Top
10
Doctor insights on: Growth Below 5th Percentile

Share
1

1
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

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
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

See 3 more doctor answers
4

4
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

5

5
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

6

6
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

7

7
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

9

9
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