Son is small for his age

Jillian - posted on 07/23/2010 ( 56 moms have responded )

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My son will be 10 months old on August 8th and he weighs only 16 1/2 pounds. He is breastfed and he eats 3 meals a day plus snacks. I know I shouldn't compare, but his brother was a lot bigger at this age.Does anyone else have a small baby?

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Sandy - posted on 08/26/2010

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This is going to sound weird, but I am SO happy to see this post! Today my son had his 9 month well check and came in at 15lbs 8oz. He was in the 3rd percentile and the pediatrician is concerned. My son has been in the 5th percentile since he was 4 months old but his old pediatrician wasn't concerned mainly because he was breastfed exclusively and also because of my husband's family history of children always being on the smaller side.

Like yours, my son nurses often and eats 3-4 meals a day....yet he's still small.

This new pediatrician wants him back in a month for a weight check and has asked me to supplement with formula and up the solid foods. I will probably go ahead and add the formula to the solid foods (since he won't take a bottle) but continue nursing as often as he likes.

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Hi Jillian, have a lookaround you -is everyone the same size? Are you "small for age?" Perhaps you have a sibling/partner/parent/in-law or whatever who is smaller or larger than 'nornal', whatever that is.

Babies, like adults, vary in size. I know it's hard not to compare, but really, no two baies/childfren/adults are going to be the same size. My daughters were all small, barely made it onto the bottom of the charts. Maybe it's a family thing - my daughter's twins are nearly 12 months old, fully breastfed, but having lots of solids, and they're tiny. My daughter's friend's son is bigger and heavier than the twins and he's only 4 months old!

I must admit I'm a bit puzzled by Amber's reasoning - Amber, did anyone suggest supplementing with formula? Breast milk has all the fat and calories required for optimum growth. The charts most doctors these days are STILL based on formula fed babies.

Angel - posted on 08/26/2010

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My 8month old weighed in at 14.4lbs and 24 3/4 inches at a 7month weight check. She is under the 5th percentile for both height and weight. Our doctor just says she will be petite. She still wears a size 1 diaper and fits in 3month clothing. I like her being small. As long as she is happy and healthy thats all that matters to me. She is breastfed and eats 3-4 meals a day with snacks as well. When my oldest daughter was 3 months old she was bigger then my daughter at 6months old. They are all different. Its crazy.

Brogan - posted on 08/25/2010

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i couldnt help but notice our boys have the same birthday!!! lol year an all! =] but you shouldnt worry about him as long as hes gaining weight an not loosing it. its all good!!

Tyasia - posted on 08/10/2010

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i dont have a small baby but just wanted to say, im breastfeeding my 15 month old still and he is very tall for his age(then his dad is 6ft 1 lol) and though he doesnt look it he is close to 30 pounds, breastmilk is different with each kid some babies continue being small and some get fat from it lol.

Brandi Nicole - posted on 08/08/2010

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my little girl is 3 and only 25lbs my son that is 23 months is 32lbs. I use to worry about her weight but she eats EVERTHING and my son eats NOTHING. I wouldn't worry some kids are just skinny!

Kiyomi - posted on 08/07/2010

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My daughter just had her 2 year check up and I still nurse her (not much) and she was 23 lbs. Which was a 3 lbs gain since her 18 month check up :) She has been at the bottom of the charts (it took her 1 year to even make it on the charts) since birth so I wouldn't worry as long as he is growing and happy :)

Molly - posted on 08/06/2010

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Hello
I know what you mean! My son is going to be 14 months next week and he only weights in at 13' 3 oz. from his last weigh in. And today he got weight in all his clothing, plus cloth diaper at 13' 14. I breast fed him until he was 10 months old and switched over to formula. He did gain weight quickly, but taped off. We did blood test on his one year and everything turned out normal. My little man is just small but very. very active. He burns off most of the calories that he consumes. I do get tired of people saying he is so tiny, just a small peanut, etc. We just have a small baby. Of course, he was born three weeks early, but that really shouldn't make a difference.
Our doctor would say that your son is in the right weight range. So do not worry too much. He is doing well. Hope this helps.

