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Sarafina is continuing to have trouble gaining weight. I am not sure what to do. She is refusing most foods. She will eat pizza, PB and J, cheese, most fruits, pudding, and such. However, she is refusing a lot of food. She won't weat most meats. She used to love spaghetti, but now screams and tries to throw it on the ground. Sometimes, she will eat Mac and cheese. She gags on pediasure.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can help her find foods that she will eat? Any smoothie recipes that are healthy and high in calories?

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Sorry... I typed a reply and I don't know what happened to it!!

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Our dr asked us to add healthier fats to Trevor's food back when he was gagging... (olive oil to bread slices, etc). He also recommended providing him with snacks that had healthier fats (avocado for example).

I think smoothies are a great idea. Maybe check out pinterest for ideas? I usually add fruit and/or veggies to milk and yogurt.

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Cna you beef up her milk with Carnation Instant breakfast? That sneaks in an extra 100 calories a glass- if she'll drink it. We would also use a lot of healthy oils to make Ava's meals. Nothing was left naked or steamed. Everything was cooked in olive oil, or had some fruit or veggies in there.

But reallly, you can try it all the tricks, and it still only gets you so far. We were always taught in school, to look at the patient as a whole. Is Sarafina meeting her milestones? Is she healthy? Does she sleep and appear happy? If so she is probably doing just fine.

Ava refused to drink anything but white milk. She refused to try pedisure. She even refused milkshakes. For almost a year she truly lived off pancakes with veggies hidden in there. I was pretty worried about her. She dropped from the 25% for weight down to the 4th where she is holding steady. My Ped never was worried though. She always told me:

-Make each bite packed with as much punch as I could get in there.
- Serve her least favorite meals and new foods at a time she was most willing to eat. (for us that's breakfast)
-offer 3 meals plus 2 snacks
-offer proteins and carbs together.
-offer 3 choices of foods per meal and don't cater to them. ( I fudge this a little and put at least one thing I know she will eat on her plate)
-Get the book Deceptively Delicious

But the best thing she gave me was don't stress about it. She will eat. At one appointment my Ped said to me, "Of course she is small. Have you seen her Mother? You are a small person, so it's reasonable to assume you will have small children." From what I recall, Melanie, you're around my height as well, right? Around 5'0? So I would guess the same could be true for your kiddos as well.

I had a lot of concerns over Ava's eating. I wanted her to get what she needed, but I didn't want to make need to clear her plate before the meal was over. I want her to know when to stop when she is full. I have an unhealthy relationship with food, and I wanted to be careful to make sure Ava never got that way. I want her to see food as fuel, and not a source of stress.

I think a lot of it is the age too. For what it's worth, Andrew is an awesome eater and his appetite is slowing down as well. He had days, too where he only eats 1/4 of one meal then refuses everything else. Some how they do surive off one bite a day.

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Great ideas!

She is meeting milestones, but she is slow with them. She was IUGR and has never, ever been on the growth chart. I am definitely petite, but not this petite. Her ped wanted her to gain about 1 pound every 3 months to keep her on her growth curve. His concern is that she is going to fall off of her curve, and since she is already not on the growth chart at all, it could mean problems later. She has gained about 10 ounces in almost 3 months. She has a real aversion to sweet things and certain textures. I am not sure about Carnation, but I may give it a try. She may gag on that as well. She is still drinking whole milk as well. I saw something about mixing avocado with cream cheese. I wonder if she would like that?

Keep the suggestions coming. I am going to try and stop at the store on my way home tonight and grab some foods to try.

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How much does she weigh now? How much does Keira weigh?

I know it's stressful feeding a kiddo who's not interested in eating! Hang in there. I hope things get better for you. Smile

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Sarafina weighs a little over 20 pounds, and she is 27 months. Our scale says 20.6, but the .6 is not ounces. I assume it means 6/10 of a pound. Keira weighs 24 pounds. She is at the 25th percentile for height and weight. She is our biggest child. Although, she and Isaiah are close to the same growth curve. Keira is such a great eater. I try not to compare them, but when Keira shovels all of her food in and asks for more, and Sarafina just throws it around, it is hard to ignore. Biggrin

I try not to make a big deal out of food. I don't push Sarafina to eat and try not to worry about it. However, I know that someone will make a big deal out of it at some point. It is amazing what I hear in the schools. I had someone say something to me about a child who was Sarafina's age and weighed 20 pounds. They said the parents must be neglecting or abusing the child. I just calmly said that one of my twins was the same size as that child. They did not know how to respond. Our daycare had made comments as well. They mention that she is too small for her age, that she refuses to eat, etc... I really don't know how to respond to such comments other than reminding people that she has her own growth curve, and she has a really petite mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. So, that is what makes it stressful. Most of the time, I just don't really think about it. I keep an eye on her, but I just try to let her try new foods and eat how she wants. She does eat. It is just on her terms.

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It is hard having a small child, and listening to what the rest of the world has to say about them. Everyone is used to seeing people super-sized these days, it's more unusual for them to see a small child than it is for them to see an over-weight child. if having kids has taught me anything, it's not to judge too quickly. In most cases there is more to the story that meets the eye.

