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Weight For Length Percentile
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
Baby was born 4.18kg (9lbs). He is now 7 weeks old and in 99th percentile for both length and weight. Is this ok?
He seems in proportion.
Yes: Ww all come in different sizes. Someone has to be in the 99 percentile. More concerning is when babies suddenly shift to a different percentile after being in an area for a few checks. ...Read more
My 4 month old baby is in 65th percentile for length and 95th percentile for weight. Is he considered very fat? How can I help him? He's bottle fed.
Normal Percentiles: Your baby's reported percentiles are within the normal range. Caloric restriction is neither necessary nor advisable. At this age, your baby should be feeding on demand and allowed to feed until satisfied. As long as growth continues along normal percentiles, baby is showing normal development, and is seeing the doctor at the recommended well-baby visits, there is no cause for concern. ...Read more
Our grandchildren's pediatricians always say what "percentile" they are in weight, length, head circumference. How important is this info?
Screening test: Most adults get used to screening lab to "check out the system" as part of a visit.For kids, we have growth and physical development that provides us with the same kind of information.I can anticipate where on a growth chart a kid should be from the size of their parents. Then, as long as the kid stays within expected percentiles for growth and development, I have good evidence for good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
10 week old baby length and weight both 85th percentile. Head circumference 95th percentile. Does this mean he has a big head in proportion to body?
Not really: I don't consider that difference worth anything more than noting. Big babies are big all over and this falls within the normal variation of such measurements. If the kid was 50% weight/length and 95% head, I would just measure the parents head to see where baby inherited it from. There are other issues to consider with a big head, but not from the reported info. ...Read more
You decide: Ideal weight" charts are based on fallacies. If we believed them, then most triathletes would be "underweight" and most professional football players -- fantastic athletes -- would be "overweight." your ideal weight is whatever looks and feels right to you and enables you to perform your chosen sport(s) best. ...Read more
May not be easy but: The key to losing weight is not a temporary diet but permanent changes. Sugars ; simple carbs from grains esp. Cause weight gain. It's also wise to avoid fried foods. I like dr. Furhman's diet: http://bit.Ly/1dhw9ht dr. Weil has useful info: http://huff.To/19ygs8y- see his "discuss that" link in his article. Exercise is also important! it's also best to choose organic foods:http://bit.Ly/19xax7e. ...Read more
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