February 26, 2008,
C.H. asks from Lewisville, TX on February 21, 2008
Is My Baby Too Small?
I just saw a new doctor today and he's all worried aboutmy daughter's weight. We had another Dr in the past get all crazy about how small she is. She's 13 months and is 16 pounds 14 ounces. She's always been small, and she's below the 5%. She eats fine and is happy. I'm really not that worried, but these doctors seem to act like we are starving her or something!
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D.W. answers from Dallas on February 21, 2008
My daughter started out in the 4th percentile and has always been tiny. In fact, she did not regain her birth weight in 2 weeks (it took her 3 weeks).
At 18 months, she was 19 lbs. I was more worried than the doctor. He charted her weight and as long as it was increasing, he was okay. If the weight dropped, there had to be an explanation (for example, teething or cold). But then it had to go back up afterwards. Now at 2 years, she's in the 14th percentile. She's still tiny. But she's gaining.
R.G. answers from Dallas on February 24, 2008
Don't let the doctors bother you about the weight. I have a 25lb 3yr old. My doctor told me that she is fine as long as she is happy (like yours) and eating well (again like yours). He told me as long as she doesn't look sick then he is not worried about it.
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S.J. answers from Dallas on February 22, 2008
Don't worry about it. As long as you know she's happy thats all that counts. My youngest daughter was 17 pounds at her 12 month checkup and today she is almost 8 and weighs 44 pounds. She's tiny. Some kids are just small. My oldest daughter was 19 pounds at her 12 month check up and stayed small until she was 7 then she started gaining weight and is now average for her age. I have a son that has always been a bigger boy and he just went for his 2 year check up and weighed 28 pounds. They eat and are well taken care of so thats all that counts.
T.T. answers from Dallas on February 21, 2008
I am on the opposite end of this. My 20 month old has been way above the 95% on height and weight. She is now 34 1/2" tall and 32 lbs. She wears 3T's in clothing, size 7-8 shoe! She is the size of the ave 3 year old.
At 9 months she grew out of her carseat and we had to move to the booster seat (in the car backwards of course). She met the height and weight requirements to turn her face forward but she just wasnt a year yet.
At 12 months she was wearing 2T - 3T's!
I get a lot of grief with people telling me that she is over weight or comments like "Boy, i bet she never misses a meal". In all honesty she doenst eat breakfast or morning snack. She eats a big lunch, afternoon snack and a big dinner. She drinks 4 oz of juice and 30 oz of milk a day. She eats a balanced meal and no sweets at all not even icing on her birthday cake.
Every child is different! Each child grows at their own rate...the scale they use is for the ave child. Some children are not "Average" some are bigger and some are smaller. As long as you are feeding her the daily requirements i wouldnt worry about it.
My daughter just had a spike in weight but she also just went through a growth spirt and her Ped wants me to reduce the amount of food she gets but i havent changed a thing. i am sure you feel like you always have to give a menu to people about what you are feeding her because they dont feel you feed her enough as with mine they felt we feed her too much.
if this makes you feel better...i watch a 16 month old little girl and she weighs 20 lbs not but three months ago her feet were the size of my daughter when she was born. She had no bottom so much so she had a concave area she was that skinny. She was just like your daughter but she now has a tush :-)
Dont worry about it she will most likely always be thin...it is just who she is.
S.L. answers from Dallas on February 22, 2008
my 10 yr old is a skinny guy who is just now starting to grow a bit. my 4 year old looks small for his age too. i have a friend who's daughter at age 5 wears toddler clothes. her son on the other hand is an average weight. yet another friend has 3 girls. all of them have the same issue that you are descibing. guess what, they eat healthier than most adults do. all kids are different. don't let it stress you out!
T.D. answers from Dallas on February 21, 2008
I really wouldn't worry too much if she's eating fine, pooping fine, and playing fine. However, I would ask the doctors to be more specific about their concerns. If it's only that she is too small, ask them why that would be a problem. Maybe they know something you don't, but for some reason haven't told you.
G.W. answers from Auburn on February 21, 2008
I have twin boys who are 32 months old - one is in the 90th percentile and the other in the 5th percentile. Born together but two very different little guys. My pedi has been perfectly fine with the smaller one's size - as long as he has continued to show a little movement up the chart. I wouldn't stress about it, some kids are just small.
C.J. answers from Dallas on February 21, 2008
My daughter has alway been very skinny she was 20 pounds at her year check up, but she is very tall for age she never it on the charts with height. I think that if your daughter is small (not sure how tall she was) then she is fine. You know your daughter better than anyone and not every child fits on silly chart.
M.B. answers from Dallas on February 21, 2008
There are many factors that influence the size, including whether the baby was early, parent's sizes and especially whether the baby was breastfed or bottle fed. The charts are based on bottle feeding and bottlefed babies typically gain more early on. She is very, very tiny (my second son weighed that much at 2 months, but he was a large baby). If she's always been at that percentile and gaining consistently, I would not worry. My first son was an early baby (in ICU) and was breastfed and the doctor was ALWAYS worried about his weight because he was at like the 10% on weight for a very long time. At his two year checkup, the doctor said he was just going to be petite (I'm petite), however by the time he was fourteen, he was over 6 feet tall. So, if she is healthy otherwise, I would not worry. However, you might ask them the next time if they're so worried why they don't screen her for celiac disease (it can cause malabsorption of nutrients)? They are finding more and more that you don't have to have overt GI symptoms.