The skinny on my thin kid...

First of all, I would like to thank all of you who commented on yesterday's post and offered some wonderful advice and kind words of encouragement.  (Big hugs to all of you!)  

I had a hard time sleeping last night.  Thoughts of my malnourished son kept running through my mind.  So this morning, I called a family friend, who also happens to be a nutriologa (nutritionist).  I explained our "situation" and she scheduled an appointment for 6pm.

When we arrived at her office, she expressed how shocked she was at Nick's diagnosis, because she knows what a great cook (and mom) I am.

She weighed and measured him.  Then she measured his body fat and muscle tone.  She checked his blood pressure, skin tone and elasticity, and finally his hair.  It was a very thorough physical examination, followed by a bunch of questions about everything from his eating habits and favorite foods, to his physical activity.

Final Diagnosis:

Nick is NOT malnourished.  But he is slightly underweight for his height.

As far as his diet is concerned, he needs to eat more of the things that he dislikes most, which are pastas and veggies. We were given a food chart that lists what foods (and portions) Nick needs to consume at every meal.

And I was told not to worry...My son is healthy and that is all any mother can ask for. 

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*For those of you wondering how much a visit to a nutritionist costs in Mexico...we paid 100 pesos.  (That's less than 10 U.S. dollars!)

11 comments

  1. I never had a single doubt in your motherhood skills. Glad you can put this to rest now.

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  2. As Mothers we never stop worrying. My daughter is 15 lbs. over weight, she carries it all around her waist. Lateley she has been teased and bullied at school because of this. So just imagine how I feel! I blame myself for cooking and baking all that unhealthy stuff! She has been on a diet or as I like to call it making healthier choices. So far she has lost 4 pounds, 1 lb. a week. Her clothes are starting to fit a whole lot better. Whether your child is underweight or overweight we still blame ourselves and worry about them. I just wished kids weren't so cruel, I'm tired of her coming home crying! Don't worry kids aren't dumb, they eat when they are hungry! I'm sure he gets plenty to eat. He's probably just naturally skinny!

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  3. glad you were able to get him checked so that you could have peace of mind. we all know you're a great mom and there's no way that he is malnourished. i didn't grow up eating fruits or veggies, bananas and mangos, yes, but not much else. heck, i didn't even eat a salad until i was 23. it happened at a banquet where the food was very late so by the time the salad came, i was starved. by the way, neither of my boys liked fish growing up and now they love sushi. so as someone said, it takes a developing palate. once they're ready to eat something, they will.

    i haven't commented much lately because i've been so busy. two more weeks of school and i'll be out for the summer so i'll have more time for comments and e-mailing.

    take care leslie, you are a #1 mom!

    teresa in lake stevens

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  4. Was there ever any doubt? :)

    You're an awesome mom.

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  5. I'm glad you had him examined by someone else it's a good reminder that when it comes to something medical always get a second opinion!

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  6. See! You just proved your a good mother cause you went for a second opinion and some more advise. Judy

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  7. Awesome... like I said, every "body" is different!!

    OMG - I used to pay my nutritionist back home $150 a visit, PLUS supplements!!!! That was sometimes twice a month!! I can't even find a good one here in Cancun.... I'll have to keep looking!

    SO happy it worked out :)

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  8. Woo hoo! Glad he's fine. I had not a doubt that he was fine. My sister was thin in her adolescent years. Very thin. I was always on the other side of the fence, always needing to work off a few lbs. To this day, our bodies are in about the same shape. Both of us have had healthy childhoods and lives. Best wishes to your thin boy.

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  9. Oh My! Mrs. Bath tried, honest! You're not your. Judy

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  10. Well worth the 100 pesos! Being a Mommy is hard sometimes ...

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  11. Found you through SITS!
    So glad everything is turning out for the better for your son. Malnutrition is so overly used as a diagnoses, in Mexico and in the states. It's as if being a little underweight is a horrible terrible thing. I'm sorry you had to go through that worry, and fear.

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