child weight & height

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kaselvanayagi 2009-04-11 11:18:08


my son 2 1/2 yrs is a poor eater.


he is under weight /height.

how to improve ? can any one sugest me spl food/tonics for his growth


aanchal 2009-04-11 23:16:39



first check out few things like: intestinal worms(very common and very bad for health), water intake(at least 1litre fluid daily), calcium intake(u can give chewable tablets-for kids, like sandoz), motions(constipation/ loose motions, both affect appetite)

some ideas for meals:

-whole wheat bread instead of maida bread (the ingredients on the packet should say 'whole' wheat, not just wheat)

- whole wheat pasta and veggies in white sause (coarsely mashed)

-maggie with lots of finely chopped veggies

- paav bhaaji- with less spices of course (it is an excellent source of all veggies)

- make a powder mixture of almonds, cashewnuts, pista and walnuts. add it to milk while boiling. strain it before u give the milk.

- same mixture in all kinds of porridge u make for him(sooji, saabudana, ragi, oatmeal porridge)

- honey, instead of sugar, in milk

- mix boiled potatoes/ carrots/ peas in dough for his chapati

- aatta chila, besan chila, soyabean chila with tomato-ketchup faces on them

he may not be liking the taste of the food u serve(hard to believe!). some children are more fond of sweet dishes, while some like spicy. find out what yr son likes more..(chocolates or spicy pickles!!) that will guide u how to serve  tasty items with hidden nutrition

invite his friends over for snacks/ tend to eat better when they see other children eating

do not serve big portions. kids get turned off by seeing huge servings in their plates. instead serve little at a time. do not insist or cajole him into 'finishing' the meal. kids do not like the pressure to finish. in any case, do not make him feel guilty for not finishing. he will eventually pick up from here.

check out recipe books for kids by tarla dalal, juhi agrawal.


(pssst...your son may have a natural disposition towards thin body-structure, in which case, he is less likely to gain much weight...also, check out with the doc if he is really underweight..we moms tend to perceive our babies as underweight, if they are not too fat!!)


aanchal 2009-04-11 23:18:29


u can also give him homeopathic alfalfa tonic (pediatric)- if u believe in is an excellent tonic.


kaselvanayagi 2009-04-13 11:33:41


thanks anchal

he is just 9.5 kgs, 72 cms for 2 years 6 months

he likes sweets/ spicy chips for sometimes.

nothing long lasts. valid for only 2 days in his menu. then, he just won't turn back.







aanchal 2009-04-13 13:16:19


ya..the numbers reflect poor growth..does he keep active or shows dullness/lethargy?

try that tonic. i have found it very useful..also, what does his doc say?


kaselvanayagi 2009-04-13 15:34:14


he is active, sharp.

what is that tonic  u r talking abt?




aanchal 2009-04-13 21:27:15


homeopathic alfalfa tonic (pediatric)- if u believe in homeopathy.


kaselvanayagi 2009-04-13 22:00:51


so far,  i have tried, aptivate, dexorange...i'll try this also


 Former member 2009-04-13 22:27:24



My baby is 2 years 3 months and is also underweight and under height. He is 9 kgs and 81 cms. As far as weight is concerned, his pediatrician told us that if he is active and eating well, we must not worry, but as parent I can very well understand what you might be going through. Consult a good Pediatric Endocronilogist around your area. You can try "Pediasure"  in milk or water. We also keep giving our child sneak-in calories in between meals, like rasins, cashews, fruits, even healthy buscuits anywhere anytime, something he can hold and eat and also enjoys but not very heavy, otherwise they will not take meals properly. Instead of giving your child 3 big meals you can divide it into many small meals. B/w just get him urine checked and also ask your doctor for deworming. Height is something that can change drastically over the years and also depends on parents' height. Make your child run or be physically very active, participate with him on daily basis to play some running or jumping or cycliing games. If he is a choosy eater give him what he wishes to eat more that what you want him to eat. Slowly he will also start liking other stuff. Banana, eggs and mango are extremely healthy fruits, which we give our child everyday,


aanchal 2009-04-13 22:32:36


i am curious what the doc says regarding his growth..

children lose appetites with certain worms and no amount of tonic will help unless you deworm them. also, if there is a tendency to get constipated often, appetite suffers.  some children, do not wish to eat if they have frequent lose motions. talk to yr doc about the possibility of worms, high BMR, low hb.

all the best..hope things get better soon


 Former member 2009-04-14 12:21:12


Apart from what I had mentioned earlier, your child's weight is perfectly normal with respect to his height, so probably it is the height which might be his problem. In this case do ask your Pediatric Endochrinologist about his growth hormones also apart from Urine culture and deworming. As a mother, I used to really get worried for my child, but now I have realized that I can only try and hope for better. If your child doesn't fall sick often and is generally happy and active, then relax.




kaselvanayagi 2009-04-14 13:48:33


he don't fall sick often.

Loose motion once in six months, that too only when he consumes unwanted things.

