My baby was preemie

Bobbie - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 59 moms have responded )

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She is now 18 months old and weighs 19 lbs. Just wondering how this compares to others. Pedi says she is fine but seems small to me. She eats pretty good.

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Amber - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son was born at 27 weeks, he weighed 2lbs 14oz. He had chronic lung disease and was on oxygen untill he was 8 months old. We spent 5 and a half months in the NICU and it was the hardest things I have ever dealt with in my entire life.
He is now six years old, and besides a scar on his tummy and a soft voice (The ventilator damaged his vocal chords) You would never know he went through all of that. He is doing just fine, and we are the most blessed people in the world :)

Stephanie - posted on 01/09/2010

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my son is 7 months old was born 7 weeks early he is small for sure but that doesn't seem to affect him at all. It just means he gets more use out of everything from jumperoos swings and clothes!! I like that he is small I also get more use out of his car seat. he wieghs 13.5 pounds and 3-6month clothes are still too big for him and the 0-3month clothes are getting too small it's a slow process

Tammie - posted on 01/09/2010

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i had twins at 34 weeks and were very small came home weight was 4lbs 2 ounces and my one twin weght is 117 lbs and shes 5foot 2 and her twin sister is 4foot 4 and weight is 70 lbs and they r 10 now health wise ia been a strugle with them both having ashma and imunity problems.

Rebekah - posted on 01/08/2010

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My 25 week twins were 2lb5 and 2lb2 born. They are now 15 months old (or 12 months corrected - soon) and are 21lbs. I think she's doing okay.

Saprina - posted on 01/08/2010

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My oldest was born premie. She was due March 17. Born Feb 22. Weighed 5lbs 15oz at birth. Hospital wanted her to gain that extra ounce before they would let her go home. She was in the hospital 4 days total. 3 days with me and 1 day alone. Now She is 11 going on 12 in Feb. and weighs 157.9 lbs. She is in the 6th grade and is in the Talented and Gifted program in her school.

Jess - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son was a preemie as well. He is 19 months and weighs 18lbs. the pedi says he is fine too. However, they also say that to decrease his chances of getting really sick with lung infections he should gain weight. We were instructed to do little things to increase his calorie intake. For example, we give Joe whole milk with carnation goodstart and a peanutbutter and jelly sandwhich in the morning. The trick is we put a layer of butter on the bread before we put the jam on. You can also give your baby calorie dense foods like avacodos. I blend avacados and bananas as a desert for my son. He loves it!

Penny - posted on 01/08/2010

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Kyla was 3lbs 2oz-6wks early. We just went to the doctors due to her having a cold. She weighed 20.3lbs. She is 20months!! My ped. says she is fine, she eats, is active and has regular diapers, so nothing to be worried about.

Becky - posted on 01/08/2010

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That is a good weight. My daughter was not at twenty pounds at two. She is 4 now and has just reached 30lbs.

Emilie - posted on 01/08/2010

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How early was she? My son was born at 26 weeks. He is still a bit skinny - 33 pounds at 4 1/2 years old, but he is the same height as his peers. There is a big range of healthy weights for all children and preemies tend to stay on the small side for the first couple of years. If she is growing and learning, I wouldn't be concerned.

Angela - posted on 01/07/2010

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Hi All

There was an interesting study done in the states recently that said that the large percentage of babies born small would remain small until at least two years of age. If they continue to be small it is most likely that they were always meant to be small. The thought is that prems will eventually catch up to what their genetic makeup always mapped them out to be..... my son is small, but was a 24 weeker and is long and skinny, but so was I as a baby (wish I still was LOL just need to loose my hospital weight IE weight put on from living on Takeaways while son was in hospital!!).... as long as they are putting on some weight it doesn't usually worry the professionals nor should it worry you (as hard as this is)..... how active they are also plays a part..... my son is very active BUT has lost weight in the last two months and that is why we are having to add extra fat to his milk again....

Angela

Heather - posted on 01/07/2010

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As long as the chart keeps going up the ped dr told us not to worry. My daughter born at 36.5 weeks was gasu. 31 weeks due to problems. She was 19 lbs at 1 and 23 lbs at 2 and now at 3 she is 31 weeks. She eats a lot but till now doesn't really gain a lot. My friend's preemies were the same, he is a year behind till 4 years old. So it is for a worry if they don't continue to gain and how early they are is to be watched. They had us keep Kaylee on formula till 15 months with the bottle to get as many calories as she could handle. You can't tell now what was in her past.

