Large toddler, should I worry?

Tracy - posted on 12/03/2012 ( 15 moms have responded )

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OK so this is of my own curiosity, my daughter's doctor has not indicated any concern or suggested any restrictions aside from cutting dairy to help her gassy digestive issues she has had since infancy.



She is approximately 38-38.5" tall and 44lbs. I am a petite 5'4" but until I had my daughter was chunky, chubby, slightly overweight. My husband is 6'3" with broad shoulders and carries his muscle bulkier, he is not a tall skinny guy even when in shape. Our daughter is built like her father, broad shouldered, thick thighs.



Her appearance is not that of an overweight or obese child, she just looks big. She has a bit of one of those big round toddler bellys and round cheeks but no "rolls" or anything to speak of. She is very strong, and very active. She jumps three feet from ottoman to couch to love seat and back again if we don't catch her fast enough. She will run all day long. She doesn't nap either.



She doesn't have the most well rounded diet. She loves sandwiches and I think when my husband makes hamburgers she is the happiest kid on the planet. We have recently cut out dairy mostly, she doesn't drink milk, we try to give cheese as a rare treat these days (she LOVES it), and she has yogurt occasionally. She eats lettuce and carrots but no other veggies, so we give her drinks like V8 fruit drinks with veggies in them as a treat. She loves apples, pears and occasionally a banana. She gets some treats here and there consisting of a hershey kiss usually.



I just don't know if she is just built big like her father and she will grow into her weight or if I need to seriously look at modifying her diet to maintain where she is at until she does grow in to it. Does anyone else have a normal giant child as well?



Thanks in advance and sorry for the novel haha.

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Mary - posted on 01/06/2013

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All my kids are giants. My teens are over both over 6 feet. One is slender, the other not so much. My daughter turned 2 September 23. She had a terrible time at the last doctor's visit. I forget how tall they said she was. I do remember the doctor saying her height is 98th percentile and she is as tall as some 4 year old. She weighs 35 pounds. I'm unusually tall for my family (5ft10in). I'm even taller than my brother lol.

When she was a baby, Camilla was a chunky monkey. She wasn't huge but she was quite chunky. People would sometimes comment on it. That bothered me. It's not polite to call someone overweight. Even if she was a baby she still deserved respect. She started really slimming down when she started walking. She slimmed down even more when she went off the bottle at 24 months. She loves cooked tomatoes. She will eat hummus and a very few beans. She, too, is a burger girl. She adores beef hamburgers. She will also eat small amounts of falafel or tvp burgers. That's mostly it for veggies. She's VERY picky. Spaghetti is her staple food lol. She likes cheese, chicken and noodles. She's such a fan of all forms of Asian noodles that I can sneak minced veggies in them. She will eat mushrooms on pizza lol. She loves yogurt!! People think she is so tall because she eats a lot. In actuality she doesn't eat that much. We call her Fickle Pickle lol. I keep serving her a bit of what we have and a bit of what she likes. She manages to get enough in her.

Every kid is different. I went through this with my teens. They're adventurous eaters now. Don't worry. When she is older she will eat a wider variety of foods and slim down. This is a fun post. Have a good day everyone. Happy Eating!

User - posted on 12/19/2012

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Umm well you all make me feel better my son is 17 months and weighs one pound less than his 29 month old sis and she weighs 27lbs I thought he was a brute. He will eat all day if you let him and will eat anything..

Tracy - posted on 12/16/2012

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She has always had gas and constipation issues, milk is the most likely candidate as its occurred since infancy and she was 100% formula fed. We notice that limiting it so most days age doesn't have any makes a world of difference. It isn't completely illuminated from her diet though. The doctor suggested ad give it a try to clear up her tummy problems.

Sherri - posted on 12/16/2012

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Why are you cutting out her dairy? It is actually a really good thing for her.

