My preemie is a lil under weight and is a lil behind in reaching milestones. Anyone else going through the same thing?

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Jessica - posted on 02/21/2009

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i went through the same thing my son was born 4 pounds he is 18 months old and is only 24 pounds he has always been in the 10th percentile since birth so as long as the doctors see no problems then you shouldnt worry to much about it!

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Niki - posted on 02/25/2009

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we know its hard i have two prems and a friend who has a normal (lol) seeing them side by side is hard because u can see the difference in size and ability but they don't seem to care and play quite well together.

Mika - posted on 02/24/2009

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thank you all, I guess I just have to be patient...its just hard when I hear about other babies his age doing things that hes not even trying to do.

Amanda - posted on 02/24/2009

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my 26 week preemie has blossomed into an intelegent almost 5 year old. She still gets the 3 therapies in reschool, but has caught up very well. She is still small for her age, but has her growth spurts. she was 1 lb. at birth and 1 inches long. very tiny... and the doctors had even said she probly wouldnt make it through the first night, and if she did she would have mental disabilities. she has proven them wrong. She may have asthma and a weak immune system, but she is a survivor!!!! so hang in there! all babies develope at a different pace...

Niki - posted on 02/24/2009

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don't worry about it, my little boy is 14months still a little behind with everything including his weight the doctors are happy the specialists are happy and so is the health visitor.  they all say he will catch up when he's good and ready. don't rush it enjoy him for being a little baby for a bit longer than normal they soon change.



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My preemie, now 7, is still in the 5th percentile on the growth curve.  Essentially, he fits in 4s and 5s.  He is still in baby department for shoes.  We just make sure he eats.  Docs believe hormonal gland (pituitary?) was messed up due to prematurity.  But he is an active kid so we don't worry as much as when he was younger.  As far as milestones, they will hit them but in their timing.  

Lizzie - posted on 02/23/2009

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My 9 mth old little girl Libby was born at 35 weeks and weighs 14lb.  Her older brother was born at 38 weeks he is now nearly three and only just weighs 24lb he crawled, walked and talked before he was one.  Where as Libby cant sit up, has no intention of trying to crawl.  She does roll and roll and roll , shes just learnt to say dada. Im not too worried as I know all children develop differently, but I find it can get me down when other people say isnt she crawling yet? shouldnt she be able to sit up by herself? Then i explain she is premature and should be only 8 mths old at the minute, they look at me like I'm making excuses. How long can you call your child premature?



 

Angie - posted on 02/23/2009

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Going through the exact same thing, and I think its normal for a preemie. My 28 weeker is 11 months old now. He has finally caught up in weight (he's 20lbs 3oz) but he is not crawling and doing the things other 11 month olds are doing. It's SO hard to keep in mind that he's not going to follow what everyone else thinks is "normal"! You definitely need to be looking at the adjusted charts, and even then remember that every baby/person is different. Are you following up with a High Risk clinic or pediatrician? How about services with your county? Our county has a program called Help Me Grow. They come out to the house once a month and monitor Michael, and they are a GREAT help!

Julie - posted on 02/23/2009

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What chart are they charting your little one on? If it is a "normal" child curve and all they do is correct the age, they will frequently fall under. I found a set of curves that chart out the percentiles specifically for preemies. When my little one is charted on the "normal" curve, just age adjusted, he is 2 pounds under weight. However, if I chart him on the "growth chart for premature boys weighing less than 1500 grams at birth from birth to age 3" he fall between the 5th and 25th percentiles. I think it is more fair to compare him to his actual peers... btw, my LO was a 26 weeker, 5 days, was 1146 grams. He is now about 11 months, actual age and weighs 15 pounds.

Lakeida - posted on 02/23/2009

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When Vonna was 3months her dr put her on a high calorie milk.  When she was born she weigh 6lb 6oz (not really a preemie in weight) when she the hosptial she lost 2lbs.  And my breast milk was not helping so he decided that the would help.  Yes it did.  By time she was 5mon my child was almost 20lbs.  I have to post those pictures.   Ask your dr about the milk I'm so sorry that I do not remember the name of it.

Aisha - posted on 02/22/2009

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I have a little boy who is turning two Mon the 23rd of Feb. He was born at 29 weeks and weighed 2.15 pounds. today when we put him on our scale he weighs 23 pounds still. When he turned one he was 20 pounds. Ben is not even on the chart. My doctor does not worrie because he is growing in height and is still gaining and not loosing. They do have me adding fat to every meal that I can. Oil to mac and cheese, butter on all bread and so on. The BEST thing if your child will drink it is Pediasure. It gives them all the vitamins and things plus gives them the fat they need. Ben will drink it most days. I have just started him on it in the past month and I think it is helping.



