is anybody else's baby underweight?

Dollie - posted on 01/09/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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my doctor's assisstant is griping at me because my baby is only in the 11th percentile for her weight. she is 7 months and 14 lbs. she eats all the time, if she is not eating she is playing. and her idea of playing involves a lot of excercise for me so maybe she is just burning calories faster. i don't know. can anybody tell me something that could be useful?

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Kristy - posted on 01/29/2010

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Hi i know what its like having drs gripe at you over weight. I had a massive argument with a dr once when they hassled me over my then 18month old being underweight. She was underweight yes but she was also having a shocking bout of tonsillitus that they refused to do anything about even 4 months later. Yet they were more then happy to complain about her weight and size. Her hospital file was officially stamped with Failure to Thrive at 12.5 months, but for peats sake she was a very sick baby at that time also. I still get crap from them she is now 4 and 2 months weighs approx 32 pounds and is 100cms, they have finally given in a bit on harping at me though. Mainly i think that might be because she has an undiagnosed health issue they cant work out and they figure they best keep it to themselves. If your little girl eats fine then i would not worry at all. My niece is 16 months and weighs approx 18 pounds she is the same eats like a horse and never stops moving. She is a very happy little girl and loves her food. The best thing i can suggest is ignore them you know she is eating right and is a happy energetic little girl. I would suggest keeping a good amount of carbs in her diet, this helps their little bodies absorb alot of the other vitamins in food. Good luck and keep strong on your feelings

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I feel ya my son is two and weighs 27 pounds his doctor said it wasn't something he was to concerned about since he is eating, but his nutritionist has been talking about using a suppliment to help him gain weight like pediasure. I have to say I am not overly worried my husband and I were skinny little things growing up as well. But we are going to try the pediasure for a while to see what will come of it he loves the chocolate one he calls it his chalkie milk! :) Good luck!

Brendalyn - posted on 01/28/2010

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my son is 4 years old and is in the 3rd percentile. he is 30lbs. he eats and plays alot as well. i was getting concerned and took him to doctors and a nutritionist and they said that he just has a fast metabalism..and also he atkes after i do...i am petite as well. eventually i just stopped worrying.

Jen - posted on 01/28/2010

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My daughter has been in the 30th percentile for height and weight since 15 months. She's 26 months old and weighs 27lbs. At first I was concerned, but then I know my daughter is a pig when it comes to eating and she is always on the go. The only time she sits still is the hour of tv we let her watch or if we're reading books. If you know your daughter is eating well then don't worry about it.

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My Fae is 16 months and only 17 lbs. Her doc is not worried becouse I am 4' 9", my sister is the tallest of us women at 4' 11". She also loves to run and play and is just all over the place.

Tonia - posted on 01/28/2010

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My son is 3 years and 4 months. he only weighs 29lbs and at a year he only weighed 18lbs and 10 oz. It is not unnormal for that to happen, I am in the health care feel and as long as they eat and their vitals and growth si good, dontl worry about it, They just like to measure the children on a scale but it;s not always too accurate

Also try given her a little extra baby food might help. Her metabolism may also be busier is she is very active as well

Shelby - posted on 01/28/2010

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some babies are smaller, true. but if your husband and you are not particularly small, then i would at least consider WHAT you are feeding her all the time. are you breastfeeding or using formula? if you are introducing solid foods, are you making sure she getting a healthy balanced diet w/ no wasted "empty" calories? whole milk and not 2% or less. something to consider before you blow off medical advice. skinny is in for adult girls, but not for babies.

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i wouldn't worry about your babies weight. some babies are just small... i think doctors look at the "norm" for what all babies should be but you can't look at that. my daughter is 11 months old and only weighs 17lbs. she is very healthy and very ACTIVE!! lol every baby is different. as long as they are eating and are happy there is nothing to worry about.

Jessie - posted on 01/27/2010

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My baby is only 2 months but she is in the 8th percentile for weight, the dr. didn't say anything negative about this so I'm guessing that as long as my baby stays helathy then there isn't a problem. I wouldn't worry about it if she is healthy and happy, some children are just smaller than others. She sounds like she is both of those so I wouldn't worry about it, plus if it was just the Dr.'s assistant and not the Dr. then I really wouldn't worry about it.

Ayrjia - posted on 01/27/2010

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Leave it to your Ped to make you worry huh?? If our kids don't fit in a neat little box then there must be something wrong right(sarcasm)?? Take this concern with a grain of salt...if kiddo eats, sleeps, and is active don't give it a second thought! I know 4 mom friends of mine who have had their Ped say the same thing and even have dietary suggestions. ALL those kids are still small but perfectly healthy. Hang in there Mamma!

Roxy - posted on 01/27/2010

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my son is the same way im small two so he gets it from me but he is in the 5th percentile he will b 2 in march and is only 23 lbs. but a few months back his doctor told us to put him on the carnations breakfast drink it helps adults loose weight but kids gain weight my son was 18 lbs and wasnt goin anywhere with his weight he has been drinking the carnations 1 time a day for about 4 months now and is finally at 23 lbs its worth a shot its in the cereal section at any grocery store

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2010

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I know exactly what you are talking about I have a two year old little girl she weighs 22 lbs she has always been underweight. She is only in the 3rd percentile. That started to worry me too. I have tried the pedia sure nutrition drinks and she tells me she doesn't like them. The thing I do not understand is that she eats all the time. I guess maybe she just burns it all up.

Cassandra - posted on 01/26/2010

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I can feel your pain my 10 month old is 16lbs and that put her in at the 5th percentile. So her doctor sent her for blood tests and xrays. So we just got back the tests a few weeks ago and she has rickets and is on a vit. D sup. so make sure she is getting enough vit. D.

Christine - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son is only in the 3rd percentile. I don't know why your dr. is worrying at the 11th. When my son was in the 10th, they were like "okey dokey...". If he's active and eating, then just disregard it and know that she's fine. They've been getting on me about my son too, even made me go to the dietician (who didn't help at all..) and all you can do is know that you're doing everything right. Some kids just have a really fast metabolism!

Kerrie - posted on 01/09/2010

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One of my friends has twin 16 month olds boy and a girl- the girl is only 18lbs and has been tiny since she was born- as long as otherwise she is healthy and gets the nutrition needed then shes just a little peanut!

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My doctor grips at me too about out little one. But she is perfectly healthy other than having RSV which all kids get by the time they are 2 yrs old. (Just a cold but a bad one when they are really little)..the thing is our little one has always been underweight and tiny & yet still growing and healthy. So I know she is just going to be little for all her life. Sometimes you can't go by "charts". Ya know what I mean??..I mean every child is different.

Annah - posted on 01/09/2010

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Hi, My name is Annah. I have a 2 year old son. He is also under weight. He weight's 24 lbs. He is in the 5 percentile for his age. At 7 months old he was 12 lbs. He wasn't on the charts. Some babies are just little. It helped when I told his doc that his dad was little also. His dad was 12 lbs at 1 and 20 at 2. All I cans say is hang in there and remind the doc that if everything else is growing and developing fine than there is nothing wrong.

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