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semi-paleo preschooler gains 2 inches in height in 9 months -but no weight gain

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Created March 06, 2011 at 11:05 AM

I am having some tests done soon for food intolerance for my 5 yr old.
I put her on a paleo diet 5 months ago, though when she is at school, she eats pasta daily. (that is the menu in Italy)
I am a bit alarmed that she gained so much height since her last visit 9 months ago, yet absolutey no weight gain.
could be:
1) could be the diet change...great nutrients lots of growth....less weight due to fewer carbs
or
2) though she's a good eater, she is not absorbing all her nutrients, thus no weight gain.

I did not mention the diet change since I was already concerned about dairy intolerance and just forget it...also I did not want to fish for an ignorant response.
By the way, my daughter does not need to lose weight.
Anyone have any similar experiences? Any thoughts?
Kathi

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on March 10, 2011
at 08:40 AM

I totally understand, it's a real quandry isn't it, you don't want your child to be ostracised but at the same time you want to do what's best for her health.

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on March 07, 2011
at 01:21 PM

Elimination diets can be especially difficult for children. I wish you and your daughter all the best.

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on March 07, 2011
at 12:16 PM

oddity: she was intollerant to milk when at 2. (only showed up after I gave up breast feeding although she was drinking milk before) I later realized that breast milk helps children tolerate what they otherwise wouldn't (specifcially gluten). I re-introduced milk at age 3 and everything seemed ok. My theory: I removed all dairy with this new paleo diet, then realized it is very hard for a kid...so I put dairy back in and started using a lot of butter with the discovery that fat is not bad. Is it possible her body dealt with dairy then let down it's defenses in that period and now wammo

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on March 07, 2011
at 12:08 PM

Yes I have just recently learned that all her various oddities can be tied to food intollerance. extremely dry skin, iching, ocasional excema, stomache aches before a bowel movement with altenrating diaharea and constapation

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unfortunately we don't have the option of taking lunches. I also don't want an added psychological burden that she has to be "different" if I can avoid it. She will be changing schools in September and I plan on telling them she is gluten and diary intollerant just to aovid the worse enemies.

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Yeah, I second this, nutrient wise there is no more nutrition dense food then paleo food, there is nothing you can lack if you're eating a good variety.

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on March 06, 2011
at 02:41 PM

I do not think there is a cause and effect here, better health yes but that is how kids grow. give her big hug.

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on March 06, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Is your daughter still within the "normal" range for her height and weight? Or is she now considered underweight with this new height gain?

My daughter just turned 9 yesterday and I know over the years she has gained height and stayed the same weight and get gets leaned out and sometimes she gains weight with no height and gets a bit chubby for a little while.

The body grows in it's own pattern, sometimes up and sometimes out. Kind of like we can't control which parts lose weight/fat first.

As long as she is close to what is considered average for her age/height I wouldn't worry at all. Paleo food is good, healthy food.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 07, 2011
at 10:00 AM

Yeah, I second this, nutrient wise there is no more nutrition dense food then paleo food, there is nothing you can lack if you're eating a good variety.

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on March 06, 2011
at 02:40 PM

Kathi,

It would be good to have your daughter's precise age, along with the height and weight measurements from 5 months ago vs. now. The question I have is if the height and weight are still in the normal range, is there anything to worry about? The normal response to good nutrition in a child is an increase in height and head circumference. The weight usually increases, but may fluctuate up, down or sideways

Consider this scenario: your daughter changes her diet, loses water weight for the first few weeks, then gradually gains weight until her net weight gain over 5 months is zero. Result: perfectly healthy, nothing to worry about.

Another scenario: children can be a bit "skinny-fat" just like adults. Your daughter changes her diet, loses bodyfat while gaining lean mass (recomposition). No net weight gain over 5 months, but she has actually become leaner and healthier.

Does your daughter have other symptoms of food intolerance, such as fatigue, diarrhea, gas, or rashes? I guess I wouldn't worry about food intolerances unless her weight is too low for her height, or if she's having other symptoms of food intolerance.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on March 07, 2011
at 12:08 PM

Yes I have just recently learned that all her various oddities can be tied to food intollerance. extremely dry skin, iching, ocasional excema, stomache aches before a bowel movement with altenrating diaharea and constapation

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on March 07, 2011
at 01:21 PM

Elimination diets can be especially difficult for children. I wish you and your daughter all the best.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

(1049)

on March 07, 2011
at 12:16 PM

oddity: she was intollerant to milk when at 2. (only showed up after I gave up breast feeding although she was drinking milk before) I later realized that breast milk helps children tolerate what they otherwise wouldn't (specifcially gluten). I re-introduced milk at age 3 and everything seemed ok. My theory: I removed all dairy with this new paleo diet, then realized it is very hard for a kid...so I put dairy back in and started using a lot of butter with the discovery that fat is not bad. Is it possible her body dealt with dairy then let down it's defenses in that period and now wammo

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2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 07, 2011
at 09:41 AM

Do you have the option of making her lunch so she isn't exposed to pasta everyday? Robb Wolf mentioned that Italy is incredibly accomodating to Celiacs as it is so prevalant out there (they screen for it at birth apparently!) so maybe you could tell the school she is gluten/wheat intolerant and they could find a wheat free option for her? My daughter is three and I'm so sure she is intolerant to wheat or gluten but unfortunatley the doctor said they wont test someone so young, when she starts full time in September I'm gonna be referring to the everyday Paleo website for inspiration for lunch ideas me thinks :D

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on March 07, 2011
at 12:04 PM

unfortunately we don't have the option of taking lunches. I also don't want an added psychological burden that she has to be "different" if I can avoid it. She will be changing schools in September and I plan on telling them she is gluten and diary intollerant just to aovid the worse enemies.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on March 10, 2011
at 08:40 AM

I totally understand, it's a real quandry isn't it, you don't want your child to be ostracised but at the same time you want to do what's best for her health.

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on March 06, 2011
at 10:50 PM

My son was 22.25 inches long at birth and weighed 8 lbs 4 ounces. He never had a growth spurt as most boys do. I sure did, especially from 14 to 15 years; I grew about eight inches in that year, and was awkward and clumsy the whole year.

My son all but stopped growing at 15 years; mind you he was 6' 2" then. He is now in his mid twenties and is 6' 2.25". He was always very slim, and could eat like a horse - constantly, and lots of carbs; but he was always growing, so he needed nourishment.

As long as your daughter is growing the pasta is probably not a problem, as far as I can see, Kathi.

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