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Should I worry that my baby is not always at the same percentile on the growth chart?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not sure

The way babies are measured in their pcp's office can be a problem sometimes particularly if the "paper and pencil" method is used.
Babies squirm and this method is highly inaccurate. An infantometer is the gold standard for measuring a baby's length.

In brief: Not sure

The way babies are measured in their pcp's office can be a problem sometimes particularly if the "paper and pencil" method is used.
Babies squirm and this method is highly inaccurate. An infantometer is the gold standard for measuring a baby's length.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Keep a watch

Babies can shift percentiles over first 2 years of life but needs to monitored by your pcp.

In brief: Keep a watch

Babies can shift percentiles over first 2 years of life but needs to monitored by your pcp.
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
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Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics

In brief: Maybe

Certainly babies and kids will alter growth percentiles at times throughout growth.
For instance, when a child goes from sitting to crawling and walking, their weight percentile can dip due to a huge increase in activity without eating much more. However, large changes in any growth parameter can be an issue. Talk it over with your doc and look at the curves with them to make sure things are ok.

In brief: Maybe

Certainly babies and kids will alter growth percentiles at times throughout growth.
For instance, when a child goes from sitting to crawling and walking, their weight percentile can dip due to a huge increase in activity without eating much more. However, large changes in any growth parameter can be an issue. Talk it over with your doc and look at the curves with them to make sure things are ok.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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