does anyone else's baby fall under ' the line'?

Rebecca - posted on 05/21/2009 ( 117 moms have responded )

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I just took my daughter to baby clinic. Her weight has gone up but because she's going to the bottom of the "the line" i was made to feel like a criminal. I feel really upset. She wants to see my daughter every week now. Ive been through this before as my son was little and never followed the line. Is anyone else's baby like this? I feel really upset. I now have the urge to force feed my daughter to make her get fatter!

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Lish - posted on 05/28/2009

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Anyone who would like to have a happy, HEALTHY child should read "How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor" by Dr. Robert S Mendelsohn, MD. He is a pediatrician who helps put parents back in control of their children's health. It is criminal that doctors and medical staff make a parent feel criminal simply because they are comparing every child to an out of date ridiculous chart that is given to them by a life insurance company and drafted over fifty years ago. Dr. Mendelsohn addresses this and many other bad medical practices that parents are exposed to out of concern for their children.

Kelly - posted on 05/28/2009

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my oldest son was 4 lbs 12 oz. at birth. he didn't even hit the 5th percentile for boys. It was nothing I did or didn't do. He didn't stop being underweit until he was 3 years old. Don't blame urself and don't forcefeed. As long as your baby is gaining weight at a steady pace and not losing a lot chances are things are just fine. If your child's dr. makes you feel like it's ur fault look for a new doctor.

April - posted on 05/28/2009

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I know what you mean too. My daughter went to the doctor without me once just once and the doctor freaked on my mom. She is underweight and under height. I am 5'7" and 96lbs and her dad is the same height and about 150 so she just got lucky and will be skinny and not very tall. Once I took her to the doctor for the doctor reccomended month check up on her weight he was like ohh I see why. But it is so steriotypical of doctors to think that we all must have large babies. My daughter eats more than I would have ever imagined. Go with your gut insticts if you think you are feeding her right then keep up her diet and maybe to a diet tracking just to make the doctor happy and have them put it in her file.

Andrea - posted on 05/28/2009

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I am currently going thru the same thing, and it is very stressfull! My 2 month old son isn't following their line, and the public health nurse (I'm Canadian)scared the crap out of me. They say that the problem is that he's so tall. That if he were shorter, they could accept that he is just a smaller personb ut to be his height he should be heavier. My husband and I are both of good average height, and although we are both over-weight now, we were stick bugs before puberty. My dad called me string bean! I just don't know what to do! If I stick to just my feelings, I believe he is fine, but she really scared me and now I doubt myself and my milk and everything. Thank goodness we have a great doctor, but in the mean time I am freaked out! They should be gentler with new moms

Rebecca - posted on 05/28/2009

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Don't be upset about it but do make sure you take her to the clinic every week. She is probably perfectly healthy (you will know, she's your daughter) but it's always best to be on the safe side. I don't think that nurses, doctors, midwives, etc. always take everything into account. For example, my younger child who is nearly 4 is barely in age 3 clothes but he's healthy and both myself and his dad are quite small. My older son never put on a lot of weight as a baby and it was only when I told them he was breastfed that they realised why. They had assumed he was bottlefed and, as such, would have gained more weight.

Don't force feed your daughter! Babies eat and drink when they are ready although if YOU think she's not eating/drinking enough then you should get her checked out.

Just remember that you know your own baby better than anyone.

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Hey all my children were under the line. My last daughter is 2 and 1/2 she is not even on the chart for wt or height. Some kids r just small.

