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My son is 5 percentile is weight., he skips lunch in school.

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My son is 5 percentile is weight. , he skips lunch in school . How to improve his appetite ? What food can I give him to increase weight, he had lost weight and he always needs iPhone or iPad to eat ? What food will increase his appetite?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.
I am Dr. Su S. and I will try my best to help you.

How was his weight since birth?

What food does he take usually?

When was he checked by his doctor?

Did he have any test?

How is his physical activity?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How was his weight since birth?
his birth wt was @ 10 percentile..while @ 3 he was 45 percentile now for the last 1 year he has been @ 10 percentile or lessWhat food does he take usually?
He has nut allergy(all nuts) and fish allergy but he eats the rest of the food.When was he checked by his doctor?
every 6 months..the last he was checked was last monthDid he have any test?
He did allergy testHow is his physical activity?
very minimal after school hours...
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the input.

Failure to gain weight can be due to several factors.

This can be inadequate intake, inter current or recurrent illness.

Chronic infection, metabolic disorder, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, endocrine abnormalities etc. are some possibilities.

Sometimes, genetic influence can be there.

Common illnesses to impede weight gain are infection, worm infestation.

If doctor thinks necessary hormonal studies, ultrasound examination, X rays,stool & urine tests can be taken.

You can discuss the above issues with his pediatrician.

You can take a few measures to increase his food & calorie intake.

Please try to make him avoid using i pad during taking food.

This may prevent his taking food in school.

Foods will not increase appetite but you can give him calorie, vitamin rich foods.

Milk will be good & can be given as snacks.

Please try to give him more food during breakfast & dinner as he is trying to skip lunch.

Give proteins like meat, egg along with bread, vegetables, fruits.

I hope this information will be helpful.

If you have any query, please feel free to ask.

If you are happy with my answer please click on the Excellent/Good rating.

Wish his healthy life.