S.H. asks from Long Beach, CA on March 07, 2009
Daughter Is in 3Rd Percentile for Weight
Does anyone have any experience with their children being in a very low percentile for weight? My daughter is in the 3rd percentile for weight. She is very petite, but continues to grow on a curve. She has not decreased weight and is growing and developing normally. She is doing most things that a baby her age should be doing. Should i be overly concerned about her being in the 3rd percentile? The pediatrician says she is doing fine and is not disappointed with her weight. I am just feeling unsure...
C.B. answers from San Francisco on March 08, 2009
My daughter was always off the bottom of the chart. She didn't even rank. The first time she was on the chart was on her three-year visit. She hit 5 percent for height and everyone cheered. Her weight was still off the bottom. She is now six and is doing perfectly fine. She is about average for height and still petite and skinny. All her pants are slims. She is healthy and happy. Everyone is different. If the doctors aren't concerned, don't be.
A.T. answers from Stockton on March 08, 2009
My son was in the low percentiles for weight and average or a little below for height until age 3. Now at 4 he is in the upper 80% range for weight and height. He ate like a pig and caught up with his peers.
Don't worry unless she stops growing.
C.V. answers from San Francisco on March 08, 2009
My daughter is the same way and she is three years old. The doctors can't even put her on a chart for her weight because of how petite she is. They say is healthy and growing beautifully and there is nothing to worry about. Just to be safe we tested her for everything that could cause her to be underweight but all were negative. So don't worry, it could just the way she is!
H.J. answers from San Francisco on March 08, 2009
Your ped's right. As long as she's staying on her own personal curve, she's fine. After all, if they're going to have percentiles, someone has to be in each one, whether it's the 3rd or the 50th or the 97th. The 50th percentile is just where most kids are. As long as she's growing as she should be, it doesn't matter if she's on the petite side.
T.N. answers from San Francisco on March 08, 2009
Please don't worry. As long as she continues to grow and is healthy. AT age 1 my son was in the 7th percenticle for height and weight for over a year, but he continued to grow on that curve. He is now 11 and is average compared to all the kids in his class. Some kids just will grow at different rates.
N.D. answers from San Francisco on March 08, 2009
What percentile is she for height? If a child is in the 3rd percentile for weight but is also not a tall child, there is really no need for concern. If the weight/height percentiles are very discoordinate, I'm sure the pediatrician (or you) would be looking into it with more relevance to her development and nutritional status. But (as another mom aptly noted) if you are not a large person and she is not either, you can relax about it. Good news!
W.A. answers from Salinas on March 08, 2009
All that means is that there are only 3 percent of kids who have been surveyed that weigh less than your daughter. It doesn't mean she's abnormal, just on the small side. Look, if she's developing normally, there's nothing to worry about. Don't be miserable until you have to be. Enjoy the fact that she's not overweight and at risk for diabetes. Let her enjoy her good genes.
G.M. answers from Sacramento on March 08, 2009
If she is healthy then I think she should be fine.
What's your race? I think race plays a roll in weight difference too.
I'm Asian and My hubby is white. My younger daughter is 30lbs and she is 3 and 1/2 years old. She has always been under 10 percentile.(My other kids are not as thin as her though).
J.D. answers from San Francisco on March 08, 2009
My daughter was always in the <5% for both height and weight. She's 3 yrs old now and is still 3% for height and 6% for weight. So she is small for her age, but she's the most active and intelligent kid there is. So active people compare her to little boys. And because she's so small people are a little shocked when she has intelligent conversations with them because they think she's younger than she really is.
If your doctor isn't concerned, I wouldn't worry.
M.F. answers from Stockton on March 08, 2009
Shouldn't feel unsure at all. My older son since he got rid of his "baby fat" has always been very slender. He kinda goes through growth spurts where he will sprout of really fast and then get very slender. He doesn't eat junk food, just good healthy food. He eats plenty too. Our pediatrician said he was slender but nothing to worry about as long as he is healthy and has a good appetite.
I am sure your daughter will be fine. I look at so many kids at our sons school and am thankful that mine is slender. It is really sad how obese a good many children are these days. As long as your ped says she is doing fine and she still is eating and staying active, I wouldn't worry.
My son is almost 11 now and is still very slender but healthy. We have heighth and slender people on both sides of our family so it is a good thing.
Just watch her and as long as she is happy, eating and growing the way she should, I am sure she is fine.
J.B. answers from San Francisco on March 08, 2009
My oldest daughter as a baby was up in the 70's. As she grew she went down on the scale for weight. She now has always been in the 5% range. She moves up at her own scale-always at the 5% range and her pediatrician was never worried. He told me one time-I am not worried about her, as long as she stays on her own curve she is fine. So as long as your daughter is staying on that curve she should be fine. My daughter is still that way. My husband growing up was always really thin too. So genetics I guess.