All of mine were premies. My youngest has alot of allergies and digestive problems.

many tests were done. However, she is now on a med for her bowels. since she started and has been going poop more she has a much larger appetite. She has great potental to get on the chart in June. The Dr, Dietian and I are very hopeful. Good luck. keep ur chin up and don't feel like its ur fault. just work with ur child and watch bowel patterns and things maybe it could be something simple. or like they say " maybe she is just going to be tiny" Theresia

Cassie - posted on 05/27/2009

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i would maybe think about looking for a different pediatrician, some are a lot more laid back and others want all kids to be the same. luckily my son is very "normal" but i have a great pediatrician who doesnt judge you at all for any reason. no doctor should make you feel like a bad parent

Amanda - posted on 05/27/2009

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I took my son for his 2 yr check up and the doctor told me he is only in the 15% of his weight and 24% of his height. His dad is very small stature while I on the other hand am close to 6 ft. I think it has a lot to do with genetics and I wouldn't worry about it. As long as you know you are taking care of your daughter and making sure she is getting what she needs I wouldn't worry about it.

Michelle - posted on 05/27/2009

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Absolutely Not! If you know that this is a family pattern, and she is gaining weight, then trust your opinion. No one follows a general pattern... it's only a guideline... not a rule!

Sarah - posted on 05/27/2009

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How bottom of "the line" is she? While my daughter is in the 90th percentile for height - she is in the 20th percentile for weight and her doctor was actually very happy with that because of the obesity issue out there with a lot of kids. She didn't treat us like criminals at all and assured us it was actually a very healthy weight for her. I think I would suggest that if your girl is eating well and there are no other underlying health issues that might be causing the light weight - I'd maybe find a new doctor? Good luck!

Melanie - posted on 05/27/2009

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I have the same problem my daughter is 7mths and only weighs 12lbs. 9oz. she is not a big eater and never has been over 5%for her weight.She weighed in at 5lbs 2 oz at birth the doctors try to make me feel bad also but I figure it this way she eats when she's hungry she pees poops and does everything else so what if she is small.Her dad and I are not big people.I wouldn't force feed your baby as this may lead to other problems as they get older.

Jennifer - posted on 05/27/2009

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My son is 3.5 yrs old and is only 27 lbs. As long as your daughter is gaining weight then I do not see any problem. If your doc is making you feel bad, then I would look into getting another one.

Col - posted on 05/27/2009

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my son is under weight so the healh visitor advised me to see adietian and they changed his milk to enfamil a.r . and now he is putting on weight slow but hes getting there

Rhonda - posted on 05/27/2009

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Hi - I know you have a million responses here, but wanted to add anyway. My daughter is 17 months and only weighs a little over 19 lbs. She isn't even on the curve! But the pediatrician doesn't seem concerned because she is growing proportionally and still continues to gain at every visit. I've come to realize that some babies are just small and that's that! If she eats well and is growing she is fine. If the doctor can't see that, then maybe you should find a new one.

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Girl... don't let nobody tell you your baby is too small! I looked at her picture and she is GORGEOUS. Baby's weight may fluctuate, my daughter was considered small when she was born, but now she is considered bigger than most. And she is not fatty, she is a good, solid weight. She is tall like her parents. Go with your genetics!

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Some kids are little with very good reason, they are SUPPOSED to be little.


No clue how to post pics in a post, but if you look at my profile [wall?] you will see the grandbaby. She is 1 year old in the pic, wearing a size 9 month dress which is too big, and weighs 16.4 lbs. She is not even on the damn chart. But she eats fruits, veggies, meat and drinks 4 - 8oz bottles a day, and never ever stands still. Her dad weighs in at 150 lbs[5'8"] and her mum at 100 lbs, and her army aunt is only 5'2", same as me.

Mary - posted on 05/26/2009

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Mine is the opposite! He is way above average and I feel like I am over feeding him! Only one nurse at the clinic made me feel bad about it all the others told me he was totaly health and his hight supported his weight. He is above average in his height as well. I also had a nurse get very rude with me over my sons head...it was a little flat on one side becasue he refused to turn his head while he slept. I had tried everything and nothing worked. She made me feel like the worst mother in the world.



If your little girl is eating and is active and happy...I wouldn't worry to much about it. I know you do have to make sure it is not because there is something wrong but sometimes babies are just little! Jayden is 10 months old and wears 18 month clothing! The last time he was weighed he was 26 pounds! His cousin Seth is a year old and only weighs 18 pounds and when they are together Jayden is like two times the size of Seth! She also has to keep an eye on his weight as well.



