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.
1) could be the diet change...great nutrients lots of growth....less weight due to fewer carbs
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?
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.
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.
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.
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