Little guy

Tina - posted on 12/23/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone,
My son has always been on the small side for his age, he is 31 inches and 22 pounds at 19 months old.. he is in the 25th percentile for height and 5th percentile for weight. He is perfectly healthy, meeting all his developmental milestones at or before he should.
My concern is that everyone always seem to like big, chunky babies and it bothers me when people say: oh, he's such a little guy!! He eats really well, he has just always been a skinny little guy... since day 1. I actually switched his doctor because they always were trying to find something wrong with him and kept sending him to have a bunch of tests done.
Does anyone out there have the same experience as me... its okay to have a skinny baby right???

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Tera - posted on 12/29/2008

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I have a 19 month old little boy who is only 20lbs as well and he is skinny for his age too i get that alot, the only thing is he had problems when he was much younger but now eats anythign and everything in sight. You can't let people get to ya i have learned that very fast some people are very quick to judge when they dont see a huge 19 month old weighin in at like 30lbs to me thats a bit much , but as i said some people and doctors have a high expectation on other peoples kids just bevasue there's were healthy and fat its ok to have a skinny baby as long as he is playing and eating there is nothing wrong with him. I hope this has helped you.

Renee - posted on 12/28/2008

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My daughter was born at 36 weeks and has always been in the 25th percentile. She is now 2 1/2 and is 33 1/2 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds. I also breastfed her. She has only gained 1 pound since she was 18 months old but she has no problem eating. Her pediatrician said she's just fine and he's never ran any tests on her. I'm 5'6 and my husband is 6'. I'm not concerned at all. She will probably hit a growth spurt later in life. I'm sure you have nothing to worry about. It's good you switched doctors.

Lindy - posted on 12/24/2008

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My son was about the same at his 15 month check up. Tall and skinny is okay. I always say "have you seen his dad?" my husband is 6'3" and very skinny. He's still on the charts so that a good thing. Kudos to you for switching doctors and letting your mommy instincts kick in. Watch his developmental milestones because they are what is going to tell you if he's thriving. If he's not getting enough to eat or gaining weight his other milestones should start to suffer. You're doing great!

Tanya Bauer - posted on 12/24/2008

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My little girl at 18 months was in the 25th percentile for her height and weight and 75 percentile for her head circumfrance so she totally still looks like a baby. I don't mind that she is small...she isn't able to climb up on the couch yet! I'm 5'7" and the hubby is 6. Fortunately the doctors haven't wanted to run any tests on her as she is still in the same percentiles as when she was born...Don't listen to people! They are just jealous b/ you have less baby to pick up!

Tina - posted on 12/24/2008

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I agree that I would want to know if there was something wrong with him... but I was more annoyed by the fact that doctors just want to lump everyone together into this ideal norm. However, with percentiles, somebody has to be at the top and someone has to be at the bottom, or everyone would just be in the middle! Doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them.

Danielle - posted on 12/23/2008

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I have this exact same situation with my daughter. She is will be 3 in Feb and weighs 23 lbs and is 34 inches. The doctors do run tests on her, but I am glad they do. I want to know if there is a reason why she isn't gaining any weight. She eats what I think is normal. However, she was a preemie and she does have asthma along with a few other health issues. Sometimes I wonder if she isn't gaining weight due to all the medication she is taking. I was very small as a child, but I do want my mind at ease before deciding it is genetics and will let the doctors do non-invasive tests on her.

Tina - posted on 12/23/2008

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Thanks guys! It's nice to have some re-assurance. Maybe part of why the doctors just figured there was something wrong with him is because my husband and I are not small people, my husband is 6'0 and I'm 5'9. Who knows. I gave up on his first doctor because the wrote "failure to thrive" on his chart. I almost came unglued. Just because he doesn't meet their perfect 50% they assume something is wrong with him!

Christine - posted on 12/23/2008

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My son is 3 years old and weighs 24 pounds. He has alwaoys been small since he was born. It is fine to have a small child.

Heather - posted on 12/23/2008

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It is absolutely ok!! I wouldn't worry in the least. Every child is so different, there is no reason why everyone should assume something is wrong with him!

Tara - posted on 12/23/2008

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Are you and his dad small as well? Everyone keeps saying our boys are small. My 4 year old is in the 20%, my 1 year old is 20 pounds and 29 inches. I'm 5' 2", and my husband is 5'10 and both in shape. It's amazing how people will compare children and make it a "put down" that our sons are small. (The older they get, the harder it is since they start to understand this.) So far, the best thing I can come up with is...well, at least we know he is ours since he looks like us and is built like us. We don't think there is anything wrong and we turned out okay. I would love to add that at least we aren't apart of the obesity problem, but alas, we can't say that. The previous statement at least makes them think, and a few people will realize how rude they were. It's rude to walk up to a mother and say you have a "skinny, tiny, small child (especially boy), just as it's rude to comment on how big they are. Just as long as the tests are turning out okay, then he is healthy. The doctors probably should have been more forward with you and given you more information. They tend to not tell you what they are thinking or looking for. (We just fired ours, for different but similar reasons). Good luck!

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