Tracy - posted on 12/12/2012

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I agree on the toddler belly and I was way skinnier. She still gets some cheese and yogurt and we are constantly trying new dairy free substitutes. We take her to a family doctor that sees our whole family and I wonder if a pediatrician would be more concerned than a doctor that has treated me since I was a kid and then the rest of my family for the last 4 years and perhaps the familiarity with our family health and background are why they aren't concerned.





Thank you for the help

Tracy - posted on 12/12/2012

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My kids are skinny, and they still had that "toddler belly". They are supposed to.

Tracy - posted on 12/12/2012

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Ask your pediatrician where she falls on that height-weight chart. For her height, 44 lbs doesn't sound outrageous to me. Also, with cutting dairy, make sure she is getting enough calcium. That worries me. Hope this helps. Tracy, RN

Lilla - posted on 12/11/2012

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Hi Tracy,



My daughter is two months younger than yours, and she is 36" tall and weighs 32lbs. She too has got a massive belly :) and broad shoulders, but that is totally the body shape of my hubby who is 6'2" (he isn't that bulky). I was worried about the same stuff as you, as people always comment on how big she is - so annoying, like we don't have enough other stuff to worry about. What alarmed me, was that everyone was saying that the weight gain will slow down once they walk, but with us it was the opposit. She gained 3lbs in the last 10 weeks. Ah well, I still think our kiddoes are fine, and just taking after their daddies. Besides I was not just big, but fat until the age of 4, then I suddenly grew so much that I was the skinniest kid and stayed that way. Oh and I don't feed her junk food, only a few baby biscuits as treat/snack. She does love to eat though and not too keen on veggie.

Tracy - posted on 12/04/2012

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she doesn't really eat a lot of junk. She has been in the higher percentages for weight and height since she was about 9 months old. I can't hide vegetables in other foods, she finds them and spits them out. Honestly a spoonful of mashed potatos with one pea in it, she ate the potatos and spit the pea back out. I know that statistically she is "overweight" but I don't think plugging numbers into a calculator fully can account for percent of body fat, muscle mass and just body build. So I'm still on the fence as to whether I should worry or not. I don't think there is much modification I could make to her current eating without her going hungry.



I guess it will be a wait and see game for now. Thanks guys :)

User - posted on 12/04/2012

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II did not want to scare you but mentioning that and i don't believe it is a problem right now but hav can be if the child keeps gaining as a steady rate. Also i believe genes play a big part because my husband is not fat but is bigger built and was a very chunky tot. He grew out of our as i assume my son will.

User - posted on 12/04/2012

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My son is about the same age. He turned two in August. He weighs41 lbs and is 38 inches tall. I pretty much let him eat whatever he wanted up until i had my daughter and took them to wic and they pointed out that he was overweight and explained that it can be dangerous for children to be overweight so young since o it causes diabetes. Since then i have stayed to pay more attention to his diet and cut out junk food and offer fruit for snacks instead and make sure he gets th the right amount of veggies. I have to hide them in other foods since he doesn't like much vegetables. He still gets treats but sparingly. Try offering smaller

meals and more snacks to keep from getting hungry and overeating i also noticed he wants to eat out of boredom at times.

Amanda - posted on 12/04/2012

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Tracy,

I understand about the sports being expensive! :) Thank God for the park! :) I am sorry, I thought you said your daughter was three. My mistake!

BTW, I still wouldn't worry too much!

Amanda

Tracy - posted on 12/04/2012

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I think they do for three year olds but in my area its all very pricey and we don't have the money for it. There is a lil kickers soccer program we could put her in now, but we are still trying to figure out how to afford it. We live with my parents in an expensive area unfortunately.

Amanda - posted on 12/04/2012

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While my child is at about the 50% percentile now for his height and weight, I really don't think you have anything to worry about, especially if your daughter's doctor has not said anything. Like you are already doing, I would start replacing more "bad" foods with "good" foods! Of course, keep her running, running, running. Do they offer any organized sports in your area for three year olds? That might be fun! :)

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