Is this good or bad???

Nahla - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi Moms, according to an online growth percentile calculator, my 4 months & 18 days old baby girl scored the following:

Length = between percentile 10 and 25

Weight = between percentile 25 and 50

Head Circumference = between percentile 5 and 10



Is this good or bad or normal? Please help!

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Nikole - posted on 01/18/2010

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NOTHING to worry about! My son has been in the 5th percentile in height and weight and 95 percentile in head circumference. He's 3 now and growing perfectly. I used to call him my bobblehead child! Kids grow at different rates! I wouldn't worry one bit!!!!
Those percentiles actually sound pretty good to be honest!

Renae - posted on 01/18/2010

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When using any percentile chart:

25th to 75th percentile is considered "normal range"
Below 25th is smaller than usual
Above 75th is bigger than usual
50th is the average taken from a study of about a thousand babies

I'm not sure which chart you used, double check by looking at the chart from the world health organisation, I have copied links below.

Weight for girls:
http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards...

Length for girls:
http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards...

Head circumference:
http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards...

Most babies stay on the same percentile on which they were born. If by checking on the above charts your baby is under the 25th percentile it is a good idea to check with your doctor that your baby is growing normally. Some people are just naturally small and that may be the case with your baby but no harm in checking.

Elissa - posted on 01/18/2010

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there isn't any easy answer to this as there are so many variations but here are some indicators:

1. online anything can be dodgy, get an approved one from your health visitor

2. most of the growth indicators are based on bottle fed babies, breastfed babies can look malnourished by contrast so if you're breastfeeding it will usually be lower.

3. if your family and your partners family tend to be smaller, baby will be smaller. From your name I would guess you are not caucasian so see if your health visitor can get you a growth chart that is appropriate to your racial group, again most growth charts are standardised for caucasian babies.

4. some people are just smaller than others. if baby is still low and you are worried speak to your health visitor or GP. Generally is baby is putting on weight and passing developmental milestones they are fine. Also around 4 months babies have a growth spurt and she might not have hit this just yet which would also lower her scores.

Try not to worry and speak to a professional. Good luck x

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Cassandra - posted on 01/18/2010

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it does not matter, as long as your child is growing good between visits, thos guidelins are ver y "cookie cutter" and i wouldnt pay attention to them all that much. every child is different, if you have problems with your child such as eating or diarrhea then yes i would ask your doctor about it but my son has always been below 25 % and he is a perfectly healthy child. ; )

Lindsay - posted on 01/18/2010

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Is her pediatrician concerned? This is something they look at within every appointment. And being that she's only 4 months, you go pretty regularly. That's who you should be talking to. We are not doctors nor do we know your child....

Renae - posted on 01/18/2010

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If a baby is 50th for weight and 50th for length then they are the perfect weight for their height. If for example they were 75th in weight but 40th in height then they would be a bit overweight for their height. Just like adults your ideal weight depends how tall you are.

Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2010

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i know nothing about head, but i know my oldest was always about 70% for height and 20% for weight and they never said anything. and my second is about 50% for height and about 25% for weight and normal as well. the charts are pretty worthless, they just tell you how your child compares to the "average". if she is 10% for height, then 90% of kids are taller than her. all that means is she is short. as long as they are ON the chart and follow the same growth pattern at a constnat rate, they are usually just perfect.

Nahla - posted on 01/18/2010

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I was concernced since when she born, those were her numbers:
Length = between percentile 50 and 75
Weight = between percentile 90 and 95
Head Circumference = in percentile 90

She was a healthy baby girl, let me also mention that i exclusively breastfeed her & i'm a caucasian weighing 108 pounds & 63.3 inches tall. the calculator i used is the babycenter.com tool. My baby is very active and alert and it seems like i agree with you moms about these charts being there to mostly worry us moms!! :-)

Terri - posted on 01/18/2010

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as long as bub falls in this scale it means she is normal. i had one on the high end of the scale 95th percentile which meant he was long for his age and my other one was only on the 10th percentile which meant she was shorter for her age. It can all change as they grow. Those percentile are perfectly healthy and about midrange for a baby. Hope this helps :)

Manon Alexe - posted on 01/18/2010

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My baby girl has always been under the average line. Can't be bothered. She's growing and picking up weight. What more can i ask for. I was once told i should try and get her to eat a bit more, till i told the doc how much she was eating already...plus look at your own size. I'm 1.56m (5f1i) and only weigh 50kg. So i don't know how i'm supposed to produce a big kid. In my opinion those charts should be tossed out the window, they just make us worry.

Jodi - posted on 01/18/2010

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What were her charts when she was born? When she was 2 months? And so on. Honestly, it is all about YOUR baby's growth along the charts, not anyone else's. So if your baby has been reasonably consistently in these percentile ranges, I wouldn't be at all concerned.



My daughter is 50th percentile for height but 3rd percentile for weight - has been most of her life (she is almost 5 now) and it doesn't bother me at all. Its just her build.

Jackie - posted on 01/18/2010

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You know growth charts shouldn't be shared with us moms. For a few reasons, the number one reason is we aren't doctors. We can't say if this is normal or bad because it depends on the curve your child has been on since birth. If your familiy doctor hasn't voiced a concern then I would assume your child is on the right curve and is just smaller then the average baby. This is coming from a mom who had two premmies, 4lbs 10 oz and 5 lbs 1 oz; whos babys were always in the lower precentiles and was never told anything worrysome by her doctors!

Kristine - posted on 01/18/2010

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Is it a significant change in your little girls growth?? If not I wouldnt worry about it..just as long as shes healthy :) My son is like 95 for height, 25 for weight, and above 97 for his head..and there has been no problems with him. Hope this helps a little bit

Jeannette - posted on 01/18/2010

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Those charts are jut a guideline. As a mom you know if something is wrong with your child...if you don't see a problem then don't worry about it! All children grow at different rates.

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