I'm worried about my baby's size...

Penny - posted on 06/12/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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At the last check-up, the Doc. mentioned that she is a little light, and a little short. At eight and a half months, she was 27" and 16 pounds 14oz. She has only put on a pound in the last 3 months. I thought she was eating enough, because I feed her what she wants, and stop when she refuses food. She drinks about 4 feedings of 6-8 oz of formula/breastmilk, eats about 2/3 cup of cereal, and maybe 2 jars of fruits, veggies and a serving of meat every day. It doesn't seem like much compared to what I've been reading she should eat. She's perfectly mobile and seems happy...sleeps the night through...Should I be concerned? When I see other babies her age, she seems half their size. Some of the stuff she wears, she was wearing 5 months ago...I just worry that something is wrong. My doctor is really hard to communicate with, and really isn't much help.

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Sherrie - posted on 06/17/2009

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What are the sizes of you and her father? That could have a lot to do with it. I got the exact opposite from the doctors about my girls. My oldest was 27lbs at 1 yr old and is now only 40 at 7. However, she is up to my chest! My youngest was 30 lbs at 1 and is only 34 at 4. She comes up to her sisters shoulders. Their father is 6' 2" and 270 lbs. That could have a lot to do with it. As long as she is eating and growing then I wouldn't worry. Just because they went to years of school, doesn't mean they know everything. Especially if they don't have kids of their own yet.

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I agree with the other posters - her weight sounds just fine, and if she's producing enough wet/dirty diapers, I'm sure her diet is fine, too. But I wanted to also mention that slower weight gain after 6 months is completely normal (especially for breastfed babies). My son had his 9 month check-up yesterday. He's 24lbs 15oz, but that means he's only put on 15oz since his 6 month check. This concerned me a little, until my pediatrician showed me his growth chart - and he was still following it perfectly. As long as her percentile it staying about the same, you should have nothing to worry about.

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In that case, I wouldn't worry about it. My daughter was/is tiny. When I finally moved her out of her infant car seat, she only weighed 18 lbs, and that was at 14 months old. She is now 3 years old and only weighs 28 lbs. If your daughter is eating and she is growing then you are doing fine. The drs or clinics will always tell you if your child is on the small end of things, but it doesn't mean there is anything wrong.

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Beth - posted on 06/18/2009

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how does her size relate to family members babies or you when you were a baby.

Some kidsa re just small. If she is eating well and the diapersa re as they should be.

I would not worry but for piece of mind I would find a new doctor.



My son's pediatricion drove me nuts, then I found out he did nothave kids. So I found a new doctor and she has a son my sons age.



good luck and take care

Beth - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Penny:

I'm worried about my baby's size...

At the last check-up, the Doc. mentioned that she is a little light, and a little short. At eight and a half months, she was 27" and 16 pounds 14oz. She has only put on a pound in the last 3 months. I thought she was eating enough, because I feed her what she wants, and stop when she refuses food. She drinks about 4 feedings of 6-8 oz of formula/breastmilk, eats about 2/3 cup of cereal, and maybe 2 jars of fruits, veggies and a serving of meat every day. It doesn't seem like much compared to what I've been reading she should eat. She's perfectly mobile and seems happy...sleeps the night through...Should I be concerned? When I see other babies her age, she seems half their size. Some of the stuff she wears, she was wearing 5 months ago...I just worry that something is wrong. My doctor is really hard to communicate with, and really isn't much help.


 

Francesca - posted on 06/18/2009

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Doctors always say to us " he's small for his age" but never look at what his parents look like.his mum is tiny and my husband isn't really that big. they also say "he has a small head" but again both parents have small heads. they like to worry you for no reason. id say if you cant talk to him get a new doc.

Amanda - posted on 06/18/2009

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OMG! I am going through the same thing. My little guy is 13months old, and only weighs 17.6. The healthy beginnings nurse says that if there was a negative percentile for weight, he would be in that. But just remember, if your little girl is happy, interactive, and seems relatively healthy, don't worry too much. Remember, everyone comes in all different shapes and sizes. As long as she is reaching milestones at time or close, just keep feeding her the food she likes and lots of veggies and fruits. My little guy is still on formula, just for the added boost but he is doing great. Happy, healthy, and getting in lots of trouble with the cat. We just call him travel-size.

Penny - posted on 06/17/2009

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Yeah, ok, maybe our size has something to do with it; we're total munchkins. I'm 5'2" and my husband is 5'4". I guess I never made a connection between our adult size and her baby size...makes sense lol! I'm sure she's fine. I don't know why I was so worried. Someone told me she looked fat the other day. You can bet I wasn't too insulted ;) I'm not worried anymore - she's too strong to be malnourished. She's not quite 9 months and she's climbing everything...probably has to do with the fact that she's little!

Mel - posted on 06/17/2009

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Quoting Tamara:

Ok. Is she following her growth curve? What does her diaper output look like? Is she meeting and/or exceeding milestones?