Anyway....I just wanted to let you know that your not alone! Babies are all different and it all depends on genetics in my opinion! I also think those clinic nurses need to get some manners. I felt like I was gonna cry so I didn't say anything but I wish I could have said something cause these clinic nurses need to learn how to be less rude and hurtful.

Tara - posted on 05/26/2009

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I have twins who were born at 29 weeks. They are both still very tiny, and are both under the 3rd percentile for their corrected age. At first my pediatrician was a bit concerned, but now she isn't. They are both healthy, just small. Some babies are just small, and all babies grow at different rates. If you daughter is healthy, I wouldn't be to concerned.

Sairah - posted on 05/26/2009

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My son is under the line as well. But he is healthy, very active, and pretty smart (no, of course I'm not biased :-)). He eats well, but runs around after every bite.

As long as your daughter doesn't get sick a lot, and is active, I don't think there is anything to worry about.

Kristin - posted on 05/26/2009

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My son has always been under the line. He's never been in any percentile since he wsas born. After reading some responses i guess i have a nice doctor who understands some babies are just small. As long as you know you're daughter is eating a healthy amount for her and growing don't worry about it. Sometimes i think doctors want to see them every week so they get paid to weigh your baby. remember you're the mom and moms know best. If you don't want to take her in then don't!

Becky - posted on 05/26/2009

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I have a 9mo old that is at the 5th % and the doctor is advising me to force feed her but I am not doing it. I think that they will eat on there own, I do feed her when she is hungry and when I think the she should be hungry. Are we teaching our kids to overeat when we force feed them? I told the doctor what I am doing and he agreed that she is not in danger at this point so we can leave it alone--For Now!

Tiffany - posted on 05/26/2009

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My son is in the 2% for weight and his Doctor told me as long as the growth is steady that I have nothing to worry about. Keep in mind that family has a lot to do with it too, try not to worry too much. Even being so small he only go to get weighed at his health checks no more, I personaly think they put too much on how much they weigh and I see a lot of big chunky babies. Weather big or small if they are happy, healthy, and developing well that is what matters. Hope this will help.

Andrea - posted on 05/26/2009

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My sisters 11 month old baby is 15% for height and off the chart low for weight. Infact my 4 month old son weighs almost as much as him. There has been some fuss made at her pediatricians office about it. A nurse told her to feed him buttered veggies to fatten him up which is rediculous. My sister is a tiny girl, only 4'10 and her husband is 5'7 -5'8 at best. He is healthy and happy and completely funtional at at mark for development. And he eats like crazy too so what else do you do? If your daughter is developing (crawling stitting up talking and stuff) at the right range then dont worry about it. I was the first born and I was almost labled failure to thrive. I saw pictures of myself and i looked like an ethiopian kid I was so skinny, but I ate all the time. I am so sick of thin babies being labled this way.

Helen - posted on 05/25/2009

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Yes, my youngest has been like that and still is, the nurses made such a big fuss mainly when she first came out of hospital. She is now 15 mnths and she is till under weight and her height is also below average. My son was always over and his height was of the chart and my 1st daughter was average and the third is below, If she seems happy and healthy don't worry about it too much some doctors and nurses just get you paranoid, they need to accept that children are all different and stop obsessing. Good luck!

Susan - posted on 05/25/2009

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My daughter has always been 'under the line'. The health nurse also wanted to see her weekly for some time, which stressed me out. I ended up complementing her breast milk with formula to try and bring her weight up - which I now see wasn't necessary, but at the time, I was willing to try anything! Now that she is six - she is still little - the second smallest in her class at school, despite being the second oldest. I have decided it is the way she is - petite.

