can have the full-fat, but some of us *ahem* me *ahem* don’t need it.)
Peanut butter is something my son loves so he can have it on his pancakes in the morning for some extra calories(and extra protein). We give him smoogies(smoothies) with his bedtime snack, made with whole milk, yogurt, spinach, and berries(dark berries to hide the green of the spinach). Muffins, homemade cookies(oatmeal raisin so I can pretend they are totally healthy)- all go in the mix.
While I still want to keep the majority of his calories healthy ones and not give in and say well, he needs to gain weight, so go ahead and eat fried oreos all day long… I don’t shy away from adding some unhealthy fattening stuff along with the healthy. For example, he LOVES fruit and would live on that if we let him. To get some extra calories in there, he can have some fruit dip to go with it(I like one block of cream cheese, one jar of marshmallow fluff, and 1 cup of powdered sugar mixed up). Or adding some chocolate chips to trail mix. As long as he’s eating more of the healthy stuff than the “treats,” I’m okay with adding those treats in there- especially when it makes him eat more of the healthy anyway.
Do you have any recipes or suggestions for foods for a kid who needs to gain some weight?
Obviously, I’m not a doctor. I’ve talked with my own doctor about ways to have my child gain weight, but if you have concerns about your child’s weight, you should talk to your doctor- not take medical advice from some mom off the internet. 😉