Julie - posted on 01/07/2010

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My daughter was born 3 full months early weighed 2lbs 1 oz...She is 11 today , still small , but plays basketball , fastpitch softball (pitcher) clairinet...etc..I learned preemies will just grow at their own rate. My nephew was a preemie also 12 today & doing fine he was 2 lbs 13 oz ....but dont worry too hard they catch up & are just fine

Kiesha - posted on 01/07/2010

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my son was a preemie also..he's not 4 months almost 5 and he weights 14 lbs 71/2 oz. his doctor said his weight is fine but he's kinda short for his age.. did she have that problem..with the height? I'm a little worried

Angela - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son is 18 months actual or 14 months corrected - born at 24 weeks. He weighs 8.55kgs or 18.8 pounds and was 669 grams or 1.5pounds at birth. He is a bad feeder, very fussy and has calogen (hospital only fat product) added to his milk. He is very tall though!!

Suzanne - posted on 01/07/2010

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My preemie (6 weeks early) weighed 16 pounds at her first birthday. She was extremely petite through out her childhood. She is now 5'4" tall, 125 pounds....and 34 years old! Everything turned out just fine : )

Stephanie - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son was born at 26 weeks, weighing 1 lb 14 oz. At a year old he weighed about 10 lbs. He is now a healthy 16 year old, but still very skinny and doesn't weigh much more than 110 lbs, though he's about 5' 9"!!!

Donna - posted on 01/07/2010

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bobbie if she is eating fine and drinking fine then she more than likely is fine my son was 2lbs 7.9oz when he was born at 16 mnths he weighed 16lbs he is 8 now and weighs around 60lbs. it usually takes a good 3 yrs for a preemie to catch completely up, and when they do catch up they do it fast. with him from 2 on he was pretty much wearing the size is age said and still is, u no its funny i see my friends kids that r the same age as my son and he is so big compared to them now. its hard to believe he was ever that little. so just remember in a few yrs all this will be a distant memory. good luck i hope ive helped some at putting ur mind at ease

Alda - posted on 01/07/2010

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My girls were born at 28 weeks at 2lb 5oz and 2lb 7oz. They're now 16 months (13 corrected) and weigh about 22lb and 23lb. My one had a stoma so she had great trouble putting on weight, but once they started on solids there was no stopping her. Every baby is different as is every adult. I wouldn't worry too much - would be more worried if they were hugely overweight lol.

Rachel - posted on 01/06/2010

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i had my boy 7 weeks early weighing 3lbs 3oz. he is now 10 months( 8 months corrected) he only weighs 7kgs and still in 000 clothes. he is a very active baby so he dosent put wait on easy!! the pedertrition said that he is doing well so i wouldnt be to worried. we all grow at different rates so you cant really say what the ideal weight is!!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/06/2010

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my daughter was 2lbs 8oz and born at 30 weeks, she is now 17 months old and weighs in at about 22lbs, it really just varies from baby to baby!

ANDREA - posted on 01/06/2010

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I feel the same way. My son is only 5 months old and he only weighs around 12 lbs now. He hasn't started table food yet but Im a lil concerned about him being so little.

Christy - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son is 18 months old, 15.5 corrected and at his check up last week he was exactly 20 pounds. He is also almost 30 inches long. He's been on PediaSure since turning one this summer. It has almost twice the calories of whole milk, and he loves it! We also try to make all of his food extra rich, like making his oatmeal with condensed milk, adding butter and gravy to his potatoes, ect. He was diagnosed as failure to thrive at around six months old, and showed no growth at all for over four months, so these are wonderful improvements for us! From what I hear, though, most preemies outgrow their "smallness" by the time they go to kindergarten, so if your doctor isn't worried, I wouldn't either!

Julia - posted on 01/06/2010

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my lil man was 8.5 weeks early... now he is 18 months old, and fully clothed weighs 22lbs. he's only in the 5th percentile for weight for his age, but he eats healthy

Katie - posted on 01/06/2010

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I had premature twins. They were born at 30+5. They are now almost 19 months. My daughter was born at 2 lbs., 12oz., and she is now around 25 lbs. My son was born at 3lbs., 14oz., and he is closer to 35 lbs. Oh yes, there's a huge difference, I know. LOL.



First, you have to look at the amount of moving around your daughter is doing. If she runs all day long, she's going to burn more calories than if she's a sitter. Also, it is going to depend on her gestational age, and how much she weighed at birth. My daughter was considered a micro-preemie, so she's expected to be very small her whole life. Genetics also plays into this. Also, sometimes babies grow in height, instead of weight. If she's growing, then she's fine. 19 lbs. isn't that small...I honestly know a baby who is 2 months older than my twins, and she has been 13 lbs. since she was 6 months old. She's super-skinny, but tall, and the doctors swear that she's fine. As long as your daughter is eating and drinking and pooping and peeing, she's fine. I think when they get to this age, it's easy to forget the basics...like counting wet and poopy diapers. If her diapers are consistantly wet and she poops regularly (whatever is regular for her), then she's ok. You're obviously a good mom for worrying, but you very likely don't need to. :)

Katie - posted on 01/06/2010

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I had premature twins. They were born at 30+5. They are now almost 19 months. My daughter was born at 2 lbs., 12oz., and she is now around 25 lbs. My son was born at 3lbs., 14oz., and he is closer to 35 lbs. Oh yes, there's a huge difference, I know. LOL.



