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Growth Above 95th Percentile
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
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?
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
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
Which is the percentile for a child of 3 boy that is 35lbs and 32in long I can't really read the growth charts?
Is height correct?:
35 pounds is 75% for a 3 year old male.
32 inches is. ...Read more
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
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 son is 6 month old his head circumfrence is 42 CM in the 10 th percentile should I be worried about his growth. But he meets milestones for hisage?
Milestones: As long as his motor skills are still present I wouldn't be concerned. ...Read more
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
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 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.
All the best. ...Read more
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
I saw on my 38 week growth ultrasound that the baby's bpd was in the 9th percentile, yet everything else was 30-50th percentile. Nobody mentioned it to me. Is this just normal variation? He's not breech.
Ask OB: You need to ask the ob. Sometimes there is a simple answer (measurment error). ...Read more
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?
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
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
I'm 35.5 weeks pregnant. Baby's weight or growth rate is in the 22 percentile last Fri. At what percentile below the threshold 20 percentile is an indication that the baby needs to be induced earlier?
You are fine: Many of us don't get concerned unless you are below the 5th percentile, some would say 10th ...Read more
Fetal growth on the 28th percentile considered normal? I'm 28w2d today. Do I need more calories? Doctor told me everything is good but I worry iugr
From 10 to 90: Percentile is normal.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm almost 35 weeks pregnant. And I had a ultrasound done at my high risk Dr appt today. The baby's growth rate is at the 22 percentile, weight is 4 lbs and 14 oz. If the % goes below 20%, will the baby still be healthy at delivery?
32+2 wks pregnant with twins, PE, on blood thinner & gestational diabetes, scan babies growth 10th percentile is it concerning? Planed c sec at 36 wks
High risk pregnancy: I hope everything goes well with you and your babies, please stay close to the hospital and keep a close follow-up with your doctors, you will all be fine, best wishes ...Read more
2 month old dropped from 87th-95th percentile for height to 15th. Has remained 50th percentile for weight, why such a drop in height?
Measurement error: Length in infants is a difficult measurement to replicate. Baby's length is dependent upon how tense/relaxed he is. Think how he pulls his legs up when he cries. If 1st length was while asleep and 2nd while awake and resisting, he'll appear shorter. Staff may fail to fully stretch legs, head may move from starting point. Discuss with dr, but unlikely to be a concern. ...Read more
To be in the 50th percentile with fetus crl measurements, what does this mean compared to being in the 95th or 5th percentile? (62mm @ 12wk+4days)
How accurate are the charts with crown rump fetus measurements? What does it mean being in the 5th, 50th and 95th percentile?
Very accurate: Those charts are compilations of hundreds of thousands of data points, and are generally fairly accurate. Those percentiles are for averaged norms at those levels. ...Read more
My 4 month old baby is in 65th percentile for length and 95th percentile for weight. Is he considered very fat? How can I help him? He's bottle fed.
Normal Percentiles: Your baby's reported percentiles are within the normal range. Caloric restriction is neither necessary nor advisable. At this age, your baby should be feeding on demand and allowed to feed until satisfied. As long as growth continues along normal percentiles, baby is showing normal development, and is seeing the doctor at the recommended well-baby visits, there is no cause for concern. ...Read more
Yes if.....: If your baby has always measured on this percentile, then remaining there with subsequent measurements is an indication of steady healthy growth. If your baby rapidly increased to the 95th after being on much lower percentiles, there may be cause for concern, especially if you have gestational diabetes. ...Read more
Common: Growing pains are relatively common. Typically, they are located in the muscles of the leg (although less commonly can be in the arm). They are usually felt on both sides, and appear late in the day or at night, waking the child, with pain varying from mild to very severe. Pain is absent by the morning, and there are no objective clinical signs of inflammation ...Read more
Children: You would have/should have known as a child whether your growth was stunted or not as we typically slow our growth in our mid teens and stop growth in early twenties. Stunted growth is defined as being in the 5th or less percentile of the World Health Orlganization's reference population in height for age. See:http://www. Cdc. Gov/growthcharts/data/set1clinical/cj41l022.pdf ...Read more