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What Does It Mean For A Baby To Cross Percentile Lines
Not much: Percentiles compare us to others at the same age. If we are in the 80th height percentile, then we are taller than 80 out of 100 kids the same age. We grow at different levels sometimes though, and we can be 80th percentile one month and then 30th percentile 3 months later. As long as kids have a progressive gain, they are probably fine. Acute changes should be addressed by your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
High percentile: for what specific characteristic? High percentile generally means that, compared to other babies of the same age, the baby is probably in the top 25% or so for the measured characteristic. For example, if it was weight, it would mean that the baby weighs more than 75% of all babies the same age. ...Read more
No: Percentiles simply measurements based on a point in time - the trends are what's important. If height and weight are at the top of the chart - perhaps your family is tall? There are many explanations. However, if weight is much higher than height relatively, your doctor may raise concerns. Follow the trends - and focus on healthy eating, not necessarily the weight percentile. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My baby went from the 38th percentile at my 28 weeks ultrasound to the 36th percentile at my last ultrasound. I have cpp as well. What does this mean?
It means...: ...Your baby is growing. Then difference between the 38th and 36th percentile is is no difference at all. ...Read more
What does it mean if a baby's head circumference percentile drops from 90 to 75 at 5.5 months? Does it indicate intelligence levels?
Head size: My first thought is technique and is a measuring error. That's the most likely. I would get it measured again and monitor it over the next few weeks to see if it is real or to watch the trend. Premature closure of the soft spot is a possibility which is fixable. Lower IQ would be unlikely. Talk to your doctor and let him know your concern and work together. ...Read more
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
Relative study: His rating means that 10% of infants at this age have a larger head circumference (size) while 90% are smaller.If the size has increased from 25-50-75-90% over several months it would suggest growth was too rapid.If usually in that range, it just means the kid has a big head.It hasn't bothered me any, except for having trouble finding a helmet/hat that would fit.. ...Read more
Just curious because it crossed my mind i'm pregnant with a baby boy. Does that mean I have testosterone in my body?
All : All men and women have testosterone and Estrogens in their bodies - pregnant or not. The hormones are just present at different ratio levels depending on gender. Men have more testosterone than estrogen and women have more estrogen than testosterone. Since you are pregnant with a baby boy, you do have slightly higher levels of testosterone than you would by not being pregnant, but pregnancy also causes much higher levels of estrogen, too, so you won't be growing a beard any time soon. The ratio is generally more important than the absolute level. I hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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