It can feel overwhelming if you’re told by your pediatrician that your child is underweight. It’s important to remember that one or two plot points on a growth chart are not necessarily a sign that a child isn’t growing at the rate that is right for them. And genetics should be considered as well. However, keeping an eye on a child’s growth and having ongoing conversations with their pediatrician and dietitian, if you have access to one is important to recognize any potential undernutrition or an underlying medical condition. If you and your pediatrician decide that it’s important to increase or maximize your child’s food intake, here are some helpful tips that can help make this possible while helping to reduce stress around eating and preserve a healthy relationship with food and eating for your child. And the list can go on. However, there are times when a child’s weight decreases or fails to increase and specific, immediate, and ongoing intervention is necessary. For example.
The thick, sticky mucus that your body produces makes it hard to absorb fat and nutrients, which is why a good cystic fibrosis diet is one that is high in calories and high in fat. People with cystic fibrosis need extra calories for several reasons. Fighting infections and coughing on a regular basis also burns extra calories. Maintaining a healthy weight — and sometimes increasing it — is key to fighting infection and keeping your lungs and body strong. By making small changes in your daily routine, you can make a big difference in your weight. Give yourself time to plan. Before you go to sleep, think about the busy day ahead. Where will you be spending your time?
Consume more than the body burns, weight goes up. Less, weight goes down. But what about the type of calories: Does it matter whether they come from specific nutrients-fat, protein, or carbohydrate? Specific foods-whole grains or potato chips? And what about when or where people consume their calories: Does eating breakfast make it easier to control weight? Does eating at fast-food restaurants make it harder? The good news is that many of the foods that help prevent disease also seem to help with weight control-foods like whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. And many of the foods that increase disease risk-chief among them, refined grains and sugary drinks-are also factors in weight gain.