How tall is your child, how much do they weigh, and what percentile are they? Also, what has your pediatrician told you about your child's weight?
I took DS to the pediatrician today and he was diagnosed with strep. They weighed him and he was 29 lbs even which is up from his 4 year well check in April where he was roughly 28.6 lbs or something like that (I don't really remember what came after the decimal). At the time he was classified as being in the "less than 10th%" category for BMI. Our pediatrician just kind of shrugged and said that "someone has to be on the bottom" and left it at that.
We were upstairs just now and I decided to check his height on our growth chart in the nursery and he measures in at 38 inches. Apparently weighing only 29 lbs at 38 inches tall puts him in the 3rd% for BMI which according to everything I've read means he is underweight. He is about 50th% for height and 15th% for weight. I'm a little confused about whether to go with BMI or actual weight. I do know that BMI is actually pretty accurate for kids simply because kids usually don't have tons of muscle mass that can throw off the calculation like some adults. It seems like his weight gain has been slowing over time but he is still growing well.
So, now I feel like a dope for not bringing up his weight with the pediatrician while I was at the office. I was just happy he had gained since his last appointment in April and didn't think much more of it since I just wanted to get the strep taken care of. I have to take DS2 for his 4 month well-check on July 8th which isn't too far off so we will be back but I was kind of wondering what I should do in the mean time.
The deal is that the kid just doesn't eat much of anything, except ice cream. Even his favorites. He just won't eat a large amount in one sitting. Obviously I can't give him ice cream all the time. He drinks whole milk but he also is not a big drinker, either, and just doesn't seem to get thirsty. Now that he has strep he isn't eating anything at all hardly and he always loses weight when he's sick because he won't eat for at least 3 or 4 days. I did get some Pediasure to help him with his calorie intake while he is sick.
tl;dr-Is your child underweight? What has your pediatrician said about it? How can I get my child to eat? Should I just stop being a worry wart?