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Doctor insights on: Growth Above 95th Percentile

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How do growth chart percentiles work?

How do growth chart percentiles work?

Identify PATTERNS: Growth charts allow us to determine whether the trend or pattern of a child's growth is healthy. This is crucial, because individual measurements may be +/-, due to squirming babies or slightly different measuring techniques. While it's tempting to focus on individual measurements, this often creates undo anxiety. The big picture--over time--is usually what matters most. ...Read more

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Was at 99 percentile on the growth chart when little. How do I find out now?

Was at 99 percentile on the growth chart when little. How do I find out now?

Growth chart: Google national center of health statistics for a growth chart. You need just current height and weight. ...Read more

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Should I worry that my baby is not always at the same percentile on the growth chart?

Should I worry that my baby is not always at the same percentile on the growth chart?

No: Babies often switch curves on a growth chart, depending on their activity levels, the time of day the measurement is taken, and the genetic potential for growth they are given by her parents. As long as your baby continues to grow, the growth curves are just guides. ...Read more

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My baby weighs 9 lbs 6 oz at two weeks old what percentile is this on the growth chart?

My baby weighs 9 lbs 6 oz at two weeks old what percentile is this on the growth chart?

Full term?: If your baby was full term, this places him close to the 75% tile. What is important is his weight gain from birth. It takes more than 1 point on the curve to insure he is gaining weight. All the best. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 17 yrs old and my height and weight are 2nd percentile, does not it mean I have growth stunt?

Many factors: Male / female?
If have started menses in females?
Height and growth curve of parents...

Point is, these factors and others may contribute. Your pediatrician should be able to help and maybe an endocrinologist eval. ...Read more

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My baby is measuring in the 8th percentile at 15 weeks for growth. What are some complications? Could it mean, I will miscarry?

My baby is measuring in the 8th percentile at 15 weeks for growth. What are some complications? Could it mean, I will miscarry?

Follow up: 8th percentile is a little concerning, but you need to have follow up ultrasounds to watch feel growth. Now that you are out of the first trimester, your risk of miscarriage is extremely low. ...Read more

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My nephew is in the 2nd percentile for height at one year but always been short.42nd percentile for weight. Could he have a growth issue? Dwarfism?

My nephew is in the 2nd percentile for height at one year but always been short.42nd percentile for weight. Could he have a growth issue? Dwarfism?

Genetic Height?: The key here is his parents heights. Take the average of his parents height, and add 2 for a boy. Where does this fall? Is it at the low end? Another factor is both parents puberty patterns. Were they late bloomers? This can be another cause. Should be evaluated at his one year checkup! ...Read more

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My 4 year old is not on growth chart he was born 6 lb but 2 week later drop below 5 percentile and never recover. Should I be concern?

Growth chart is it!: To many factors to consider, but growth potential (parental height), nutrition and underlying illnesses (ie. Heart, metabolic, gastrointestinal, genetic, etc) may play a role. Talk with your doctor and ask to see the growth chart. In it is the key to being reassured or finding reason for further work up. ...Read more

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My 3yo daughter's weight is around 60th percentile and her height is 30th. Will this always be the case, or can she have a growth spurt and even out?

My 3yo daughter's weight is around 60th percentile and her height is 30th. Will this always be the case, or can she have a growth spurt and even out?

Height growth: Genes and environment (food and exercise) seem to play important role on height growth. Genes you can't control. Give her environmental stimulus and see the results. ...Read more

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I want to track my antenatal growth. Baby's 77mm tall at 13 wks, and 1lb at 20 wks. I want to make sure her percentile is ok. I've not gained lbs yet

I want to track my antenatal growth. Baby's 77mm tall at 13 wks, and 1lb at 20 wks. I want to make sure her percentile is ok. I've not gained lbs yet

FIRST: Check with your OB regarding diet and prenatal vitamins, second...Relax do not stress yourself out and the baby worrying about antenatal growth. Ask your OB and educate yourself; google antenatal growth. Eat well, relax, don't stress, walk, see your ob. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about my child's growth and what should I do? I am worried about my child's growth. When he was three, he was 39 inches (or about the 85th percentile). He is currently six and a half and only 45 inches (or below the 25th percentile).

Should I be worried about my child's growth and what should I do? I am worried about my child's growth. When he was three, he was 39 inches (or about the 85th percentile). He is currently six and a half and only 45 inches (or below the 25th percentile).

First: First of all, you need to be heard. If your doctor is not listening to your concerns then you need to bring to his/her attention. If that does not work find another doctor for your child. Your concerns are valid. A decrease in the growth cure from about 85th percentile to 25th is concerning. In light of this and the family history you should ask to be referred to an endocrinologist (hormone doctor) to evaluate your son. Also a nutritionist can be consulted to make sure your son's diet is appropriate. His history of asthma and allergies should not have caused such a significant drop in his growth curve.
Be an advocate for your son, demand the best care.
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What happens if baby drops from fetal growth percentile in 4 weeks but is still within the 10 and 90%? Is that a reason for concern?

What happens if baby drops from fetal growth percentile in 4 weeks but is still within the 10 and 90%? Is that a reason for concern?

No concern: The ultrasound measurements can vary from one test to the next. In the last month or two of pregnancy, ultrasound "guesses" about baby's size and weight can be off by quite a bit. It is not perfect technology. As long as the baby does not drop below the 10th percentile it should be fine. It sounds like you are being followed closely, which is good. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had my growth ultrasound at 29 weeks pregnant baby is measuring in the 13th percentile and is lbs 2 lbs 9 oz. They said she was fine. Is this ok?

Had my growth ultrasound at 29 weeks pregnant baby is measuring in the 13th percentile and is lbs 2 lbs 9 oz. They said she was fine. Is this ok?

13%: Since the fetal weight is 13% it is likely that your doctor will want to repeat the sonogram in 3-4 weeks to confirm adequate fetal growth. Less than 10% is considered be the cutoff for fetal growth restriction. Discuss the plan of care with the doctor treating your pregnancy ...Read more

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Almost 5 Yo DD is very short, fit & active. I am short but hubby and others in family have good height. She is < 3 percentile. Growth Hormone Therapy?

Almost 5 Yo DD is very short, fit & active. I am short but hubby and others in family have good height. She is < 3 percentile. Growth Hormone Therapy?

Hard to speculate: About 3% of the normal kids fall in that range of height and would not benefit from growth hormone.A first step would be to have an x-ray done of her wrist/hand. Growth centers in those bones can reveal a bone maturity. A reading suggesting 5 or later would suggest she is genetically short. A reading of 4, just a late bloomer, 3 or earlier would warrant blood studies of her hormones. Start with her doc ...Read more

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I am 15 weeks pregnant and my baby's growth is in the 8th percentile. The doctor says my baby is measuring a couple of days behind. Could this be why?

I am 15 weeks pregnant and my baby's growth is in the 8th percentile. The doctor says my baby is measuring a couple of days behind. Could this be why?

Depends: Sometimes, this early in the pregnancy, a baby could be at the 8th percentile because you or your husband are on the short side. Another reason could be doctor's comparing this ultrasound against a previous one and there's an error in dating. First trimester ultrasounds can be off by +/- 5 days or so. Which, as you might guess, can affect the accuracy. Ob/Gyn will tell you if need to be worried ...Read more