Mel - posted on 05/25/2009

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wow i totally agree Veronica it makes you doubt yourself as a parent and think you are doing something wrong when you are not. Sometimes when they say things to us especially the same things over and over that we have heard for a year now we just want to tell them to piss off and we will look after our child our way but we havent. we try to respect then but its hard. my in laws, mother and every one around can see that what they are syaing is ridiculous but we try not to get them off side. we did put our foot down with one thing though them wanting us to give our daughter 6 feeds a day at 14 months getting her up at 5.30 for brekky and putting her down at 9. i just cried and my partner was on the phone having a go at them. You know whats best for your child not them just remember that.

Veronica - posted on 05/25/2009

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I have a 2 year old who is barely 20 lbs. - and she's short -- but she is absolutely healthy -- and when she eats she fricken eats! (I think she stores it in her big toe!!) Its not only the genetics hun, its the dr/dietician you may be seeing. You may have to find a different one. I have a great doctor who is very encouragin, but when i go to WIC (milk checks, cereal, etc.) the dieticians are horrible!! I feed my children good - they get whole milk, despite what the dieticians say, they eat raw veggies (which is weird for little kids), and i cook real potatoes, meat, and we always have veggies/fruit a lot -- (no artificial nothing -- except maybe juice, sometimes they get treats -etc) but not much --- anyways - WIC was always horrible with my children's weight, my oldest daughter was a bit over the 50% percentile - she always was chunky -- now she is 6 and healthy normal thin - cuase she eats healthy and all my kids are active -- and its screwed up too because my third oldest - son - was "under weight" and the idiot tried to tell me he needed to gain, but that he should be on skim milk -- i cannot stand them -- now a days - milk really doesnt have much nutritional value to it unless you get it strait from the cow itself -- but they need milk in cereal, and whatever nutrients they get out of it - i personally feel are in whole- they can bite my rearend!! Ok, so i really suggest finding a good doctor -- and unless your child is ill and YOU have to take her in all the time for stuff - i would put up a fight on it - seriously, that would be me - they have no right unless there was apparent abuse, to come into your home and make you feel the way you do -- im mean come on - us women have enough issues about whether we are good moms or not -- then they have to make it worse!! Take care, and good luck in that battle if you choose -- but they honestly dont have rights!! ( Ps, my sister was little like my daughter, and my sister is now 23 and 4 foot 9 - a little over 100 lbs - healthy -- but genetics got her -- so once again they can bite it! lol)

Mel - posted on 05/25/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

dont force feed her because this can lead to aspiration and ill feelings toward food and you may have more of a problem latter on. my daughter is almost 1yr and she is just 15 pounds even, she is on a high calorie formula that is concentrated and a high calorie diet. she gets 1 tbsp of cheese whiz mixed in with all her veggies, eats full fat yogurt, avocados, mashed potatos and gravy on ocasion. and it dosent matter what we give her she is still far below the line. she was 8 pounds when she was born so she is suposed to be 24 pounds by the time she is 1 which is july 9th, not happening. my doctor also has my baby in often to be weighed. it is not to make you feel like a bad mom they just want to make sure she isnt looseing to much.
you should feel happy that they are keeping an eye on her.


 



i hate it when they try to tell you what your baby "should" be every child is different some babies are just going to be little. mine was born at 6 pounds 4.5 ounces and is now 17 pounds at 14 months. We go by kilos since im in australia and they told me she was supposed to be at least 10-11 kilos by the time she was 1, but shes now 7.9 kilos. its just not going to happen that way and the docs have to accept that. the gravy on their food that Amanda mentioned is good mine loves it especially her roast beef and gravy. I hope your not stressing too much as well Amanda because they really do focus too much on this even the nurses told me they make a big deal if a baby in their books is too big or too skinny when in actual fact most of the time its not a medical problem its just how they are. the scared us by doing an MRI and telling us it would almost definately show something because our daughter apparently should not have been losing weight while on concentrated formula and solids, but she was just fine. Hope it all gets easier

Amanda - posted on 05/25/2009

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dont force feed her because this can lead to aspiration and ill feelings toward food and you may have more of a problem latter on. my daughter is almost 1yr and she is just 15 pounds even, she is on a high calorie formula that is concentrated and a high calorie diet. she gets 1 tbsp of cheese whiz mixed in with all her veggies, eats full fat yogurt, avocados, mashed potatos and gravy on ocasion. and it dosent matter what we give her she is still far below the line. she was 8 pounds when she was born so she is suposed to be 24 pounds by the time she is 1 which is july 9th, not happening. my doctor also has my baby in often to be weighed. it is not to make you feel like a bad mom they just want to make sure she isnt looseing to much.

you should feel happy that they are keeping an eye on her.

