need help getting my 2 1/2 year old daughter to gain weight

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Michaelas Mom
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   Posted 9/4/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
 i am needing some advice on getting my 2 1/2 old to eat more caleries. she went to the doctor today because she has been couging a lot and sometimes vommeting with the cough. he said he x-ray of her chest didn't look the greatest but wasn't to bad so he put her on keflex for 2 weeks and she has to be seen in 2 weeks. they want her x-ray to look better and also want to see her weight go up or they are going to admit her into the hospital for iv and for a bronoscopy to see if she is growing anything in her lungs. I am very worried it is really hard to get her to eat a lot. she weighs 25.7 lbs which i don't think is all that bad but they do. how much should she weigh with her cercumstances? if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. she is on pediasure 3-4 times a day also. im really going to push her to drink 4 a day.
 
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   Melissa confused

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   Posted 9/5/2007 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Melissa!

Depending on her weight and height, depends on where she is on the body mass index. I guess this is what they will be going by, when deciding what weight your daughter should be at. I'm not sure if it's the same for the very young, as it is for teens/adults. But, they want weight in people with CF to be in the high normal range. This way, when they have an infection, it's easier to fight off.

For weight gain, I tend to snack throughout the day. If I'm not in any mood to eat, and try to eat a meal, I end up feeling sick and bloated.
I find snacking on crisps and sweets and fizzy pop is the best way for me too gain weight. This way though take s alot of teeth cleaning, because the last thing you need is for oral health to go wrong aswell.

I'm not very clued into what's right and wrong for a 2 year old, but there's some suggestions, to what I use for my own weight gain.

Hope your daughter doesn't have to have the bronoscopy or the IV's and that she can get some meat on her bones.

Keep us updated to how things are going!

*soft hugs*
Gem
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mbrace99
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   Posted 9/10/2007 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
If you want her to gain weight get the scandi shakes and ask you doctor for a prescription for a powder called DUOCAL. It adds calories to whatever you put it on. It is tasteless. Start looking at calories on everything. Only buy what is the highest, also buy vitamin D milk, and add extra butter or sour cream to foods that it would mix into well. Like mac and cheese, mashed potatos.
It is hard to get cf kids to gain weight. How is her appetite. My son ended up getting a g-tube because he just stopped eating. Not to say that she will. My son is on the worst end of cf.
Good luck at the weight game....my prayers are with you.

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   Posted 9/11/2007 1:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Just to point out, on the Skandishake packaging, it says do not give too children under 3 years and 3-5 years, mix half a sachet with 240mls of milk.
On most medication people with CF get set different guidelines, but Skandishakes are actually designed for people with CF.

Always ask your doctor before giving any medication that isn't suitable for your child's age.
 
How is your daughter doing Melissa?


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 Woe to the child which when kissed on the forehead tastes salty. She is bewitched and soon must die.
 Diagnosed with: Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, ABPA, Clinical Depression, Mild liver cirrohsis, mild osteopenia. Waiting for final diagnosis on Muscular Dystrophy type symptoms.
 Medication: Creon 10,000, Flucloxacillin, Vitamins A,D+E, Serevent, Salbutamol, Paracetamol, Ondansetron, Nefopam, Ciprofloxacin, Ursodeoxycholic Acid, Saline neb/PEP system, Piriton, Mirtazapine, Diazepam, slow-sodium. 
Had a Port-a-cath fitted on chest wall since Nov 05

Post Edited (Darkies Gem) : 9/11/2007 2:30:36 AM (GMT-6)

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