First, you have to look at the amount of moving around your daughter is doing. If she runs all day long, she's going to burn more calories than if she's a sitter. Also, it is going to depend on her gestational age, and how much she weighed at birth. My daughter was considered a micro-preemie, so she's expected to be very small her whole life. Genetics also plays into this. Also, sometimes babies grow in height, instead of weight. If she's growing, then she's fine. 19 lbs. isn't that small...I honestly know a baby who is 2 months older than my twins, and she has been 13 lbs. since she was 6 months old. She's super-skinny, but tall, and the doctors swear that she's fine. As long as your daughter is eating and drinking and pooping and peeing, she's fine. I think when they get to this age, it's easy to forget the basics...like counting wet and poopy diapers. If her diapers are consistantly wet and she poops regularly (whatever is regular for her), then she's ok. You're obviously a good mom for worrying, but you very likely don't need to. :)

Sarah - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son is 24 months, he was 5 weeks early, and he now weighs 24 pounds. He is usually smaller than other kids his age but I figure that he will eventually catch up. I used to notice more of difference when he was younger but now he seems more average.

Brandi - posted on 01/06/2010

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I had my daughter at 31 weeks, she weighed 3lb 6 oz, now she is 6 and weighs 35 lbs. She is small but her pedi says she is growing at a good rate. She is just not going to break records with her size. My former step daughter was preemie also, she was born 2 months early and was 1lb 12oz. She is now 19 and very healthy(just a tad chubby) so every child differs, don't worry about it til the pedi tells you to!

Audra - posted on 01/06/2010

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Both my sons were premature a little over 4 lbs a piece, They both chunked up fast. My 5 month old weighs about 16 lbs now. My now 5 year old was pretty chunky and now is as skinny as a rail. If the doc says she is ok I wouldn't worry.but 19 lbs at 18 months seems afully small to me.

TIFFANY - posted on 01/06/2010

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my son was 3 months early he was 2pounds 6ounces when he was born at 26 weeks. Now he is 12 months (9 adjusted) and he is up to 25 pounds wearing 24 months cloths and is very greedy. I was the same way when he was born I put it in GOD hands so you have nothing to worry about

Tenesha - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son was born at 29wks and hes now 4 months and he weight 12lbs hes on a special formula for premiees so he can keep his weight up and gain it.

Sharalyn - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son was 18.5 pounds at 18 months (adjusted 16.5 months). He wasn't even on the chart for boys, when he had been previously (75th percentile when born).

Angela - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daughter was 2 lb 12 oz at birth and when she was 18 months she was still wearing 6 to 9 month clothing. Most preemies 'catch up' by the time they are 2. When Kimber turned 2 she was in a size 12 to 18 month clothes and within 3 months was in and almost out of 24 month clothes! They do grow, it just takes time and lots of love! Enjoy! Also just as long as her height to weight ratio is ok then everything should be fine!

Jennifer - posted on 01/05/2010

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It all depends on how early she was and how many medical problems(if any) that she has had. I would say that sounds like a pretty good weight for her age. My son was born at 32 weeks and was 3lbs 2oz and he is now 5 yrs old and is about 31lbs. He has been through a lot. Many surgeries and medical problems but is doing well now. He's still playing catch up not only physically but developmentally. I wouldn't be too worried about your little girl. God Bless!

Deb - posted on 01/05/2010

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my son is 15 lbs, 7 months (5 corrected) - and stuns the nurses and docs with his weight gain every time

Whitney - posted on 01/05/2010

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my son was also born premature-6 weeks early. Your pediatrician is right!! Your child is fine. dont worry how small or even the size of your child is. She eats pretty good and that is the more important than the size of your child. Even if your child didnt eat much for 1 meal, your child wont die. Toddlers dont eat much when they are that age. You can talk to your "pedi" and see if she/he recommends having your child drink the PEDIASURE drink(or other store brand of that). some kids dont drink it, but my son has been really good to drink 1 can of it for me-daily. There is "PediaSure vanilla flavor with FIBER in it. Just talk to your pedi" about it. My son doesnt eat everything on his plate like he used to when he was 1st at table food(didnt start til he was 12 months old-that day). So.... dont worry and just take care of your child day by day. hope that helps out!!!