Ben also is behind on Gross moter skills. He is ahead in fine moter skills, puzzels and things like that but was always behind in sitting, crawling and things like that. He still does not talk to this day. We have a speech therapist working with him but they say it is very common in preemies. Gross moter skills is something they are slow in. Just get all the help you can. Early intervention is the best thing for our little ones. In Michigan we have a free program called Early On. The nurses and therapists come to your house and work with your child. Maybe look into something like that. Hope you do well.

Rebekkah - posted on 02/22/2009

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My first child was born 12 weeks early weighing 2lb, the second born 5 weeks early (5lb 2oz), and my third was 6 weeks early (3lb 13oz) and is now three months old.  It is my understanding in terms of milestones that a child born signifcantly premature (i.e 6 weeks or more) should be measured in terms of their 'corrected' age rather than their actual age.  So for example my daughter is now three months old, but really she is only 6 weeks old and is doing what things a six week old would do rather than a three month old. That being said, I am also an early childhood teacher and firmly believe that us mums shouldn't get hung up on percieved 'milestones' because every child is so different and will do things in their own time.  As far as weight goes, as long as baby is always moving along or upward on growth charts, I wouldn't worry too much, because they tend to take off eventually!  However if they start to drop off that is when it's vital to consult your GP or specialist. 

Lynsi - posted on 02/20/2009

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I was going to add she weighed 16 lbs at a year still wearing 6-9 month clothing.  He will get there they just have a longer way to go than a full term baby.

Lynsi - posted on 02/20/2009

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Mine was 3 lbs 5 oz 6 weeks early.  She was behind until she was about a year and started doing everthing all at once.  Didnt sit up til 9 or 10 months rolling over and crawling all happened about 10 months too.  He will catch up as long as he does it no rush!  AS fdar as his weight that will catch up to, mine is 2 and still in the 20th percentile and has never been over that..she is just skinny!  HE look s happy and healthy you dont have anything to worry about.

Akilah - posted on 02/20/2009

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I agree with all the moms! My preemie was born at 26 weeks, weighing 1 lb 15 ounces.  He reached most of his milestones on time but needed physical therapy when he was about 8 months or so and received the services for about a month. He gained weight rapidly but he went through a period when he didnt want to eat much food, he continued to gain weight but would only drink milk.  Now he's 3 years old and I cant get him to sit on the potty! All that said, they are wonderful beings that God has blessed us with, dont worry about the 'milestones', you will know when something is terribly wrong! Its in your gut! Enjoy him growing and continue to shower him with love!

User - posted on 02/20/2009

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Dont worry about it - He will reach his milestones on his own time... My preemie *now almost 5 yo* was 8 1/2 weeks early, and we brought him home after 12 days in NICU, and he rolled over at 6 weeks old (when (adjusted) he wasnt even supposed to be born!). However, he didnt speak untill after he was 2 years old.

All kids go at their own pace - preemie or otherwise.... Just be patient, and if you are really really worried, talk to your doctor. Parents of Preemies should have great relationships with their doctors!!!!

Shannon - posted on 02/20/2009

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My 26 weeker who is now 2 years old, currently weighs 28 lb. She was always in the 25 percentile and eventually she did catch up. She weighed 1 lb 13 oz at birth. She receives early intervention services that has helped her reach her milestones. My 4 month old (2 months adjusted) currently weighs 11 lb 12 oz. She is gaining weight much quicker than her older sister, but they are all different.

Dede - posted on 02/19/2009

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My daughter was born @ 23 wks and weighed 1lb, 8 oz.  She is now 7 1/2 months old and only weighs 12 lb 8 oz.  My Dr said as long as she is gaining weight and not losing any, not to worry too much.  It is nerve wracking at times though, because she looks much younger than she is.  She's about the size that my oldest was at 3 months old.  Is he still eating & gaining at each dr appt?

Jacquelyn - posted on 02/19/2009

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Don't worry babies reach milestones at different times. my preemie is still behind. remember that your baby was early so go by the corrected date until he's about two.

Mika - posted on 02/19/2009

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He will be 5 months on the 26th. Hes in the 10% and he only weighs 11lbs. He was 3lbs 11 ozs when he was born.

Maribel - posted on 02/19/2009

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how old is your preemie?  i had twins at 34 weeks and they were very small at birth. my son caught up fast with weight but my daughter was always behind. the doc had a little concern because she was in 10th %tile but since then she has gained pretty well..as for milestones my doc reminded me that i should compare since there adjusted age is 4.5 months..but they are doing fine actually..AS of now, my daughter weighs 15lbs (5.5 months) and my son 17lbs (5.5 months)...

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