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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?

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

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What do you suggest if my childs head is measuring below the 10th percentile?

See Doctor Now: Your child's age is unknown. Head circumference is an indicator of normal brain growth in infants and is monitored from birth to 24 mos. A circumference < 10% must be evaluated with height & weight in order to determine overall small stature vs. an isolated anomaly of head growth. Developmental milestones must also be assessed. See your child's doctor now. Early intervention is very important. ...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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What does it mean if the circumference of my baby's head is above a certain percentile?

What does it mean if the circumference of my baby's head is above a certain percentile?

See below: As long as your baby's head stays at that percentage there is not problem. Some children have large heads, and some small. If the head circumference keep increasing then there may be a problem. The pediatrician is well aware of this and will keep an eye on it for you. ...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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22 month old boy is 30.5 inches tall & 35 lbs. which percentile sis he in for height & weight?

22 month old boy is 30.5 inches tall & 35 lbs. which percentile sis he in for height & weight?

See pediatrician...: With the numbers you gave, your son is about 97% for weight and 3rd% for height. I would advise that you discuss with his pediatrician to ensure that he is growing on target for his normal and to discuss a healthy toddler lifestyle (nutrition choices, drink consumption, screen time, and activity) ...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 in 75% percentile height and 25percentile weight.6 month old boy.17 lb at and 27.5 inch height.is it normal?

My baby is in 75% percentile height and 25percentile weight.6 month old boy.17 lb at and 27.5 inch height.is it normal?

Tough word - normal: Being thin and tall is perfectly fine if the child is growing along their growth curves normally. Make sure your pediatrician or FP doctor is measuring height and weight and plotting them on a growth curve. If the baby odd changing percentiles over time, you may need to intervene with nutritional or medical help. Check with your doctor on this ! ...Read more

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Do babies age to weight/length percentiles project to their potential adult size... Or is it only applicable to their babyhood?

Do babies age to weight/length percentiles project to their potential adult size... Or is it only applicable to their babyhood?

Growth: Potential adult height depends mostly on family height. One rough calculation: mid parental height (+) 1 inch for boy and (-) 1 inch for girls. Infants and young children temporarily loose weight with slowness of growth when they have minor illnesses, and catches up soon after recovery. The child who has been always overfeed and big has seen to be overweight as adults. ...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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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

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