Kimberly - posted on 05/25/2009

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I agree with Cristin on this! The average child these days are classified as "big" or on the way to obesity. This info is updated every 10 years, just like they don't want you to use baby powder, baby oil, and the bunch of other stuff that they are still selling in stores. This is my first child and I was so worried about what is expected of me, and hardly focused on watching my daughter grow as a person! Ahhhhhhhhh, it feels so good to vent this out to all you guys who understand :) Cheers, all!

Christin - posted on 05/25/2009

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Do not even get me started on this! GRRRR!!!!!!!!!! I Have a son who is the same way. Let me put this out there for those of you who do not know this. Every ten years they update that chart to the current "national averages" which with the way the country is going with the majority of children being "Obese and Overweight" that makes our little ones only more and more abnormal every ten years. For god sake worry about the ones who need to be worried about and quit making obesity "normal"

Kelli - posted on 05/25/2009

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My daughter has always been really small. She is 5 1/2 and I have to take her to the doctor every 3 months because she isn't on the growth chart yet!. She eats like crazy, is never sick, but doesn't grow. At our last visit she was 37inches tall and 29lbs. She is the average size of a 3 yr old. I wouldn't worry too much about it as long as you know that she's healthy!

Kimberly - posted on 05/25/2009

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I just got my 9 month old daughter weighed today and she is only 15lbs 4oz. and is in the 5th pecentile, which she has been in since birth. I was told that as long as she is gaining at a steady pace and reaching her milestones, then she is okay. She is 27" and has 5 teeth, crawls, stands on her own, eats solids...she is perfectly normal otherwise, maybe just a fast metabolism. I used to worry because I was told to make her eat foods high in fat...but the last thing I want is an overweight baby. I don't worry anymore...just remember...all these things were all different when we were babies, and we survived.

Hope - posted on 05/25/2009

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Geez reading this makes me a little worried about my daughters next appointment when she gets weighted..so far the doctor said her growth chart is doing really well and it made me feel I must be doing something right if they are saying she is growing great according to her chart. But as I am reading here that it can drop,can't help feel a little nervous about her next appointment. She's quite active she;s not quite walking on her own yet but very close to taking off, but she walks around furniture and crawls, and she certainly is not a picky eater I think she gets that from mommy and daddy, I don't ever remember being a picky eater. but however we aren't really talking about eating. lol

Hope - posted on 05/25/2009

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Geez reading this makes me a little worried about my daughters next appointment when she gets weighted..so far the doctor said her growth chart is doing really well and it made me feel I must be doing something right if they are saying she is growing great according to her chart. But as I am reading here that it can drop,can't help feel a little nervous about her next appointment. She's quite active she;s not quite walking on her own yet but very close to taking off, but she walks around furniture and crawls, and she certainly is not a picky eater I think she gets that from mommy and daddy, I don't ever remember being a picky eater. but however we aren't really talking about eating. lol

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Me too! We even had to see a nutrionist! What a lot of wasted time. Don't worry as long as she is healthy. I had to tell everyone that neither my sons father nor I were the tallest people in the world and what did they expect? That our son would be giant. Also the charts are based on formula fed babies. If you are breast feeding then very often they don't measure up to the lines they are meant to. I stopped going to get him weighed and started concentrating on him. He's now nearly three, still in clothes for early two year olds and happy as can be. That's all that matters.

