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what are the causes of underweight children

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayyara Dawood
30 years experience Pediatrics
PE and low weight: This does not sound reasonable: repeat PE because you are underweight? Good exercise AND healthy eating are essential for good weight ( some blame can ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Get a lawyer: If this has been mandated by a beancounter because of some "ideal weight" chart, your physician can write a letter explaining basic biology. I'm a phy ... Read More

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
36 years experience Pediatrics
Gestational age?: You don't mention how far along you were. If you were term (37+ weeks), 5 pounds is small but not what i would call "severely underweight". Usually th ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Yes: Consult an expert physician and have a comprehensive physical exam with blood testing/urine ASAP.
Dr. Larry Eastburn
24 years experience Family Medicine
Only if unhealthy: Being underweight in its self is not a barrier to pregnancy if otherwise healthy. Eat healthy and exercise regularly. Watch all medications including ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
55 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Up to 70% increase in a study in 2006. But if you pay attention no nutrition, it will improve.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Genetics: How and why puberty starts is derived from an interplay of general health, genetic and nutritional factors.If you started before your friends, some ge ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: Unless this is obviously chest wall pain or the transient knife-like pain that many young people experience on breathing in, you need to get seen and ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
15 years experience Sports Medicine
Yes: An individual needs enough energy stores during exercise to avoid fatigue or cramps. The body preferentially burns simple and complex carbohydrates fi ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
31 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Yes: Underweight might be secondary to or symptomatic of an underlying disease. Unexplained weight loss needs evaluation asap. Severely underweight individ ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
No !! Earlier: No. Overweight/obese kids go through puberty earlier (sometimes much earlier) than their normal weight peers. Underweight kids may have delayed pube ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ernest Bordini
32 years experience Clinical Psychology
Need medical tests: Low weight, loss of appetite or extremely low weight can be dangerous to heart and developing organs in children. It is important to do medical tests ... Read More
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