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Is it ok that my 2 year old former preemie (2lb, 28 weeker) has not caught up on the growth charts yet? He is only 22lb & 30".Take to specialist?

Is it ok that my 2 year old former preemie (2lb, 28 weeker) has not caught up on the growth charts yet? He is only 22lb & 30".Take to specialist?

Preemie weight heig: It is not unusual for premies to lag behind in weight and height, he started at 2 lbs and he is not doing too bad, term babies weigh average 25 lg at 2.But discuss the growth chart and more imortant development as well. The baby should be in early intervention program as well. ...Read more

Dr. Rodolfo Saca
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Growth Chart (Definition)

A growth chart is used by pediatricians to follow a child's growth over time. Growth charts have been constructed by observing the growth of large numbers of normal children over time. The height, weight, and head circumference of a child can be compared to the expected parameters of children of the same age and sex to determine whether the ...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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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?

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

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Was at 99 percentile on the growth chart when little. How do I find out now?

Was at 99 percentile on the growth chart when little. How do I find out now?

Growth chart: Google national center of health statistics for a growth chart. You need just current height and weight. ...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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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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How do I read a growth chart?

How do I read a growth chart?

Follow trends: Growth charts are based on normal ranges and patterns of growth. Generally, kids follow a line in the height, weight, or head circumference charts, but there's a lot of variability and sometimes "crossing" of growth lines. One number by itself means far less than trends. Anything too high or low - above or below the group of lines - may or may not indicate a problem, but deserves a look. ...Read more

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How I can read a growth chart?

How I can read a growth chart?

Growth chart: Height plotted as a function of age as well as weight. The charts have lines indicating what"percentile" a child is in. 50%tile means half those his/her age is taller/heavier and half shorter/lighter. ...Read more

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Is a growth chart always correct?

Is a growth chart always correct?

Correct Measurement?: Exellent question! The problem isn't the growth chart, it is the quality of the measurement plotted onto the growth chart. When a point on a growth chart doesn't seem right, the measurement should be taken again. It is so easy to make measurement mistakes in length and height depending on how the measurement is taken and whether the child is moving around. Remember to take the shoes off! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: growth chart?

See below: A growth chart is used by pediatricians to follow a child's growth over time. Growth charts have been constructed by observing the growth of large numbers of normal children over time. The height, weight, and head circumference of a child can be compared to the expected parameters of children of the same age and sex to determine whether the child is growing appropriately. ...Read more

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My 2.5 yr old has not grown much in the past 6 mon. What kind of trend line on the growth chart should trigger a worry? What could be the cause?

Growth curve: Will be plotted every time you visit your pediatrician, the rate of growth slows alot after the second year compared to the first year of life which can seem concerning, ask your doc to show you his growth curve. ...Read more

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Does anyone know where to find a growth chart for children in the u.S.?

Does anyone know where to find a growth chart for children in the u.S.?

CDC: This website should be helpful: http://www. Cdc. Gov/growthcharts/clinical_charts. Htm. ...Read more

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I am 5'9". My husband is 5'10". Approximately how tall should our 16mo old boy be? At 26.5 inches he has fallen off the growth chart. Is this odd?

Odd measurements: If your 16 mo boy measures 26.5 inches I would have done a workup on him for failing to grow months ago. He should measure 32 inches or so with his parental genes. If he has been diagnosed with a major medical problem, syndrome or other issue, this might be expected, but not in an otherwise normal kid. ...Read more

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My 7 year old son is 4 foot 8 inches tall and weighs 119lbs where is he on the growth chart?

My 7 year old son is 4 foot 8 inches tall and weighs 119lbs where is he on the growth chart?

Greater than 99%: Your son is greater than the 99% for both height and weight for boys his age. This means that basically nobody (or very few) boys are larger than he is at his age. What's even more important is his body mass index (BMI). Here's a way for you to calculate that at the following link: https://nccd. Cdc. Gov/dnpabmi/calculator. Aspx.
99% tile "obese" ...Read more

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9.7 mnth old has a head circum. Of 44cm, 47.3% range on growth chart. Is this normal? She babbles, crawls, pulls self up. Not much change from 6mnth appt.

