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Growth problems

Our LO turned 9 months on the 17th. He was born at 35 weeks 4lbs 14oz.. His check up is next week and I am concerned about his ht and wt. At home on our scale with clothes and diaper he is 16lbs. At his 6 month check up he was 15lbs 3oz. He looks healthy and is a happy baby, but comparatively he is a lot smaller than 9 month old babies. I have bought my concern up with his MD in the past and she continues to assure me that as long as he stays on the same curve and doesn't fall beneath it drastically he is ok and he just a little guy. He has been in 5th percentile for true age and 10th percentile adjusted age. On a normal day he eats a stage 3 jar of gerber fruit mixed with cereal, an 8 oz( though doesnt always finish it) around 9:30 a yogurt for lunch, another bottle and snack (puffs) mid afternoon, dinner stage 2 or stage 3 chicken and veg and then another 8 oz bottle before bed. I called around to some pediatricians office today and they dont take patients for second opinions, we'd have to transfer all of his records etc. I guess what I'm wondering is if I'm over reacting or by this information should I be concerned. FYI preemie friend born 10 weeks early and 2 months younger weighs 18lbs, and 7.5 month old friends daughter weighs 20lbs.

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Re: Growth problems

  • My DD was also 4lbs 14 oz at 35 weeks and now shy of 6 months actual, she is just hitting 10lbs. As long as he is staying on "his" growth curve, you  have nothing to worry about. 35 weekers tend to have more feeding problems, but your son is doing great - don't compare to other babies (as hard as that is and this is coming from someone who cries daily when hearing about babies younger and bigger than my own).

  • I'd try not to worry if your dr. isn't too worried.  My DS was born at 35w0d and was 4 lbs, 10.5 oz at birth.  He had problems gaining weight in the beginning and still is a bit.  At his 4 month well visit yesterday, he weighed 10 lbs, 10.2 oz. Pedi said she had hoped he would have gained more weight but she's not alarmed at this point.  But they think he's got a milk protein allergy.  So I'm supposed to cut out all dairy. 

    It's hard not to compare your LO to others but try not to!  I keep hearing that by the time they're 2 years old or so, they catch up.  I'm hopeful that this is the case.  GL!

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  • lilmejolilmejo
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    Reading both of your posts made me feel better, thougth I know you're probbaly struggling with the same feelings I am, it's nice to know that there are other babies born the same time as him who weigh close to the same. I'm going to go to his 9 month appt and see how it goes and then go from there. Thanks!
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