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Growth Below 5th 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure: The way babies are measured in their pcp's office can be a problem sometimes particularly if the "paper and pencil" method is used. Babies squirm and this method is highly inaccurate. An infantometer is the gold standard for measuring a baby's length. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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