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Poor weight gain is defined as gaining weight at a slower rate than other children who are of the same age and sex. Weight gain normally follows a predictable course from infancy to adolescence. However, some children don’t gain weight from birth, and other children gain weight normally for a while then slow or stop gaining weight. Poor weight gain is not a disease but rather a symptom.
The causes may include:
- Inadequate intake of calories or intake of wrong combination of proteins, fat and carbohydrates.
- Malabsorption of nutrients
- Requiring higher than normal intake of calories
Nutritional therapy is the primary treatment for children with poor weight gain. For children with medical problems that are limiting weight gain specialist attention is needed. Homeopathic medicines are extremely helpful for children in need of weight gain. The remedy selection is highly individual. They help with weight gain while at the same time building the body’s immunity.