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Should my son continue this medicine?

Q: My child is one year old and was born normal. His weight at the time of birth was 3.5 kg. But due to some reason he has not been able to gain enough weight. He is at 5th percentile today. The doctor has started giving him pediasure but he has become very lethargic with it. Should I continue giving him pediasure? If yes then for how long?

A:When we take into account the growth of a child, it is important to know the rate of increase in his weight and height and also consider the parental heights. We also need to look into whether there is any medical reason for his low growth or it is due to decreased nutritional intake. You may consult your pediatrician and a pediatric endocrinologist.

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