Height and Weight

Jennifer - posted on 10/28/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 19 months old. He wasn't diagnosed with CF until he was five months old. At that point, he weighed less than 10 pounds. Once he was diagnosed and we got him on enzymes, he started gaining weight like crazy. At our last clinic day, the doctor expressed some concern that my son's weight is too high for his height. He's 30 pounds and 32 inches tall. He doesn't eat any more than a normal toddler eats and he eats very healthy foods. The doctor wants his height to increase and his weight to stay the same. The doctor indicated she's only ever seen three other cases like this during her career. Any other Moms' out there in the same situation???

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Maureen - posted on 03/19/2011

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I assume your doctor has checked to make sure your son doesn't have anything going on with his blood sugar. If your son is eating healthy foods I would think you don't have to worry too much, but if his weight continues to climb, you probably shouldn't ignore the issue. Is 32 inches average for a 19 month old? I don't even remember anymore. How out of line is his weight compared to his height, or is the doctor saying this is unusual because he has CF? Has your doctor asked you to calorie count? I would maybe do that for a month or more to see if his weight gain is somehow out of line with his calorie intake. Sometimes there are hidden calories in food that we don't even know about and we find out the intake is more than expected. At 19 months at least you know he isn't sneaking cookies and ice cream! Good luck to you and remember, if you think there may be something more going on, trust your instincts.

Cindy May - posted on 02/17/2011

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adequate nutrition is all I know you can do for gaining height - make sure he is getting enough calcium in a balanced diet.
Are you or your husband short? maybe it is just genes?
they say that the child's height at two doubles is what you can estimate as their adult height to be.
good luck - let me know what his next measurements are.

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