Rachel - posted on 08/06/2010

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Myy daughter turned 1 on July 3rd and weighs 17.5 lbs. She is in the 5th percentile for weight and 15th percentile for height. I wouldn't worry about it at all. I still breastfed and she eats meals everyday with some snacks. She is just a small little peanut. I kinda like it because she was walking at 9 months and people thought she was like 5 months old. It was funny to see and hear their reaction. Enjoy the fact you will get to use his clothes longer. Also, I say since I still have to shop in the baby section she is still a baby LOL.

Amber - posted on 08/05/2010

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sometimes that happens when babies are breast fed, don't think the milk has all the calories and fat a baby needs, thats why i supplement my baby with formula i give him some similac in the morning and at night- and nurse him during the day, the formula helps out a lot i find he's less cranky and he's gaining plenty of weight he is 3 1/2 months old and weighs almost 20 pounds!! he's a big boy!!

Rebecca - posted on 08/04/2010

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My son is 5 years old & weighs 35 pounds. Many of his peers are bigger or weigh more than he does but I know he is healthy & developing fine so I do not worry about it. Go to the world health organization web site & download the growth charts for breastfed babies. It will make you feel better. Breastfed babies are smaller than formula fed babies which is what the charts being used are based on. My daughter weighed 16 pounds at 1yr. she is 17 now & just fine. If the doctor isn't worried you shouldn't be either. Keep on breastfeeding! & if you really want him to gain more weight pump for 10 minutes & then let him nurse & he will get more hind milk which will help him gain weight. He sounds just fine to me.

Sarah - posted on 08/04/2010

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My lo will be 19 months old on the 8th and she is almost "failure to thrive". She has been 19.5 lbs since she was 6 months old and hasn't gained any weight since then. Because she is off the bottom of the growth chart for weight, i have to calorie stack. She still isn't really gaining any weight and the next step is to have her thyroid checked. I would just keep feeding your lo what ever you can adding butter and cream to everything. My lo nurses still and drinks whole milk with heavy cream mixed in. Hope this helps.

Regina - posted on 08/04/2010

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ok your baby is perfect. most of america over feed there kids. my daughter is 30inches tall and weights 18lbs. I don't breastfeed anymore either and I haven't for 3 months since im pregnant. also some kids just have fast metabolisms. its better than your baby being obese. your doing a fine job keep it up

Samantha - posted on 08/04/2010

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My daughter is 18pounds and is 10 and a half months. Her height and head size have been at the very top and above average the whole time but her weight always at the bottom but still healthy always gaining never loosing thats the important part

Bernadette - posted on 08/02/2010

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my daughter is quite small, although she does fit into the lower end of the average scale. She is much smaller than any other kids her age that we've met though. She is also a lot more intellectually advance than any of them though, so we know there is nothing wrong with her development. I look at my husband's mother, and she is tiny, so I guess Ella is just going to inherit the 'small' genes from that side of the family. And who knows, our next one may inherit the 'tall' genes from my family. So it doesn't necessarily mean anything is one sibling is big and one is small - they could just take after different sides of the family. My sister's first baby was 11lb 30z at birth, her second was (I think) 9lb-something, and her third was not quite 8lb. They are 11, 8 and 6 years old now, and all perfectly normal. If he is eating well, and seems generally healthy with no other developmental delays, it could just be that he is going to be a small kid...

A - posted on 07/31/2010

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I feel that feeding on a schedule helps teach people to overeat. Could this be a link to people being overweight and obese? Perhaps. Just my opinion. From the info I have its known that eating small meals throughout the day tend to stable your metabolism.

Tracy - posted on 07/31/2010

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My nearly 2 1/2 year old son is the same way! He's around 22-23 pounds, but it's because he's super active. He still wears 18 month clothes and can on the rare occasion wear 24 month old clothes...