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"Lavender444" wrote:

Everyone is used to seeing people super-sized these days, it's more unusual for them to see a small child than it is for them to see an over-weight child.

Speaking of super-size people, I just read an article about how more schools are having to order bigger desks to accommodate larger kids. :shock: I also try to refrain from judging most things though. Working with many parents and kids has taught me that there is a lot mroe going on than most people realize.

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"Lavender444" wrote:

It is hard having a small child, and listening to what the rest of the world has to say about them. Everyone is used to seeing people super-sized these days, it's more unusual for them to see a small child than it is for them to see an over-weight child. if having kids has taught me anything, it's not to judge too quickly. In most cases there is more to the story that meets the eye.

I completely agree. I get comments as both of my boys are tiny. Trev is not on the growth charts for his weight and I get comments from so many people. It does get old; however, I've learned to tune them out. The only opinion I consider is the pedi. And he told me that I have small kids. No big suprise there. Trust your mommy instinct and worry only when you feel there is something to worry about. Unfortunately, in life, people are going to judge for a variety of reasons. We can just hope that we teach our kids how to properly handle such responses when they face these situations in the future.

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Speaking of super-size people, I just read an article about how more schools are having to order bigger desks to accommodate larger kids. .

Wow! Interesting.

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Zero help with picky eating kids, but I have a blog post with lots of interesting ideas for lunches. Maybe one will work out for her?
http://mrsseamonster.blogspot.com/2012/02/toddler-lunches-going-beyond-chicken.html

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I haven't had time to read all of the replies, but we had this issue with Miles. He gained some crazy low amount from his 18 month - 2 year check up. Something odd, like 7 oz in that 6 months time. He is an extremely picky eater, but is SLOWLY getting better.

We started using Carnation Instant Breakfast. I slowly mixed it in (he didn't like it at first) but eventually I was able to mix the whole packet in with his milk. Our doctor wanted us to come back in for a weight check in 6 months...but we were at the clinic for something else where he was weighed and his weight was looking great already so we didn't need to go back in 6. We no longer give him the carnation, but it give him a little boost when he was needing it. I guess it's the same as Pediasure...just cheaper since you mix it yourself.

We also add butter to whatever we can, thankfully he loves toast so we load on the butter! Also sneak it on crackers. We also still give him whole milk, but dh and I drink it so we'll have him drink it too.

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I've been making Jordan peanut butter and banana smoothies. She's not sucking them down like she used to but I'm still trying them because she is very picky.

PB Smoothie (I don't measure anything)
Big spoonful of PB
Half to a whole banana (whole if you want to share with the other kids)
A big spoonful of Greek yogurt
Milk to thin

Jordan loves crackers too so we go through ALOT of whole grain/ multi grain crackers. We put a thin smear of PB or spreadable cheese on them. Cream cheese could work too. Maybe you could sneak in the avocado. I may have to try that!!!

We do a lot of YoBaby plain yogurt as well. It's easy to sneak in a little purred veggies which Ineed to start doing again. Jordan loves those organic pouches with fruits and veggies. It's one of the only ways to get veggies in her.

I am fortunate in that Jordan's size is ok but I do worry about her diet constantly.

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Both my kids are tiny. Alicia weighs about 27 lbs at almost 4 years and DJ is 21.8 at 27 months. Neither gained a bloody thing between 1 and 2 years of age. DJ eats like a horse, so I don't worry about him...he's just small. Alicia is a bit pickier and for a while we were very worried and trying all kinds of things to get her to eat. We did a lot of smoothies with 6% Balkan or full fat Greek yogurt. She loves strawberries, so I used strawberries and whole milk to get her to eat that. For a solid week she had ice cream daily to get her over the worst of it (she was getting so thin the doctor was going to consider GI assessment with a possible J tube). We also provide lots of crackers with dip, she loves dip. We make it with plain yogurt and add whatever you please to it. Its better now, she eats a reasonable variety of food, but she does sometimes skip meals. We make sure to have something that she will eat on her plate and she gets a healthy bedtime snack if she skips dinner.

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We give Andrew "juice" too. Which is Baby food in those squeeze pouches. He refuses any and all fruit and veggies. But he'll suck them down in this form. I think he likes drinking from that big straw/spout, and he likes that we call them juice. I don't offer my kids juice as a beverage, so I think he feels like they're special.

Will Sarafina still eat baby food to add in some bulk?

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"Lavender444" wrote:

We give Andrew "juice" too. Which is Baby food in those squeeze pouches. He refuses any and all fruit and veggies. But he'll suck them down in this form. I think he likes drinking from that big straw/spout, and he likes that we call them juice. I don't offer my kids juice as a beverage, so I think he feels like they're special.

Do you guys use a certain brand of pouches? I just recently discovered these things and so far they have been hit/ miss with T. I did get him to drink one of the green veggie pouches and was excited about that. J wanted to try one, so I let him. After a few sips, he realized that it was pretty gross....lol. I may have to call it "juice" for T. J gets juice once in awhile, but T only gets water or milk.... good idea, Amber!

