If your child seems to be gaining weight too slowly, you should take your child to your healthcare provider for a check-up. There are many reasons why your child may be underweight:
Your provider can help you figure out why your child is having trouble gaining weight.
When children are underweight, they may need to eat more fats and calories for a short time than normally recommended in a healthy diet. Your provider can also advise you about physical activity for your child. The right amount of exercise can help to increase your child’s appetite.
If your provider has recommended a high-calorie diet, here are some ways to add extra calories.
You can add calories to formula or breast milk. Ask your provider for instructions on how to make a high-calorie milk that is safe for your baby.
For children old enough to eat solid foods you can:
When your child is on a special diet, always work closely with your child's healthcare provider. Eating a high calorie diet for too long can lead to too much weight gain.