Lisa - posted on 05/24/2009

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Quoting Autumn:

Having a child who is 7 and still below the line (he is in the .06%) I would simply advise you to ensure that you are feeding your child healthy food, possibly with pediasure as a supplement (to ensure additionaly healthy calories) and if that does not do the trick, then ask for a referral to an endocronologist. These are the doctors that specialize in size issues (as well as many others). They will look at your family history, size of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. to get a genetic look. They will also be able to advise you on any testing that would rule out any medical reason for small size and then give you better advice than the general pediatrician. You are your child's best advocate, so I would say proceed with the steps necessary to have piece of mind, then stand by your feelings as a mother.



I would also look into food allergies. Food allergies can make a baby not take in all the nutrients from the foods the baby is eating.  I know, my son was one of those babies.  A scratch test can be done at the allergist's office and you'll know within 10 minutes what allergies your son may have.

Autumn - posted on 05/24/2009

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Having a child who is 7 and still below the line (he is in the .06%) I would simply advise you to ensure that you are feeding your child healthy food, possibly with pediasure as a supplement (to ensure additionaly healthy calories) and if that does not do the trick, then ask for a referral to an endocronologist. These are the doctors that specialize in size issues (as well as many others). They will look at your family history, size of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. to get a genetic look. They will also be able to advise you on any testing that would rule out any medical reason for small size and then give you better advice than the general pediatrician. You are your child's best advocate, so I would say proceed with the steps necessary to have piece of mind, then stand by your feelings as a mother.

Liz - posted on 05/24/2009

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I honestly wouldn't worry too much about it. My daughter was always in the 5th percentile. I was always getting words said by the older generation in my family, but she ate when she was hungry and I knew the food she was getting was healthy. She has always been not such a great eater ( I mean she never really chows down) But she is a very healthy little girl now at 3.5 and was in the 10th percentile now. Dont stress. You cant force a child to eat. Either they eat or they dont. If they have always been in the low percentile in weight they they are growing just fine. I would be worried if they went from like the 20th to the 5th.

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My son was always at the bottom of the charts for his weight. At his 18 month check -up the doc said that he would like for him to be closer to the 10th percentile. So he wanted me to feed him less veggies and fruit and feed him more fattening stuff. I told a friend of mine, who happens to be a nurse, what he said and she thought he was crazy. I never took his advice because my son is a very healthy eater and I was not going to jeprodize that just so he would fit a "chart". Those charts are just an average and there has to be someone at the bottom for there to even BE a chart!

Joleen - posted on 05/24/2009

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I had a problem with my community nurse. She accused me of over feeding my last baby. I took her in for her 6 month checkup and because she was "off the charts" weight wise she called me away from work for a special meeting. Questioning how often and what I feed my daughter on a daily basis. I was sooooo angry I had to fight back! Apparently it was child abuse in her mind. I ripped into her and asked if she even took the time to read the birthh records....Sarah was 10 pounds 13 ounces at birth and very long.Funny she isn't a very tall girl today. After I took a strip off I went to my doc and complained that while my daughter may be "off the charts" She is well proportioned to her length etc and I was in fact feeding her with healthy foods as guidlined by our own Canadian standards. Very long story made shorter.......I ended up with a letter of apology from the district nurse. I still think her a snobby class conscious hag(sorry)

Don't force feed and I know you wouldn't. Make sure you know the names of people checking the baby. If you feel threatened in any way ask for a second and or third opinion possibly.Do Not Take any Guff from anyone. This IS YOUR baby.

I hope all goes well

Joleen

Carla - posted on 05/24/2009

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when my son was a baby and had to go to the baby clinc they upset me as well as he never follow the line after the 6mth check up i lost my cool with them, they said my son was under weight had a big head and too short. so my comment back to the nurse was he skinny because he on the go ( been crawling since 3 or 3 1/2 mths) he big head is because he has a lot of brains and that me and he dad are not the talls people in the word so to me he find and i left and never went back to that clinic, i saw hw doc and the nurse that work with my doc every week then after and they were happy with him and i felt better so maybe u might want t try samer else like i did

Kristen - posted on 05/24/2009

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My mom said that i was the same way when i was a baby, I would eat and eat and eat and nevr gain a pound and the doctors accused my parents of not feeding me.

