9 month twins growth

Ciera - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So today we had my bg 9 month old twins' well baby visit. neither of them have grown much. my girl has gained 9 ounces since she was 6 months old. (She now, at 9 months, weighs 14 pounds, 13 ounces) and she has only grown 1/2 inch. my boy has gained 2 ounces (He now weighs 18 pounds, 14 ounces) and has not grown length-wise at all. their high-risk doc wants to see them in 1 month to monitor their growth but they are eating fine and how much they are supposed to be. should i be concerned?

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User - posted on 11/16/2009

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Are you breastfeeding or bottle feeding? There are formula's out there (Such as Similac's Neosure) with more calories then regular formulas for smaller babies. If you are breastfeeding, you could pump a feeding or two and add some powder formula to it to increase the calories. My pediatrician had me do that when my babies young to help them gain weight. There is lots of things you can do to increase calories. You could also add rice cereal to their milk.

Since your babies are 9 months old, ask your doctor if he would recommend starting them on Whole milk early. Once I started mine on it (at a year) they really started growing and gaining weight. You could also ask about Soy Milk if your Dr. says they aren't ready for Cows.



What did your doctor say to do until he sees you again?



Candice

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Jo - posted on 11/23/2009

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Since they are 9 months old, are they active, crawling, or scooting around? If so, then that could explain the lack of much weight gain. Every baby that I know, with the exception of my youngest grandson (he's our munchkin, healthy, but tiny, 18 lbs. at 1 year old), gains weight and looks chubby before they are able to move around, and once they begin to burn the energy they are carrying around, the chubbiness goes away. A baby may even lose weight during this time! So don't worry too much. When my oldest grandson was about 18 months old, the doctor said that he was under weight, and my daughter panicked, BIG TIME! But, within a month, he had gained weight, and grown, and was back on track. I am trying to say: Don't worry too much, but keep an eye out for strange, or sudden changes. Hope this helps!

Erika - posted on 11/20/2009

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Hi Destiny, my twins are 17months old (girl-girl) and they aren't quite 20 pounds yet. The Dr. doesn't seem concerned so therefore I am not. They are super healthy otherwise. I breastfed them until they a couple of months ago and the Dr thinks that could have contributed a little. Are they happy? Obviously I am not a medical professional, but I wouldn't worry too much. :)

Amber - posted on 11/18/2009

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My twins were always small (according to the growth chart) Mind didnt even weight 18 lbs yet at 9 months. They are now almost 3 and have almost completely caught up to the growth chart norm. If they're eating good i wouldn't worry. In my case my kids are just really active...therefore dont gain weight like some other kids...maybe this is the case with urs??

User - posted on 11/17/2009

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Hi Destiny.
I have seen that the babies get a growth spurt and it is important not to miss out on the nutritional needs at that time. The truth is that my twins did gain more weight when they were put on formula.
Also were your babies preemies? My babies were and they reached the average weight and height for their age (not their gestational age) only after they turned 1.5 years of age. I can understand as to how 'up the wall' we go monitoring their weight and height!
But they mostly make good on their ht/ wt parameters by the time they are 2 yrs of age.

My girl was always smaller than my boy, although she was the one who mostly ate better. My son was and is a pain when it comes to taking his feeds/ meals, but yet in spite of my fears that he'd be nutritionally deficient he recorded just fine on his growth rate...
It is important to see especially if they were of low birth wt and preemies as to how they have fared vis a vis from where they started from.
Babies eat very little (6 meals/ feeds a day) but do get them to drink milk too about 14 - 16 ounces a day at least.
After a clinical exam your ped will be able to tell you if their are any nutritional deficiencies (which I am sure will be ruled out, since they are eating fine).
Hope this helps.

Sumbul

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