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What if my child's weight percentile is higher than her height percentile?

What if my child's weight percentile is higher than her height percentile?

See below: As long as your child is staying on track, that is not crossing the percentile lines on the growth chart, the fact that one is higher than the other is not important. ...Read more

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Should a child's height percentile always be higher than weight percentile?

Should a child's height percentile always be higher than weight percentile?

No: There is also a weight for height graph that can tell if the child weighs more than he should for his height. But a child could be -for example-25% height and 50% weight and still fall within normal guidelines. Kids tend to change rapidly mad may get heavier just before a growth spurt, . If the doctor says your child is overweight please take it seriously. Work on exercise ; eating habits. ...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. All the best. ...Read more

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Could my child have craniosynostosis if her head shape is normal but in the 10th percentile for circumference and a tiny soft spot?

Could my child have craniosynostosis if her head shape is normal but in the 10th percentile  for circumference and a tiny soft spot?

Craniosynostosis: If the head shape is normal then it is unlikely craniosynostosis - if the development is normal then the small soft spot is likely not an issue. ...Read more

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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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Why are so many babies near 90th percentile?

Why are so many babies near 90th percentile?

They aren't: It depends what 90th percentile you are talking about. If it is weight, it might be because the norms are based on data from years ago when there was not as much obesity as there is now. By definition 90 percentile means that only 10% of kids are bigger, taller than the 90th percentile. ...Read more

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My daughters head is measuring below the 10th percentile. Is that healthy?

Depends: Head size is determined by genetics as well as other factors. If it has always been below the 10th percentile, is growing parallel to that line, she is developing normally and there are no other concerns then it may be genetic. If it started out higher and has been getting progressively lower on the percentile chart then she needs an evaluation. ...Read more