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07/04/2013 at 22:55
I had H weighed on Friday and he has dropped from just about the 75th centile to just above the 50th centile in terms of weight. He was 8lb 14 at birth and is now 12lb 6 at 9 weeks.
the doctor said they'd only worry if he dropped 2 centiles bit when I look at his chart I think he should be nearly a pound heavier. He had done a huge poo before weighing and dr said it may have affected things but I can't see it would have made so much difference.
he is exclusively breasted on demand but can go up to 7 hours in the day without feeding if he's having a long sleep. He does cluster feed in an evenkng though.
should I be worried about his weight gain and what can I do to help. He comes off the boob once he's full and cries when hungry so I can't force him to eat more.
07/04/2013 at 23:01
G was on the 75th at birth then dropped to the 50th quite quickly and has remained there ever since. I think as the doc says if there is a continued drop they would be concerned but if he maintains growth at the 50th centile that's fine. Has he recently had a cold or anything? That can cause a temporary drop. Try not to worry x
07/04/2013 at 23:02
I was always told they would only worry if they dropped 2 centile below birth weight. If I were you I'd take him back next week and see how he is doing then, it sometimes takes them a while to find the line they are comfortable on. J's weight has fluctuated between the 50th and 91st centile and no one has ever been concerned
08/04/2013 at 12:14
Sounds like I'm worrying for nothing. Ill take him to be weighed every couple of weeks for a whole I think and see how he goes.
08/04/2013 at 12:20
I wouldn't worry, timings of poos and feeds can make a big difference at that age, as can the scales (as they are rarely calibrated correctly so can vary up to half a pound or so).
Both of mine were born around 50th centile, then dropped to around 9th (and shot up to over 75th when weaned!)
08/04/2013 at 12:22
Also remember that weight gain isn't linear - some weeks babies gain less and other weeks they may gain loads. Definitely worth watching how his line goes for the next month or so as things may well even out over time.
08/04/2013 at 12:40
C started at 91st centile when he was born, and by the time he was 5.5 months was midway between the 25th and 50th centiles - the line they are born on isn't always the one they're going to stay on, C did go back up to 50th after we started weaning, and that's where he's stayed at pretty much since (he's 4 this month!!)
None of the HVs were particularly concerned with him dropping down the centiles, as long as he had plenty of wees and poos, was gaining weight, and feeding normally (he'd generally feed about an hour at a time, with 3 hour break in between, and slept through 6 hours+ from 11 weeks) I was more worried than they were, thought they might try to convince me to give him formula or wean early, but they didn't.
08/04/2013 at 13:24
I wouldn't worry. Like you say, he comes off when he's full and cries when he's hungry. If he's happy and content in between and producing nappies then I'd not worry. E was born on the 89th, dropped every weigh in until she was 5 months (she went down to the 16th). It started to creep up again when we started weaning and she now tracks around the 30th :)
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