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Question: My 10 year old weighs 51 pounds.....


 Jennifer R.N. - Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:07 am

He is in the 25percentile for height but has completely fallen off the scale for weight. He borderline "failure to thrive!" He is an EXTREMELY picky eater. I think this is partially due to his Aspergers syndrome. He has very heightened senses. But he's so thin. I've been giving him Pediasure but that gets expensive. He's otherwise a healthy normal little boy. Hardly ever sick and most definitely not tired. He gets up about 7:30-8:00am and he goes to bed at 9pm but is usually still awake at 11pm. I take him to the Doc for his yearly check-ups and they never say anything about it. My side of the family on my Dad's side is also very thin so I tend to think it's just genetic. High metabolism. He doesn't have any of the other symptoms of things like hyperthyroidism and such. Does anyone have any other ideas on getting him to eat better. I think I've tried everything!! :? :(
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Fri Jul 15, 2005 7:36 am

Hi Jen,
Most kids pass through this phase of being picky eaters.
Of course, in your son's case, it may be related to the Asperger's, but then again it may be only partly related.
Genetics also play a big role in weight gain, so if you and your spouse are slim, your child may not put on pounds quickly.
To determine whether your child is receiving enough food, your child's doctor (sometimes with the help of a dietitian) could do a calorie count after knowing what your child eats every day.

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