How can I fatten up my Kindergartner?
May 19, 2009 5:24 PM Subscribe
My six-year-old son takes a stimulant medication, and going off it is not an option. In the two months he's been taking it, he's lost a considerable amount of weight. Have any of you faced this with your kids or yourself, and if so, what did you do?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (16 answers total)
He drinks two Ensures a day, but that's not a good long-term solution. I've tried putting half-and-half on his oatmeal and butter on his noodles, but he's eating so little that it's not helping much. He's smart and understands that he needs to eat more, but he has no appetite at all. He'll eat a few bites for breakfast (before he takes his medication; he's never liked breakfast), not eat anything during the day, and then eat what would be a reasonable dinner if it weren't his only meal of the day.
I've tried tempting him with milkshakes, avocados, ice cream, whatever he wants, and he just can't bring himself to eat it. What he does eat is healthy; there just isn't enough of it. He has a fast metabolism and is very active, so he burns up calories like crazy.
We'll be seeing his doctor soon, so I can run ideas past her.