Tracy - posted on 07/31/2010

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Both of my kids are on the small side. My son was a "big" preemie, he was 4 pounds 15 oz at 32 weeks, and now he's below the 5th % for weight for his age and he's like the 10th % for height. My daughter was full term 7 pounds 9 oz at birth and now she's on the small side. She's 11 months and she weighs between 17-19 pounds I'm guessing... She still comfortably fits in 9 month old clothes and probably will until she's closer to 14-15 months or so...

Melissa - posted on 07/31/2010

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Actually, my daughter's GI specialist thought feeding on demand could have been sabotaging her appetite. He said sticking to set times encouraged hunger to develop and train them to eat enough until the next meal, where as snacking (or grazing) allowed them to eat just minute amounts to satisfy impulse and may keep them from ingesting enough variety and hence appropriate nutrition.

A - posted on 07/30/2010

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My son is 14 months old, and is still 19 pounds. I've had two pediatricians- neither of them have been concerned. At my check up a couple weeks ago my pediatrician said that his son weighed about 22 pounds at 1 year and didn't gain any weight for another year! Its hard not to be stressed but don't be. As long as your little one is meeting milestones and developing, weight shouldn't be an issue. Babies don't overeat like us adults do...they listen to their bodies. My son will eat only breastmilk some days, and other days all he wants to do is it eat solids. I just listen to whatever he wants. My son is in the 5th percentile and under for everything. When he was younger he was more in the 55-40 percentiles. I've heard with breastfed babies gain weight early, and then slow down when they get older. That's definitely the case with my son. But he's early in almost all of his milestones by several months (the only thing he's a few months behind on is talking). So don't compare and as long as your feeding on demand and milestones are reached, and baby is happy, don't worry. :)

Christina - posted on 07/30/2010

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I have a cousin who is 18 months old and she only weighs 17 Lbs.

I also know a 9 month old that weighs 14 Lbs.

Thlaspi - posted on 07/30/2010

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Hey!
My situation is reversed. My first son was smaller and the second is bigger. The first one was sth li ke your boy at 10 months... around 8 kg (close to 16 pounds), tiny but always on the move...
the second caught up with his weight when he was 4 months...
I believe every child is different, if he seems satisfied and is developing normally in other areas (motility skills etc) I wouldn't worry... worrying didn't make him eat any better :)

Caressa - posted on 07/30/2010

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You should only be concerned if his percentiles are odd. If they are then your dr. may consider a pediatric endocrinologist. That's what my friends son is going thru now. Likely though nothing is wrong, some babies are just small. Go with your gut and Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 07/30/2010

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At birth my daughter was 8 lbs 5 oz. At her 9 month check up she had quit gaining along her growth chart percentile dropping to 5%. The pediatrician sent us to a GI specialist. There we had several visits that ultimately determined she wasn't going to eat well until she was ready. At 1 yr old she weighed 16 lbs. Got sick with a cold and lost 2 lbs.! Then at 13 months she got hungry and ate like never before. Finally at 14 months I am seeing baby fat around her chin and her thighs are squishy cute. She still isn't a great big eater, but finally I can feel better that she's eating enough to put some fat on her bones! She's growing to be tall and thin even though by genetics she'll only be around 5'2".

Belinda - posted on 07/29/2010

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My 3 kids were all diagnosed with FTT at 6weeks... and had all dropped off the bottom of the "average charts"... they are all still small mr 7yr old is only just 19kgs, miss 5yr is just 13kgs and miss 2.5yrs is only just 9.5kgs... it is hard not to compare, but really as long as he is having the required amount of dirty and we nappies and his other developmental requirements are on track I would try not to worry about it... some kids just come as nice little compact pocket rockets... whats that saying about the best things coming in little packages??... good luck... he will be the size he is meant to be regardless of what you do.... enjoy your precious little man...

