Should I be worried about my daughter's size??

Sarah - posted on 04/12/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone. My daughter is 31 months. She is currently 23 lbs and 34" tall. The doctor is ordering some blood work to be done because she has dropped on the growth chart from the 25th percentile to the 2nd on her weight. She has never been big, always petite, but I was even alarmed when she only weighed in at 23 lbs at her last appointment. She is a very active child and has an amazing appetite. She eats 3 full meals a day plus at least 3 snacks. She eats any veggies or fruit that I give her and her favorite snack is yogurt so I do not feel that this is a diet related issue. Could she just be petite? Is there any other signs I should be looking for? Are there any other tests I should ask to be ran on her? Thanks in advance for any advice :)

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Amy - posted on 04/19/2013

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My son had always run around the 10th percentile but fell off the bottom of the growth chart around the time he turned 1 when I weaned him. He had the blood, urine, and sweat tests and we took him to a GI specialist. Everything came back normal. He is 6 now and has continued to hover just off the bottom of the chart for weight (32 pounds) and at the bottom for height (43 inches), but is otherwise an active, healthy, normal kid. His favorite snacks/food are fresh vegetables. The thing we did that seemed to move him closer to the growth chart was add in pediasure to add calories since his favorite foods are low in calories. My sister didn't catch the growth chart until about 7th grade, and my husband didn't break 100 pounds until high school, so we think he'll catch up when his body is ready to. My advice would be to do the tests to be sure there isn't a problem, but otherwise just do your best and don't worry too much :)

Julia Jasmine - posted on 04/18/2013

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It's completely possible. My husband and I were pretty small for our age when we were kids. My daughter (3) is a healthy eater (full meals and snacks) but she's also very active. She plays outside everyday and every other day she bikes around the neighborhood with her friends. If you can, try to ask for a second opinion. Some kids do start out small due to genetics but that doesn't mean they're not healthy.

Carla - posted on 04/17/2013

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i have a four yr old girl. She weighs is very small ans petite. She gains weight slow but at least a little. Her height hasnt changed in a long while.I get asked all the time if she is 2. We had a bone scan done of her hands and it says she is delayed by two yrs. Have taken her to an Endocronologist and a Gi doctor to rule out and issues ans she is fine. They found nothing. Taking her to a gentics doctor soon to rule out anything gentic. So far thank goodness she seems fine. It seems like she will just grow slow. Her growth plates are still open to allow for growth. If there is still an issue when she reaches 7 or so they will give growth hormones for growth. She is a little bit of a picky eater and she gets a vitamin and green drinks and superfood vitamins to help her. Just go with your gut you are the mother. Maybe will just be a slower grower.

Patty - posted on 04/16/2013

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My daughter has a genetic mutation called Cornelia de Lange Syndrome that predetermines that she will be small and petite. She is 6 years old and weighs 32 lbs and is 42" tall. If she grows to be 4'9" that will be the tallest she will get. CDLS is a gene mutation that has many factors my daughter is on the higher level so her small stature and learning and speech delays are the main issues exept she has a form of Autism that is called pdd/nos. All genetic disorders are not missing genes like downs syndrome some are just mutations like my Abys'.

I'm sure that the doctors are just covering all the bases and making sure that there is nothing else that could be wrong. I hope it all goes well Sarah.

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Sarah - posted on 04/22/2013

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The doctor has decided to track her weight and height over the next two months to see if there is any growth or weight gain. Once we track that he is going to do the blood work and decide if any further testing needs to be done. Thanks for the input, I do appreciate it all!

Julia Jasmine - posted on 04/18/2013

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It's completely possible. My husband and I were pretty small for our age when we were kids. My daughter (3) is a healthy eater (full meals and snacks) but she's also very active. She plays outside everyday and every other day she bikes around the neighborhood with her friends. If you can, try to ask for a second opinion. Some kids do start out small due to genetics but that doesn't mean they're not healthy.

Carla - posted on 04/17/2013

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i have a four yr old girl. She weighs is very small ans petite. She gains weight slow but at least a little. Her height hasnt changed in a long while.I get asked all the time if she is 2. We had a bone scan done of her hands and it says she is delayed by two yrs. Have taken her to an Endocronologist and a Gi doctor to rule out and issues ans she is fine. They found nothing. Taking her to a gentics doctor soon to rule out anything gentic. So far thank goodness she seems fine. It seems like she will just grow slow. Her growth plates are still open to allow for growth. If there is still an issue when she reaches 7 or so they will give growth hormones for growth. She is a little bit of a picky eater and she gets a vitamin and green drinks and superfood vitamins to help her. Just go with your gut you are the mother. Maybe will just be a slower grower.

Patty - posted on 04/16/2013

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My daughter has a genetic mutation called Cornelia de Lange Syndrome that predetermines that she will be small and petite. She is 6 years old and weighs 32 lbs and is 42" tall. If she grows to be 4'9" that will be the tallest she will get. CDLS is a gene mutation that has many factors my daughter is on the higher level so her small stature and learning and speech delays are the main issues exept she has a form of Autism that is called pdd/nos. All genetic disorders are not missing genes like downs syndrome some are just mutations like my Abys'.

I'm sure that the doctors are just covering all the bases and making sure that there is nothing else that could be wrong. I hope it all goes well Sarah.

Sarah - posted on 04/13/2013

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She is currently 34 inches, she is dropping on that too but she isnt as low, I believe she is in 10th percentile where she was in the 30th, then 25th now around 10th. Thanks Amy for the input! I appreciate it :)

Amy - posted on 04/13/2013

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You talk about weight but where does she land for height? Has she dropped on that curve too or is she staying steady? I don't know what tests they can run I've had concerns about my sons weight for a couple of years because he's also down to 2-3% but his height is always around 30% and never signifigantly dropped so they've never run any tests on him. My son gets a multivitamin and eats pretty healthy, so I wouldn't stress too much but if you're concerned definitely talk to your doctor. My son is 7 and 43 l s btw, he has a 3 yr old sister who's 30 lbs

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