 



if a baby is following the same pattern since birth, so in other words stays on the 3rd percentile, why do they stress so much about weight gain. do you think the baby really needs to be constantly fed if they are just following the same weight gain they always have?

Tamara - posted on 06/13/2009

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Ok. Is she following her growth curve? What does her diaper output look like? Is she meeting and/or exceeding milestones?

Emily - posted on 06/13/2009

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My twins are 12 mo. They are both around 15 lbs and 27 inches. They were born slightly lighter than your daughter. Everyone in my husband's family is little. I am assuming it is in their genes. My ped isn't worried as they are growing and meeting all their milestones. My sis is a pedatric nurse practitioner. She said that babies are fine as long as they are following a growth curve (even if it doesn't fall on the "norma" growth curve).



Glad to see you plan to find a new ped! You really want someone who will care for your child and be part of a partnership with you. Good luck in your search.

Penny - posted on 06/13/2009

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Thanks for the encouragement...I have been thinking of getting a new Dr. The only reason I had this one is that he was my pediatrician...not such a good idea. I thought I was being picky, because I was "spoiled" by midwives before...it's a shame we can't keep them, isn't it?

Tina - posted on 06/13/2009

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My daughter was smaller at that age, and is still small for her age now and she's 3. I am only a small person, so I think she has taken after me. I dont think people realise how much it effects us when they say that they are sooo tiny. Your doing a great job :)

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I made this post in another thread earlier about another woman who was concerned about her childs weight...


My son weighs 21lbs at 7 months and is 27.5 inches tall. His cousin is 8 months and weighs 19lbs and 28 inches tall. My friends daughter is 10 months and she weighs 18lbs and is barely 24 inches tall. I wouldn't worry about it if she's eating, pooping, peeing right and if she's active she could even lose weight. So yea, I wouldn't worry! Babies come in all shapes and sizes :D



And I will add that if your doctor is hard to communicate with, I would suggest getting a second opinion. You could even take her to the maternity ward at the local hospital and ask the nurses if they have 10 minutes to discuss your baby - the nurses here are pretty good about it and if you are genuinely concerned they would be better off to give you advice about maybe a doctor that is taking new patients etc.



I wouldn't be too concerned though if all the signs say she's alright. But certainly if you are concerned make an appointment with another doctor and ask them for a second opinion - we can never be too safe when it comes to these things with our bubbies! Good luck, I hope you get the answers that smooth out your concerns :)

Teri - posted on 06/12/2009

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My oldest was only 19 lbs at a year old! She was very petite, but it runs on my father's side. She stayed on the low end of the growth chart until she started kindergarten! Then, she outgrew her clothes every 6 months. By 4th grade she towered over the boys! They didn't catch up to her until 8th grade! She's not very tall now at 21, she's only 5'1",but she had her glory days!

Mel - posted on 06/12/2009

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shes fine mine is only about 18-19 pounds now at 14 months and was alot smaller back when she was that age. dont let them stress you out they did it to me

Kelly - posted on 06/12/2009

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My son, who is 7 months old, is about 23 pounds and about 29 inches long....he is a big boy, my friends little girl is almost 11 months old and just got to 17 pounds and is about 28 inches long.....compared to my son she is little, but she is growing, crawling and walking aroind the furnitaure......she is sompletly healthy, she is just smaller than some other babies.....i wouldn't worry too much.....expecially since it sounds like she is eating good....thats about the same as my son, except sometimes he will have an extra 4 oz of formula before bed, but i would just suggest checking into other doctors in your area that you would feel more comfortable with, i was taking my son to an older male doctor and didn't feel that i could talk to him very well, then i switched to a younger female doctor in the same pratice, and she is wounderful, she understands that i am a new mom and that i have lots of questions and is more than happy to sped the time to answer them all.......good luck

Sharyn - posted on 06/12/2009

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my daughter is 6months and weighs almost 19 pounds, we've already changed her carseat ...
dont forget that your child may take after you or your husband when you were babies .. hence it might run in the family ...
and if you dont like your baby's doctor then change to someone you can talk to and whom will listen to you ....

Betsy - posted on 06/12/2009

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First of all, if your pediatrician isn't someone you can feel you can talk to comfortable, you may want to find one with which you can. Parent and doctor relationship is a partnership, and every doctor is not always the right fir with every patient, and you should have ease and comfort in that partnership.

Don't put too much emphasis on the stats. They are based on the average baby, and just like all humans, we all come in different sizes. The main concern should be a steady growth rate. If your child is growing steady, but it small, than she is fine, but you really shouldn't feel it difficult to communicate with your doctor. Don't forget, your doctor is providing a service that you are hiring him for, so you are paying and should be satisfied with the service. Good luck!

Penny - posted on 06/12/2009

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Good to hear...I waver between knowing she's just fine, then doubting, especially after seeing those big baby boys, or being told she's so tiny...I don't think people realize what that does to a mother.

Kerry - posted on 06/12/2009

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How much did your baby weigh at birth? Was she pre-mature? I think you may want a better doctor you can communicate with.

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