Bex - posted on 07/29/2010

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Hey, I also have a very petite girl who is now nearly 19months and only just weighing about 21lbs. I also breastfed until she was 16 months old, she's unfortunately quite fussy but does eat a good assortment of all the right things. I used to worry so much - my friend has a one year old tipping the scales at 32lb! but I go by the words of my health visitor that she is the happiest healthiest baby you could ever see, and it'd be more of a worry if her weight ever dropped, but it has only done this the once when she started walking - the whole time she's continued up 'her' line on the graph, so that is the best thing to go by. I don't let it worry me now - also look at you and your partners build - we are both quite slight but very tall so it wouldn't make much sense if we had a chubby chubster. I would go more on how happy your son seems, depsite his older brother being bigger - all children will develop differently at different rates. As a safety measure I weigh her once a month and as long is it goes up steadily have been told not to worry. well done for breastfeeding too xx

Aislinn - posted on 07/29/2010

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My son is almost 1 now and weighs just about 17 pounds and is on the 3 percentile. Although he is tiny he is healthy, and I think that's all that should matter. Plus having a tiny baby gives you longer to enjoy them while they're small!

Christa - posted on 07/29/2010

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Mt little girl will be 10mth on the 15th and she is only 16.11. She was 8.12 when she was born she is healthy had 7 teeth, walk with something to push. She burns it all off and I literally couldn't force more food into her. As long as the babies are hitting their milestones and are happy I am not worried.

Jessie - posted on 07/28/2010

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My son was 20 lbs. 2 oz at his one year check up a few weeks ago. He had the same diet as your son at that age. He has always been small (started at 6 lbs 2.8 oz) and below 10% according to the charts at the doctor office. He is happy and healthy and active. He has reached or exceeded all his milestones except walking (he tries but just 'goes boom' so far, LOL) He eats like an absolute piglet. I swear he is going to eat us out of house and home! If he is content I am sure he is fine. We have had few extra weight checks in between the normal well baby check ups but they have always shown he is gaining weight so it was all good :)

Aicha - posted on 07/28/2010

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sound like a normal breastfeed baby my 1st daughter was really petite for her age now she is really tall and skinny and 9 years old

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My twins are 9 months old and are only 13pounds, Holley is in the 3rd percentile and Jordan isnt even on the chart.. They are very small but are healthy too. they also have 3 meals a day and snacks. They are bottle-fed. When my 2 1/2 year old was this age she weighed nearly 20pounds and she was also breastfed. (i think that had alot to do with her being chubby)
i compare my twins to her alot and thats why i worry so much.

Dottie - posted on 07/28/2010

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My Son is almost 9months old and weights 14lb 15oz. He is still wearing 6month clothes. His older brother was wearing 12 to 18 month clothes by this age. Anyways, His GI doctor is not happy with his weight and He is primarily breastfed. So what they are having me do is to put a scoop of hypoallergenic formula and a Table spoon of cereal in a jar of food. I am doing this 3 times a day. Hoping to get in enough calories to make him gain a little bit. He is still breast feeding every two to three hours along with the solids

Julia - posted on 07/28/2010

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My 3 oldest babies were all tiny. When my older son had his 1st birthday, he was only 15 lbs! They were always below the chart in both height and weight, and only in the 5th percentile of height vs. weight. It was genetic in their case, though, because when their father and I were plotted on the same charts for an 18-year-old, we were also below the line. That didn't save me any grief with the doctors, nutritionists, and lab tests we had to go through (I was even threatened with social workers since I was only 19 when my daughter was born and no one believed I could breastfeed successfully) but now they are 19, 18, and 14 and all of them are still skinny but very healthy and strong, and all are taller than both parents. I wouldn't worry as long as he's healthy. Smaller babies may even have an advantage when it comes to learning physical skills like walking. My youngest is the only one who was stocky, and he takes after his dad (my current husband).

Katie - posted on 07/28/2010

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My sweet girls were both small. My little one is currently 20 pounds and is almost 2. Her big sister was the same way, only reaching 20 pounds by 2; she is now 120 at 14+ and very athletic. You so look at whether or not he is healthy more so than his size. My niece always out-weighed my girls but she was sick a lot with many different things and my girls have not had that problem.

Teresa - posted on 07/28/2010

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Yeah, don't worry about it. My son is also 10 months and 16 lbs. Both my daughters at this age were even smaller, so I'm not worried. They all eat a lot and were breastfed as well as snacks, etc.

