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Baby Growth Charts: What Influences Your Baby’s Growth?

How to Tell If Growth Could Be a Problem continued...

Similarly, a steady increase in weight, while the child's height increases at a much slower rate, indicates she may be putting too much extra meat on her bones. This can be a good thing or an early sign of a risk of obesity.

Tips:

Put the growth chart into context. No child's growth and development is always so smooth and perfect like the lines of the chart. Kids bounce up and down the growth charts, depending on appetite, feeding issues, illnesses, brief feeding strikes, etc.

Consider other signs of good health. Does your child appear otherwise happy and healthy? Is she making nice developmental progress? If the answers are yes, a problem is less likely.

When to Worry

If your child's growth rate slows down (weight, height, or head size) and she falls below two percentile lines, then you should explore the reason for the poor growth.

Dr. P's Pearl

Don't obsess about every up and down of your infant's growth chart. It's only potentially a problem when there is a persistent downward trend, usually lasting many months.

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