Carie - posted on 01/05/2010

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Quoting Julie:

My little man weighed in at 21 pounds, 3 ounces at his weigh-in at 21 months, though I have the opposite problem. I think he is great, but most of his docs think he's too small. I say if they are proportional and healthy, don't worry too much because they will catch up eventually. He was born at 2 pounds, 12 ounces at 26 weeks.



Wow! I have to tell you that your little man was large for his birth age. My little one was only 1lb 6oz. and the other little 26 weekers were also under two pounds. Good job! My little one is also 21 months and she is only 19lbs 7oz. I would say that he is doing great.

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My twin boys were born at 28 weeks weighing 1lb 8oz & 2lb 2oz (or 820grams & 960 grams). I can honestly say that being a Mum of a prem it is always hard to know what is OK and as normal as can be expected. My boys are now 7 years of age and are fitting fit, they have caught up to other kids their own age (we were told by our Ped that this would be the case) and fortunately are free of any side effects of being born so prem. So my suggestion to you, as long as your bubby is gaining weight, no matter how much and when, this is all that matters.

Julie - posted on 01/05/2010

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My little man weighed in at 21 pounds, 3 ounces at his weigh-in at 21 months, though I have the opposite problem. I think he is great, but most of his docs think he's too small. I say if they are proportional and healthy, don't worry too much because they will catch up eventually. He was born at 2 pounds, 12 ounces at 26 weeks.

Kimberly - posted on 01/04/2010

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my daughter was born at 31 weeks 2.12 pounds she stayed in the hospital 2 months she had just hit 5 pounds at that time she will be 7 on jan 30 and she weights 75 pounds and is the tallest kid in her 1st grade class you would of never known she was preemie

Brittany - posted on 01/04/2010

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My son was a preemie. He is 2 in a half months and weights somewhere around 8 pounds.

Michelle - posted on 01/04/2010

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I can't remember what my twins were at 18 months old. They were born at 32 weeks and are 6 yrs old now. But they were always in the 25th percentile for height and weight. They are fine. If your ped says your child is fine don't worry. As long as your child is gaining weight or staying within the percentiles I wouldn't be worrying.

My twins happen to be the smaller ones out of 4 boys, but that has nothing to do with being preemies just genetics. If you are truly worried talk to your ped about your concerns and do some research online.

Nina - posted on 01/04/2010

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I've also wondered the same thing! You are not alone, my daughter is 5 and weighs 38 pounds! (she was born at 25 weeks) My nefew is 5 and weighs 50ish. Just watch her close as long as she gains some (even just slowly) and keeps healthy its okay to be small :)

Carie - posted on 01/04/2010

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My little girl was 17 lbs at 18 months. She is now 21 months and only 19lbs 7oz. They tell me she is doing well with her development and height/head cer. the important thing is that their head keeps growing and that they have energy. This iswhat my little girls dr. said. They gave her higher cal. formula from the day she could eat. She is still small. She is getting 40 cal formula and still puts on weight slow. Good luck and know that your little one is doing great. She was born at 26 weeks.

Meranda - posted on 01/04/2010

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My son was born at 30 weeks and weighted 3lbs 11oz. He is now almost 10 and is about 95 lbs, I am a bit concerned the other way. He has stayed on the growth curve all along. I agree with one of the other moms that there should be no pressure to measure up to what other kids are doing, trust your Ped if they say she is growing than that is awesome but also don't forget to trust that God given 'mother's instinct'. I am sure that she is beautiful and full of life, enjoy every minute they grow WAY TOO FAST!

Nichole - posted on 01/04/2010

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My son was 3 weeks early. He's 4 months old now. He wieghs about 18 pounds and is about 25 inches long. He's big for his age.

Jacquelyn - posted on 01/04/2010

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my son is 18 months 16 corrected and only weights 22 pounds . Your fine as long as she still eats!

Andrea - posted on 01/03/2010

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My DD was born at 30 weeks at 3 lbs and 5 1/2 oz... she is 21 months (18.5 corrected) and was 21 lbs. She hit 19 lbs around 18 months too. She seems small too at that size when I saw other bigger FT toddlers running around. I always thought of it as peitie and ever so more cute, LOL! I also have a FT neice who didn't hit 20lbs till she was 2. Every baby no matter preemie or ft are going to be diffrent sizes so I wouldn't worry.

Sandra - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son was born at 35 weeks and wieghed in at 5lbs 14onzes, he is now 21 months old and is 27lbs our pediatrician has no worries as long as they eat as the others moms have said I would not worry

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