Nekreiea - posted on 07/28/2010

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well my 5month daughter is 12lbs. for now until i take her to the doctor for checkup.and my 3yrs old daughter is 27lbs. she is small like me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YeeSin - posted on 07/27/2010

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babies come in all shapes and sizes! Some are bigger than others! As long as he is growing, it is fine. Is your pediatrician worry about his weight at all? My tiny little girl weight only 16 lbs when she was 1. At 2 right now, she weighs about 21 lbs!

Chloe - posted on 07/27/2010

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my little girl is 2years 3 months and she only weight 21lb.. she a little dot!!! :)

Farhana - posted on 07/27/2010

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Every child develops at his/her own rate. Each body need nutrition different than the other. As long as he's not constantly getting ill with colds and flus you have nothing to worry about. Keep feeding him as much as he wants and he needs and it's good that he's eating all that because it tells you that his body needs it and he's taking it in.

Karen - posted on 07/27/2010

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My son will be one on Friday and weighs 17lb, he eats anything in sight and is doing very well. He is just a petite little dot, as is your son.

Jeanette - posted on 07/27/2010

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Yes my son is small too. Actually he fell off the chart. He's almost 7months (august 7th) and he weighs 13lbs. He's actually on a homemade formula that consist of hempseed water maple syrup and Irish moss, and there plenty of other recipes for other formulas like organic brown rice used as base or banana and my partner and I thought this is a healthy choice which it is but it has caused his to loose 5oz. Which concerned the ped. I was but my fiancé reassured me it ok and that chart isn't what he need to be compared to,he's fine. He also has skin irritation so it's just hard to know what to give him with out harming his skin. And actually he's going to be allergy tested next 2 weeks. Were going to beef up his diet to give him more calories so hopefully he'll gain some weight :-)

Dawn - posted on 07/26/2010

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If you are truly worried about weight, your baby is almost ready to have dairy introduced to his diet. You can put butter on everything. My son was in chemo from 2 months to 3 years, which leads to small size. We put butter on oatmeal, spaghetti-O's, eggs, etc. It will help him get the brain fat he needs to develop and not take away from nursing. You can also add a scoop of formula to a bottle of breast milk if he takes a bottle and doesn't have any stomach problems with it. Simple tricks will help... Don't fret too much. Your body is tailored to help his body. Just don't deny him even a minute of nursing if that is what he wants. They are so fickle at that age, and just want a nibble. Give it to him... good luck

Heather - posted on 07/26/2010

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My little girl just had to go in for an extra weight/height check. She was only 11 pounds 8 ounces at 5 months and finally made it to 13 pounds 2 ounces at 6 months. She's also 24 inches. If your little man is still eating good then I wouldn't worry about his weight. I know it's hard but maybe he's just meant to be slim. How tall is he?

Susan - posted on 07/26/2010

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my 24 month old weighs 23 pounds and is 33 inches tall, he was average weight when born 6 lb 11 oz 18 inches long. he started to fall off the growth chart at 6 months and has continued to gain very slowly.his last visit the ped said he was 10th percentile for weight and 15 for height, my nine year old was always in the 90th percentile and still is.i actually enjoy him being smaller he gets to still wear his 12 month clothes and is just starting to get into 18 month clothes.one drawback for me is he is almost potty trained and we have a hard time trying to find underware that don't fall off.lol

Andrea - posted on 07/26/2010

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Oh yes! My daughter is 8 months and still is only at about 15 lbs. Always been about 10th percentile. DO NOT COMPARE. Understand, as long as they are growing (not losing) and they are eating (which yours is) and happy and playing, then gosh, what more could you ask for?

Celeste - posted on 07/24/2010

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Yup, I have small kids too.
Twin boys, one of them was OFF the weight chart. The other one was in the 10th percentile. I know at a year, they weren't even 20 lbs. They're 3 years and 9 months and about 29 lbs.

My daughter was a bit bigger than my boys but she's still small. She's 7 almost 8 and 48 lbs (25th percentile)

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