Best Foods for Weight Gain in Babies and Kids
Since time immemorial moms have always been concerned about making their child gain weight. A lot of moms I meet have an issue with their child’s eating habits. They often complain that their child is not gaining enough weight, is underweight or has stopped gaining weight off late.
Well, let us put an end to this worry as today I will be sharing some easy tips to make your child put on some weight in a healthy manner. But before we begin I want you to understand that these tips are for children who genuinely belong to the ‘underweight’ category.
Some times as parents we tend to believe that our kid is not eating enough or is thin, whereas according to medical standards the child has an absolutely healthy weight. So first things first stop listening to relatives, friends, neighbours about how your child looks thin and unhealthy
The easiest step- talk to your Pediatrician!
He or she will be the best person to tell you if your child needs some help. Your Pediatrician will assess your child’s height to weight ratio along with a number of other parameters in order to arrive at a conclusion.
Now if you are beginning to think why am I talking stressing so much over this? Because a child whose weight is normal as per his age and height is healthy. Following diets which promote weight gain in such children often cause them to become overweight or even obese!
If only your Pediatrician suggests there is a need for your child to gain some kgs, here is your green signal to follow these tips. If not, then understand that your child probably has a ‘lean’ body type.
Add foods like
Oats are not only packed with carbohydrates but also contain minerals that are essential for your baby’s growth.
They are packed with energy and carbohydrates; overall bananas promote weight gain. Give bananas to your child as it is, or add them to milkshakes and fruit salads.
Milk and milk products are the best things to add to your child’s diet if you are wanting them to gain weight.
Chicken and Fish/ Daals, beans, sprouts:
Healthy sources of proteins for your child
Poha (Flattened Rice) and Finger Millet (Ragi) are the best breakfast options and loaded with nutrition for kids.
Next, if your concern is your child does not each enough or troubles you a lot, here are a few things that you can try doing:
If you are dealing with a ‘Picky Eater’ i.e. a child who is extremely selective about the foods he or she eats, let them have what they like and never force them to try new things. This may be a phase and is commonly seen between 3-5 years of age.
If you have a ‘Fussy Eater’ i.e. child who rejects foods, they like one day and happily eats them the next day- it is time for you to be creative! Try attractive recipes for kids which make food look interesting and also give variations to common recipes.
Lastly, if you are a mom who feels your child has shown a recent change in eating patterns: I want you to answer a few questions:
Does your child feel pushed or pressured to finish the food?
If yes, then make sure to change this. Kids are slower than adults to eat and thus take more time. So if you are trying to feed your kid, make sure you have enough time and are not in a hurry.
Is your child filling up on snacks?
Snacks are good but make sure that snacking time is not close to mealtime.
Is your child consuming a lot of sugar?
Eating sugar-rich foods like candies, jelly, jams, cakes, cookies, pastries, packed juices can lead to reduced appetite. So it is best to limit (not restrict) their intake in order to ensure your child has proper meals.
It is necessary to remain calm as weight gain can be a slow process and we also want it to be healthy. Aim to make your child ‘Fit’ and not ‘Fat’! So that’s it, I hope all your doubts regarding your child’s weight gain have been addressed! If you have some questions, feel free to ask me in the comments section below!
This authored guest post is written by Dr Tarana Malick is a practising paediatrician and can be contacted via her Instagram as well.