How to Help a Toddler with Multiple Food Allergies Gain Weight
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Even with food allergies, your toddler can be healthy.


As the mom of a toddler with food allergies, each meal probably causes you to panic. Some young children with food allergies are underweight due to the foods that must be eliminated from their diets. As if you didn't have enough to worry about. Don't panic. Just because your toddler is allergic to some foods doesn't mean you can't help her gain weight and stay on track with her development. Work with her doctor to create a safe diet that will put her on the growth chart and leave you with one less thing to worry about.

Steps

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    Serve five to six safe meals and a couple of snacks each day that contain a variety of foods that don't cause an allergic reaction. Offering more to eat during the day is an easy way to get more calories into her and help her gain weight.
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    Offer your toddler a variety of safe foods. Yes, toddlers are notoriously picky eaters and adding in food allergies might leave you with a small select number of foods your toddler will willingly eat. Try to get your toddler to eat as much variety as possible because this helps increase her overall nutrient intake and helps get as many calories into her body as possible.
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    Serve more high-calorie foods. This might go against everything you understand about raising a healthy toddler, but offering high-quality calories that don't cause an allergic reaction can help your child put on weight in a healthy way. Cook vegetables in canola oil or smear a sandwich with mashed avocado. Depending on your toddler's allergies, top vegetables with shredded cheese or butter, top crackers with peanut butter or other nut butters, and serve fruit in fruit juice rather than water. Fruit smoothies made with yogurt, hummus on vegetables and pasta with cheese are other good options.
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    Talk to your doctor about a zinc supplement. Zinc can often increase a toddler's appetite and can therefore get your toddler to finish what's on her plate. You have to get the dosage correct for your toddler's weight so work with her pediatrician before giving her a zinc product.
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    Avoid unhealthy foods. Yes, they might be high in calories that could lead your toddler to gain weight, but they are also too high in sugar, salt and unhealthy fats and contribute to health problems. Stay away from fast food, frozen dinners, candy, soda, processed desserts and packaged snacks, many of which contain common food allergens and might not be safe to eat anyway.

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