Underweight son?

Marguerite De - posted on 01/31/2013 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is 19 months old now but he weighs only 18 pounds. Is he underweight?

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Alexis - posted on 01/31/2013

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My son was just over 20 lbs when he was two years old and a nurse told me I needed to put him on a diet! Of course I did not do such a thing! He is very active and has a healthy appetite. Some docs like to live by the book, but we were not made to fit into molds. As long as he acts healthy- is responsive, energetic, sleeps well and does his bathroom business regularly, I'd say you probably shouldn't worry :)

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User - posted on 02/09/2013

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thats not right that that they wouldnt let you breast feed her! That is the best nurishment they can get! Also statistically speaking BF babies tend to be smaller than babies on formula. It really bothers me that dr/and nurses do go by those charts, it made me worried at first and made me think I was doing something wrong with my child since he was so underweight.My baby does have a hard time gaining weight, but I provide him healthy meals all day long and I always let him eat when he wants to, even offering things to him when hes not asking. It didnt take me long to realize it wasnt my fault and they shouldnt make you feel that way. I also found out that the chart my dr goes by is based upon babies in the same state as us, which really urks me because people in my are are more overweight in general.
I dont know alot at all about the laws, but when they accuse someone of not feeding their child wouldnt they need to check beforehand the blood levels to see if everything is normal and to see if the child is thriving to live? Cant you tell by just a look, I would imagine if a baby wasnt fed they would be more on the lethargic side and weak from malnurishment. I really hope the best for yalls situation, and that they wont accuse me either! I might have to keep a food diary as well because you never know

Danica - posted on 02/09/2013

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I am going through the same thing as you at the moment. I Know how stressfull this can be. Becareful and try not to get on the medical merry-go-round. I have been sent to the hospitial twice for no reason. My baby girls is now 9 months and is only 6.5kg which is 14.33 pounds. The Paed acused me of starving her. You can image how that felt when that got said. Keep a food Diary just in case everything goes pearshaped.

My daughter is a very bubbly/happy and healthy girl and meeting all mile stones, she eats a lot. However she is just small. Some DR/nurse just go by charts and not look at the child.

Oh yeah I got told i wasn't allowed to BF while at the hospitial and now I have to give her formular to fatten her up.

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My kids are super tiny. They have my genes. My son is 4 and only about 28 pounds. My daughter is 6 and only 36 pounds. They never stop eating it seems but they are also very active. Their doctor said they are perfectly healthy but are just not meant to be big. They have fast metabolisms like me. Not to worry, every child grows at their own pace!

Crystal - posted on 02/03/2013

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He will be fine. The only time to really worry is if his weight starts to decrease. All of my kids weights are on the low side; sometimes not even gaining barely a pound a year. As long as he is healthy, has a good appetite and not losing weight, he is okay. It is hard for some babies to gain weight once they become active. The more active they are the less likely they are to gain extra weight because it is all being burned off. My youngest is 6 now and she only weighs 36-38 pounds. It took her two years just to gain those extra pounds from 30, but she is very strong and healthy. It is important to remember not to compare your kid to others because each is different and unique, and each grows and developes at their own rate.

Tiana - posted on 02/03/2013

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i wouldnt worry to much about it if he has been going to the doctor and they havent said anything about it then im sure he is okay :) a lot of thing determain weight one of them being height my son is now 7 and just reached 50 pounds lol but he is super tall and a very picky eater. but the doctor said he was doing good for his age and height so i mean ask your doctor but if you have a pretty healty baby i wouldnt worry afterall a babys stomach is only the size of their fist hope this was helpful......

Jessica - posted on 02/03/2013

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My son is just over 5 months old and is about 17 1/2 pounds. He is a heavy guy! My daughter is almost 7 years and weighs about 62 pounds. I guess I have big kids. But all kids are different... as long as the doctor isn't too worried and you aren't worried then all should be good!

Cara - posted on 02/03/2013

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MMy four month old son is 18 pounds and my three and a half year old daughter is 30 pounds. So I have one under weight girl and one big boy. But my son is 26 and a half inches long which puts him in the 95 % for heightand 91% for weight. Every child is different

Whitney - posted on 02/03/2013

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My daughter is 2 1/2. She weighs 31 1/2 lbs. She's also very tall at 37 ins. My nephew is 6 and only weighs 10 lbs more than her. He's built like his father. My daughter is built the way I was as a baby. It depends on the parents. Ger doctors told me to cut back but she eats the same amount as every other child. I don't think its fair to over feed or deny a child food because of what a chart says. You wont know their real build this young.

User - posted on 02/02/2013

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My son is 23 mo and weighs 23 pds. At that age he weighed 21 pds. My doctor says mine is underweight. He is not a picky eater, he is a light eater, The dr recommened him to drink pediasure, because he wasnt gaining weight. From 12 mo to 15 mo checkup he lost weight (he was about 20 pds at 15 mo) since then he has drank it and has gained, I think, a healthy amount of weight, but they still say hes underweight in the 20th percentile, he was in the 1st percentile so by the chart its better than it was.
I do also agree with the others. And every baby is different some kids are small, some are bigger, some are average. And even if he his underweight, as long as he is eating healthy, active, has good overall development there shouldnt be a concern.
And its really funny because both me and my hubby are tall and heavy, but I would have never thought I'd have a skinny little baby.We both have alot of hair and it took over a yr for our son to grow his in. We just say it takes a while to grow a glorious mane .lol ya never know!

Melanie - posted on 02/01/2013

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I agree, my son is 11 months old and weighs 22lbs. He is not chubby at all. Very slim and tall. My daughter is 2 and she weighs 35lbs. I know she is a little bigger for her age but no fat at all on her. It all depends on the genes. As long as they eat normally like any kid would and are active then they are fine.

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