Arlene - posted on 05/24/2009

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Hi! My "baby" is now almost 12 years old, he's over 5ft. tall and about 120lbs. and up until he was 16 months old he was a "smaller" baby. He weighed like 18-19 lbs. when he was a year old. Now he is huge! My niece is 8 and and feels like she will be in a carseat "Forever" as she puts it. She has to grow more inches to meet the height requirement, and like 15-20 lbs to meet the weight one. She eats normal and healthy, her 6 year old sister is almost the same size as her and they eat the same. Each child is different, don't worry about it!

Heather - posted on 05/24/2009

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My 2 and a half year old son was 7lbs when he was born and stayed in the upper percentile for a very short time. He just didnt grow as fast. it was kind of hard because my neice who is only a month older has always been way at the top and almost above the line in her weight. To this day she is still almost 15lbs heavier than my son. My son still wears 18 months clothes even though the pants are too short. He has started wearing 24 months but they are still too big around the waist. He gets taller and is right up their for height but at 2 and a half years old he is still only 27lbs. He as 25lbs for almost a year. They told me to feed him more calories, add more butter or feed him more fattening foods. I didnt agree. He still eats healthy. He is just very active and is not real interested in eating a lot at one time. So it is ok to have a small child. My husband was the same way when he as a child until he turned 13. Your daughter will grow when she is good and ready.

Wendy - posted on 05/24/2009

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My daughter has always been small. she is now 2 years 3 m and is still in 12 m old clothing. The docs have never worried about it because both my husband and I are small

but I was concerned. all n all what they explained to me was it was ok to be small. they said that if she had been growing and had sudenly stoped then we should be concerned. She has keep the same grouth patern and grows a little between each appointment so they have said she is ok. My little gorl is not even on the charts for her age.

Annette - posted on 05/24/2009

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My oldest started out in the 30th percentile and now he's in the 75th percentile...just take what the doctors say "with a grain of salt" and go on! My youngest wasn't even on the chart until just this past year and now he's only in the 3rd percentile, he's just going to be small for his age. One person pointed out that he was so small and my remark was "what do you recommend we do, stretch him." lol

Marlène - posted on 05/24/2009

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As long as she's getting bigger and fatter the doctors will be happy... Just kidding. Relax and don't take the doctors remarks too personnaly. He/She is just concerned that your daughter will grow as healthy as possible. As long as you see her grow and learn new things,don't be too harsch on her or yourself. My first son was born 2 month early and weighting only 2 lbs at birth. Until he was 2 1/2 he was definitly under "the line". And then all of a sudden he started too grew to reach the line like other kids. Now he's almost 13 weighting 112 lbs and 5.1ft tall-> over the top line of the charts...So right now, keep on doing what you do best : loving her and let time take care of the rest.

Tabitha - posted on 05/24/2009

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I have it both ways. My 5 year old is over "the line" and my 3 year old is under. Don't worry too much about it. I am still trying to figure out who came up with that silly curve anyway. God created us how he wanted us. As long as your daughter is getting a balanced diet and the nutrients she needs, she'll be fine. It is criminal in my mind for our pediatricians and nurses we trust to make us feel like criminals when we are doing what they tell us. I told my child's doc I was not about to force her to overeat, because that will cause a definate problem, ie eating disorder.

Nicole - posted on 05/23/2009

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Both my girls are that way. My doctor even told me at one point that because my kids are so short they needed to start the growth hormone shot. I am short myself and so is my husband so i did not think it was so tragic that my girls were short. They are only 2 and 3 so I did not think it was that urgent to get this treatment. I was lucky that my mother in law had the treatments done on one of her kids and told me there is no way I should let them do it on them so young. My doctor also likes to tell me that my kids are not gaining enough weight and that i need to feed them "Healthy fats" like peanut butter but i hate forcing them to eat it's horrible!! and what are we teaching them then>

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