We are vegeterian. doc says, worming occurs often, only for non veg taking  kids.

his stmoach out loook is normal(not big), he don't claim any pain. doc refuses to give  de-worming tonics for him.anyway, suggest me any best..i'll try 1 or 2 doses

He is not taking pediasure.i don't know, how he identifies the taste.

having milk is also very less....half a glass per day....main problem.

i tried, boost, complan,badam mix for taste.

he loves mangoes all time

egg and bananas are ok  for some times






 Former member 2009-04-14 21:33:25


Hi Selva,

You can get his urine tests done, also ask the doctor about his growth hormones and make sure that his pediatrician is specialized in "Endocrinology". As far as worms are concerned, any kid can get them as they play in sand or can put their hands in their mouth after touching something not so clean or anything like that. Even we are vegetarians, but have de-wormed our son once, but then of course doctors would know more and without their concent, we must not do anything ourselves.

Ghee can be added in at least 2 meals of his. If your child likes mango, then you can try mango shake, there you can add milk, but no sugar. Anything that can be added with milk can be given or curd, paneer, cheese, lassi (sweet/salty) etc. are also good source of calcium, but if he doesn't like all this also, then some calcium and multivitamin syrup should be given.

As I had mentioned earlier, I think his weight is fine with the height he has, so probably once his height increases, his weight will also increase. You can check for height-weight chart, which is independent of age.

Since he doesn't fall sick often, that means he is otherwise a healthy child. With his food habits, don't get upset, keep on trying new ways, like put on his favourite cartoon show while giving him meals or new cups or bottles for milk or making him eat with some neighbour's kids etc.


Cecilia 2009-05-14 16:38:45


What is the normal weight for two and a half year old boy?


Kuhu 2009-09-23 14:07:48



My nehew is Somu ,5 years old and he weighs 11 kg and he is even short in height compare to my other nephew Aayush who is 1 year younger to him and weighs 12 kg at age of 4 years and even height of Aayush is proper dan somu what can be problem is der for for somu is not increasing in height and weight


moksha 2009-09-25 15:53:52


I too am a little sceptical about my sons height which is 100cm. Would anyone know if this ok for a 4 year old boy. his father 6 ft and i am about 5.3.




kaselvanayagi 2009-10-04 14:31:39


dear sumiamt

i would like to know your baby's current height and check growth rate

my son is 3 yrs ...88 cm....10.25 kgs


kaselvanayagi 2009-10-04 14:44:22


dear moksha

for 4 yr old boy 103 cm and wg 16.7kg normal as per chart i have


 Former member 2009-10-04 17:31:57



My baby is 2 years 9 months and is 84.5 cms in height and weighs 10.5 kgs.


bdya 2009-10-08 13:10:06


my daughter is 2 yrs 10 mnths and is 87cms in height and weighs 11kgs. doc says she's under weight but she's very active and healthy


smile 2009-10-08 18:00:46


Hi Pals,

Kindly let me know the height & Weight for 3 Yrs Old boy.


kaselvanayagi 2009-10-08 20:46:09



hi smile and bdya,

3 yrs  avg. height :  95cms              Range (85 - 105 cms)

weight :15 kg                   Range (11 - 20 kg)


dear bdya

i think your daughter matches to her height



Raj 2009-10-19 13:42:03


My son is 2 yrs and his weight is 11.30 and height is 83 cms.  Doctor says his height is not ok.  Can anyone guide for regardng food / exercise for increasing the height.  Secondly I also want to know whether gymnastic is good for him?


AH 2009-10-21 07:20:10


@Raj, your son's height and weight perfectly match each other and for his age. Yes, he is on the lower range, but these numbers are normal for his age. Height depends on various factors such as hormones, genetics, nutrition etc. Are you and your wife very tall? If you both are of average height, his height fits in with yours. For a normal child you can't do much other than giving a healthy diet to increase height. An active 2 yr old would not need gymnastics or vigorous exercise! They usually keep themselves busy!! Hope this helps.

Anjana Hulse


ashoo 2009-10-27 23:46:34


my son is 3.10 yr old what should be his average weight


Varsha 2009-11-05 11:36:37



My son is 3.2 yr old .  He is 84cm in height and 10kg in weight.  He is healthy means he doesn't fall ill oftenly.  But his resisitnace power is very less.  If he play outdoor games for sometime, he starts coughing. Pls give me suggestion what should i do?


aanchal 2009-11-05 13:05:23


hi varsha, many suggestions on immunity have been discussed earlier in this and other posts.


bdya 2010-01-13 10:29:34


now at almost 3.2 yrs old my daughter is 90cm and 12kg. she can pass out for 2 yrs old. most of the 2 yrs are way taller and haftier than her. looking at my cousin's daughter i believe one child has his/her own pace of growing. my daughter has been so far very lively and healthy... only that she's a picky eater

anyone with similar case...


hpriya 2010-01-13 18:37:50


 My 4.8 year old son weighs 14 kg  and is 104 cm tall.Is this ok ? pls tell me


bdya 2010-07-09 11:25:09



now at 3.7 yrs my daughter is 93.5cm tall and still 12kg....pls moms out there share ur child's height and weight...


 Former member 2011-03-18 13:50:24


My kid looks very thin. She is 2.10 years old. 14kg weight and 90CM height. Is she underweight?

 Some times she looks very tired. She does not like to take fruits and not even juices. She takes lot of time to finish her food. She needs some new toy or new thing which attracts her attention and I should say that if you won't take food you will miss that. If I failed find a item which attracts her attention, she will surely skip the lunch/dinner for that day.  

I am a working mother, where I could not spend hours to feed her.

Could anyone please help me.

Thanks in advance.



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