9.7 mnth old has a head circum. Of 44cm, 47.3% range on growth chart. Is this normal? She babbles, crawls, pulls self up. Not much change from 6mnth appt.

Missing information: Head circumference is normal, near average, but we need the velocity of its growth. Head growth slows normally after 6 mos., but should plot along or near the same growth curve it's always followed. Strings of babbling at 6 mos. Become non-specific " da-da, ma-ma" in 9th mo. Gross motor is good. Screens are on firstsigns. Org. Follow-up with pede. & MS Early Intervention Program if concerned. ...Read more

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What growth chart do you use for 12 month old breastfed babies? (cdc or who?)

What growth chart do you use for 12 month old breastfed babies? (cdc or who?)

AAP approved chart: I belong to a pediatric ipa/our chart is based on american academy of pediatric recommendations. ...Read more

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My son was born premature at 35 weeks weighing 4 lbs. Current wgt, 12lbs 13 oz. According to a premie growth chart, what should his height and wgt be?

My son was born premature at 35 weeks weighing 4 lbs. Current wgt, 12lbs 13 oz. According to a premie growth chart, what should his height and wgt be?

PREMATURITY: Even if your baby was born premie, he can catch up easily like the term babies. He already doubled his weight! Normally it is on age 6 months. ...Read more

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What is a preemie step-down unit?

What is a preemie step-down unit?

Less intervention: It means your baby is doing much better and requires less care. Maybe just needs to feed and grow. ...Read more

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How does that advice change with a preemie?

How does that advice change with a preemie?

Not a chat room: Questions you submit to HT are randomly presented to physicians who visit the site. They are never linked, and we cannot see what or if you asked another question. The wording of this question suggests you are asking a followup to another question. To get the most from the site, please provide all the information needed to answer your question every time. ...Read more

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Is staying at home require for a family if a preemie?

Is staying at home require for a family if a preemie?

Sometimes: Some preemies require much more care than full term infants and placing them in day care is a risk for infections they may not fight as well as full term babies. An example is RSV that can be devastating for a premature infant. You have to consider the amount of care your baby has required prior to coming home and any complications he or she might have had. ...Read more

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How long does a preemie stay in the icu?

How long does a preemie stay in the icu?

Depends: Depends how premature the baby is and what other complications arise.
Some infants, even if they are premature do not require ICU stays. ...Read more

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Can I ask my own preacher to come see my sick preemie?

Can I ask my own preacher to come see my sick preemie?

Yes: I would expect most to be happy to share this experience with you as you deal with the stresses involved. Most NICU's have visitor limitations but allow parents to designate a specific person to be an alternate. ...Read more

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Why do preemie's heartrates drop when they have reflux?

Why do preemie's heartrates drop when they have reflux?

See below: It is a neurological response where the vagus nerve (cranial nerve 10) is stimulated and the vagus nerve stimulates the lowering of the heart rate. ...Read more

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How much time can we spend with our preemie in the icu?

How much time can we spend with our preemie in the icu?

As much as you can.: Most nicu´s allow parents to stay with their babies as much as they can. Most have posted hours and require you to leave when shifts change or rounds are being made. ...Read more

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Should I insist on sitters taking cpr to care for my preemie?

Should I insist on sitters taking cpr to care for my preemie?

Good idea: That's a good idea. That way they can save the baby with infant CPR until ems arrives. It's a short course and a good idea for everyone to know - infant, child, and adult cpr. ...Read more

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I want to see the closest thing to a preemie. What are they like?

I want to see the closest thing to a preemie. What are they like?

Small Babies: Preemies are small babies. Their size depends on the gestational age. ...Read more

Dr. Cindy Juster
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Premature Baby (Definition)

Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more