Daughter gaining weight way to fast....any ideas?

United States
October 27, 2010 2:47pm CST
My daughter is a few months shy of being 7. She has always been on the chunky side but her height and weight always leveled out. Being in the 97th% for height and 95th for weight. Problem started around her 5th birthday. She weighted 62 pounds. Now fast approching her 7th birthday she is 85 pounds!! Her eating habits have not changed. If anything she has been eating less. She is very active. Always running around, playing on the tire swing, playing hop scotch, riding her bike or scooter. I just dont understand how in less then 2 years she has put on over 20 pounds. She is 49 inches tall and 85 pounds. I tried telling the doctors in NH when we lived there at her 5 year check up that I was concerned about her weight but he said it all leveled out just fine. We now live in a different state and I guess you can say I'm out-right nervous/scared to talk to the doctor here in fear of just being told it's my emagination or that I over feed her or she doesnt get enough exersise regardless of how many times I tell them how active and little she eats. Any ideas? I'm so lost. My mom, husband and myself think it may be an under active tyroid.
3 responses
• United States
27 Oct 10
I have tyroid problems which is called graves disease and it will not show up most of the time till you have your first child. I thought my daughter had it as well. The doctor told me to have her glands check after she has her first child. Anyway if you eat too little food they say you can gain weight as well. Try seeing if she is drinking anything with too much sugar like sodas and sweet juice. The activites she is doing is great. I would talk to the new doctor you could never be too sure.
• United States
27 Oct 10
Thank you for your response. I dont mean she's eating tooo little. Like for breakfast it's a bowl or cereal, lunch is what-ever at school that day/weekends it's a sandwhich, dinner she usually only has one plate and that's it. The only juice she gets is at snack at school and once during the day on weekends. It's always milk or water. Also I do not allow soda in the house either. My kids have only had soda a handful of times and it's only at parties. I will talk to the doctor i'm just so scared of being told i'm wrong.
• United States
27 Oct 10
You can't ever go wrong in asking about yourkids well being. Go and stop being afraid of nothing. She will be ok and so will you
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
9 Nov 10
I have nothing that I can offer to you except my own experience. My daughter is going to be eight years old next month and when she started kindergarten two years ago she was 5 years old and 65 pounds. She is now almost eight years old and 72 pounds. Where she used to look chunky, she looks lean now. She is also very active. I think a lot of it is due to the growth spurts that they are going through during this time of their lives. That said, you can ask the doctor to do a complete blood count and see if something were to show up in that.
• United States
27 Oct 10
Firstly do not be afraid of being wrong as a mother you want to do the impossible to assure your child is healthy as sometimes the health care professionals do not dig deeper than they should. I say this because my son was experiencing some repetitive behaviors that I as his mother knew something was not quite right. Even after being shunt by several pediatricians they kept telling me my son was okay and that he would out grow it. One doctor gave me a mean look and quietly told me not to speak of this. Well as my son grew older my son behavior was more erratic. It was I who discovered my son suffered of OCD. It was a very difficult time in his life as he was always so stressed and overly reactive. So after I and my daughter worked with him, which it took several years. I can tell you OCD never gets cured but I can certainly tell you that after a great many stressful attempts my son lives a wonderful life without any meds and or counseling as he just graduated college this last May with a 4.0 GPA all his four college years and was the President of his frat. So you see everything I did for him paid off in the end.f So the moral of my explanation is that as a mother you do what it takes until you as the mother feels satisfied that you are doing and or making the right decisions when it comes to your little one, as no one will care as much as you. Many blessings and wishes for you both, hope that all gets resolved.