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"Cali26" wrote:

Do you guys use a certain brand of pouches? I just recently discovered these things and so far they have been hit/ miss with T. I did get him to drink one of the green veggie pouches and was excited about that. J wanted to try one, so I let him. After a few sips, he realized that it was pretty gross....lol. I may have to call it "juice" for T. J gets juice once in awhile, but T only gets water or milk.... good idea, Amber!

I stick to the organic ones. Plum, Happy Baby, I think. I always get the ones with the green veggies too. Andrew loves the spinach mixes and the broccoli and apple ones the most. But he'll drink them all.

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I've never seen a broccoli one in any of our stores. We usually buy the Happy Baby brand and we have found them for as cheap as $1 each at Central Market. Jordan is getting one of these a day now. She hasn't turned one down yet!

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I have not tried the pouches, other than for applesauce. Sarafina ate all of her veggies and bread and butter last night. Forget the good fattening pasta though. She spit it out. It was a four cheese penne that I bought from Schwan's. She loves the full fat type of cottage cheese, so we try to give her that with fruit and such. I moved her to lowfat yogurt because that is what Keira eats. They have to eat the same thing or they refuse their food. However, I may be able to make some smoothies for her using full fat yogurt and give Keira something that she thinks is similar. We also try to give her a snack before bed when we can, but she often doesn't want that either. She will drink milk at almost any time and does like cheese cubes. I try to give her as much of that as she wants without giving her so much that she gets constipated. The girls take vitamins with iron, so I have to be careful about that. I also have them both on probiotics. I do allow my kids to drink juice. They get one glass a day with about 4 oz. of juice watered down with 4 oz. of water. That works best with their probiotic powder.

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Sounds like you have a good plan in place. Yay for her eating well last night! Smile We use to give Andrew juice when he was tiny for constipation. So maybe if you noitce the cheese backing her up, you can add in a little extra apple or pear juice to keep things moving along. Those little baby food pouches are good at keeping Andrew regular now too, so that might be worth a try if you have issues,

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"Lavender444" wrote:

Sounds like you have a good plan in place. Yay for her eating well last night! Smile We use to give Andrew juice when he was tiny for constipation. So maybe if you noitce the cheese backing her up, you can add in a little extra apple or pear juice to keep things moving along. Those little baby food pouches are good at keeping Andrew regular now too, so that might be worth a try if you have issues,

This has been a paid advertisement for the Baby food pouches. (Geeze, do ya think I could possibly push these things any more? :rolleyes: You'd think I work for them! :biglaugh: )

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This has been a paid advertisement for the Baby food pouches. (Geeze, do ya think I could possibly push these things any more? :rolleyes: You'd think I work for them! :biglaugh: )

ROFL You obviously like them. I will have to pick some up when I go to the store this weekend.

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This has been a paid advertisement for the Baby food pouches. (Geeze, do ya think I could possibly push these things any more? :rolleyes: You'd think I work for them! :biglaugh: )

Amber - Love how you quoted yourself! Wink

Melanie - This is a good conversation/topic. Keep us posted on Sarafina. You are doing awesome with all of your attempts!

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I bought some of the Plum baby food pouches yesterday. Well...it was really only 4 because those are expensive! Keira loved the Blueberry, Pear, Purple Carrots right away. Sarafina was not sure about it. I told her it was just like applesauce, but the container was a different color. So, she screamed and carried on about it...until....I squeezed some onto a spoon and showed her that it looked like some of the applesauce we usually eat. Then, she decided to give it a try. She loved it. Biggrin That kid is NOT adventurous at all. She did eat all of her dinner though. :woohoo:

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Yay! A double success! Yahoo

And, yeah...the price on those things are a bit nutty, but I figure it's worth it for me to keep Drew liking the veggies taste. I tried making my own, like I did with baby food, but I think Andrew likes the delivery method, because it won't touch them in any other form. I think that Gerber makes a version of them as well. I've seen then at Target, but I try to stick to Organic, so I haven't really looked too close at them for what's in them or what the cost is. But if Sarafina will eat it from a spoon, you could just make your own, or buy jars?

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"melnzai" wrote:

I bought some of the Plum baby food pouches yesterday. Well...it was really only 4 because those are expensive! Keira loved the Blueberry, Pear, Purple Carrots right away. Sarafina was not sure about it. I told her it was just like applesauce, but the container was a different color. So, she screamed and carried on about it...until....I squeezed some onto a spoon and showed her that it looked like some of the applesauce we usually eat. Then, she decided to give it a try. She loved it. Biggrin That kid is NOT adventurous at all. She did eat all of her dinner though. :woohoo:

Watch for sales! Target will put the Happy Baby ones on sale for about $1.09 (?) and the cheapest we've found them is $1 at Central Market. They are more like $1.50 at our Kroger Market Place. Definitely shop and compare prices. Jordan is super picky these days so I feel really good that I'm able to give her these.

Amber, I thought about making my own but Jordan is so suspicious when she knows I've made something. Homemade veggie lasagna? Won't touch it. Amy's veggie lasagna? Eats it up. STINKER.