tips to gain weight for kids

Safe and Healthy Tips to Gain Weight for Kids

Poor weight gain is defined as gaining weight at a slower rate than other children who are of the same age and sex. Poor weight gain is not a disease, but rather a symptom. If you are looking for how to gain weight for kids, know these causes of poor weight gain which include the following:

  • Not consuming an adequate amount of calories or not consuming the right combination of protein, fat, and carbohydrates
  • Not absorbing an adequate amount of nutrients
  • Requiring a higher than normal amount of calories

how to gain weight for kids

Sample diet for weight gain in toddlers

Early morning      –      Almond figs Milkshake

Breakfast            –     Cheese sandwich/stuffed aloo parantha/oats/pancakes

Midmorning         –     Ragi muffins/nuts/boiled egg/

Lunch                  –     Vegetable khichdi with ghee/ Dal & roti

Evening time       –     Sweet potato& fruit chaat/fruit custard/chicken stew

Dinner                 –     Roti with ghee + Dal + Jaggery/Fruit Jelly

Foods that can help toddlers gain weight are:

  • Fruits

Banana, Peach, Pear, Dry fruits

  • Vegetables

Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Whole Wheat, Oats, Ragi, Potatoes, Virgin Coconut oil

  • Dairy Products

Ghee, Cheese

  • Non-Veg Food

Plain meats, Eggs

General Tips for Introducing Weight Gaining Foods to Babies

  • Try introducing every new food every week, be patient, don’t expect immediate weight gain.
  • Till the baby is exclusively breastfed, breast milk helps best to gain weight.

how to gain weight for kids

Some Don’ts

  • Never Force-feed the child.
  • Don’t overdo with things like sugars and fats although there is a need for the baby to gain weight.
  • Do not keep large gaps between any two meals of the toddler. Something to eat should be offered every two hourly.