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Concerned about my toddler's growth percentiles

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous in Parenting' started by Lavanya30, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. Lavanya30

    Lavanya30 Silver IL'ite

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    Hi Ladies,

    Today I had taken my little fellow for his 2.5 years well baby check up. His growth percentile seems to be a concern to the doctor. He has not gained any weight from his last check up which has been 28lbs, well even with his height there seems to be a very little progress he is 35 inches now, which is again only 28%. He has always been on 50-60 % on his weight and always above 80% on his height. There seems to be a constant dip in this growth charts after he turned 2. The doctor has asked me to come and see her after 3 weeks, she has asked me to move a high calorie diet.

    He is a very happy and bubbly child. He is with me at home I have not started day care of play school yet, planning to do it in couple of months. He is a picky eater though, otherwise he is always bubbling with energy and exploring new things every day as, toddlers of his age do.

    Please help me with suggestions and also let me know if you have been through this phase and let me know whatever you had implemented to increase their growth percentiles.

    Thanks
     
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  2. butterflyice

    butterflyice Local Champion Staff Member Platinum IL'ite

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    @Lavanya30, my son went through this phase as a toddler. His weight didnt appear on the charts at all. My doc was not too concerned as he was otherwise an active toddler. I guess all their food intake goes to fuel all the increase in activity.

    Was there a phase when your son lost weight due to fever etc. That's something to consider.

    Switching to full fat organic milk (horizon is not organic), feeding nuts and dry fruits like figs, dates will increase weight over period of time.
     
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  3. Sivasakthigopi

    Sivasakthigopi Gold IL'ite

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    Hi

    My Son is also like your Son. I provide high calorie diet which consist of Protein and Vitamins. I also Provide Juice, Fruits, Nuts etc.,

    But he grows tall only, he don't get any weight Gain. We do regular checkups and treatment from a child Specialist only. When he say, "he play more and get energetic, When you offer nutritious food, it helps him to get stamina and Strength.

    If you offer food to him definitely made him to sit and play or made him sleep."

    But not weight gaining is really a worried thing. I follow the same. Now my kid got some growth in weight to compare every month.

    So made him sleep well or offer him toys which not reduce his calorie or his strength.

    All the best!
     
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    SGBV Finest Post Winner

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    Count me in... My son also went through the same phase when he was around 2-3. He has been always a picky eater though, but he became too active, and always engaged with some or the other activity like playing, running, jumping, dancing and what not. But he was good otherwise, he was an happy child living under the care of my mom (who lives with us, and so much bonded with the child) when I am out for work during day times. He lost weight, looked too skinny and his height was not something impressive though both of us (me and H) were a little taller and over weight than average.

    We were so worried, but not our pead. He was cool as long as the child eats, drinks on an average and stays active all the time. His other tests were also cool. His vocabulary, brain development and everything seems fine though.

    My worries never stopped, as his peers looked too huge, when he entered his play School at 3. I knew play school means, more play and more weight loss for him.

    Thank God, he slowly but steadily started gaining weight only after he turned 4, He is becoming taller, and fattier now. He looks too different from last year, that he can't even fit in to the last Christmas dress anymore. But the same guy was able to use the same shirt of his first Christmas till he turned 4.

    Now that, he is fully packed in the classes, studies at home, cartoon as TV time, so not much running.
    He eats more, though still a picky eater. Drinks Milk often than before.

    Above all, it is all connected to genetics as well.. My bro looked too skinny at birth, but gained weight only after 5. Now he is fat.
    My DH was too skinny till marriage, but now he is a well built man, and slightly turning as fat. So, I guessed my son's structure has come from these men in the family. So no worries.
     
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  5. guesshoo

    guesshoo IL Hall of Fame

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    My DD seemed to have a stall in growth when she was between 2y 3m and 2y 10m. She seemed the same height and weight and would easily fit into a tee shirt she wore when she was just 18m.

    Her general diet consisted of lots of nuts, milk, cheeses, butter, yoghurt, high protein stuff like quinoa, bulgur wheat. Also plenty of fruits and veg. We cut out junk (incl. sugar) for most part except an occassional icecream or a biscuit something like once a week. I also gave only 3 loaded complete meals 4.5 - 5 hours apart with no snacks in between.

    Next was sleep. 11.5 to 12 hours uninterrupted every night. Plus one 1.5 hour nap.

    behond that, we encouraged physical activity like hiking, gymnastics, swimming, etc. she has been having many growth spurts every couple of months since that we have to constantly replace her clothes every couple of months. Touchwood.

    I'm glad that the doctor is going to monitor him in three weeks. It is good that he is active. Encourage outdoor play. He would be fine.
     
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  6. Lavanya30

    Lavanya30 Silver IL'ite

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    @butterflyice

    The biggest concern is my son does not touch milk, so I have switched over to yoghurt, butter and cheese as a substitute. He is also on Vitamin D supplement as he has never been drinking milk.

    Sivasakthigopi
    Thanks for your inputs.

    @SGBV
    Thanks for sharing your experiences, that gives me a lot of relief. My LO is good enough in all other parameters, one year back he used to look big among st his age children, now suddenly he has slowed down.


    @guesshoo
    Thanks for your suggestion, now that spring has set in, I will start taking him out for physical activities. I was really worried when his doc mentioned that she was concerned about his growth percentiles. Sleep is one more concern, he has always been a very sensitive sleeper, and has never slept as per his age, it has always been 2-3hours less than the required hours. Let me see if I can work on that as well.
     
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