The Cause Of Weight Gain Of Children Aged 5 Years Is Difficult To Increase?
I have a twin niece who is currently 4.5 years old and weighs less than 15 kg even though she consumes a lot of milk and multivitamins. She initially weighs 18 kilos after being hospitalized in November last year, why is she getting thinner. they are also diligent in being given worm medicine every 6 months. it is impossible to be malnourished right? remember the food that is given is nutritious plus drinking milk and drinking vitamins
Hi Nabilla, Thank you for the question.
The normal body weight of children aged 4.5 years is 13.6-22.2 kg in boys and 13.2-22.8 kg in girls. If your nephew's weight is still within this range, then your nephew's weight is still classified as normal. However, if your nephew's weight is difficult to gain or less than normal, then of course his parents should know the cause. Weight gain in children who are difficult to gain can be caused by:
nutritional deficiencies, gastric acid disorders, nutrient absorption disorders such as cow's milk allergy, lactose intolerance, Celiac disease chronic infections such as tuberculosis, thyroid hormone disorders, congenital heart disease. Please advise your nephew's parents to record their child's weight to monitor their growth and development. If indeed weight gain does not occur, suggest consulting a pediatrician for further tests. Please advise your nephew's parents to keep on providing a balanced nutritious diet including formula milk. Also pay attention if your nephew has other complaints such as fever, cough, weakness, pale; tell the doctor about the complaint.
Hope this information is helpful.