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January 19th, 2008, 07:12 AM
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I was induced at 37 weeks with my Son, Evan. He was 5 lbs, 6 oz. I had pre-eclampsia and they decided he wasn't "growing" anymore so to induce me. He is 25 months old and is between 23-25 pounds now. Is this good? He has followed his growth chart at the 3-5% mark ever since he was born. He is skinny though! He eats...very well, there is hardly anything he won't eat. Any tips/tricks on getting him to "bulk" up a bit? I guess I am asking this because we now have a 6 month old daughter and she just seems so much bigger than he was at this age. I know all children are different but, it just makes me wonder...

Also, the Pediatrician we go to, we see a different doc everytime it seems, we'll we did. Until I started being firm in requesting the dr. I really wanted and she has not mentioned anything about his weight and is happy with it. When we saw different dr's everytime they'd comment on "can you always see his ribs like this?" and send him off for blood work and of course it always came back fine...

I know from the medical professionals that he is fine, but I'd like to see him put on alittle weight..
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January 19th, 2008, 11:28 AM
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If he's following a growth curve then he's doing fine. someone has to make up the bottom of the charts, you know? It's when they start to fall off their curve that you should begin to get concerned.
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If he's following a growth curve then he's doing fine. someone has to make up the bottom of the charts, you know? It's when they start to fall off their curve that you should begin to get concerned.[/b]
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I agree that if he has consistently grown according to the curve that he would not be FTT. Everyone is a different size, and some are just small. My daughter was born small and is expected to be small, but the reason for the alarm with her weight was that around 12 months, her weight gain began to stall out, and her growth curve started becoming more and more of a flat line with each visit which coincided with her rebellion against all food. Our goal is to get her back up to the 3rd percentile (where she was born at full term weighing 5 lbs 9 oz) consistently over the span of a few months.

As far as bulking him up, not sure it is really so necessary if he is thriving and has no health concerns. Adding butter, cream, and oil are easy things to do to his food, but I don't think I'd go overboard with it. I've been having to pump Anna's diet full of all these things and more that I had never planned, and I worry about her long term dietary habits once we shake off this problem. I don't want her to start preferring french fries over healthier foods, you know? I mix her whole milk with half & half and Carnation, and wonder how I'll ever wean her off of it when the time comes so that she can just drink regular milk someday.
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January 20th, 2008, 05:33 PM
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I agree. If you look at my daughters growth curve in the sticky she's always been small. But they labeled her FTT when she went from the 3rd percentile to completely off the charts. She's gained less than a lb in 5 months and she is also refusing foods.
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I agree - as long as they stay on one growth curve, they are fine and not FTT.
Just wanted to add though, in case anyone else reads this post, that there is another definiton of FTT other than being below 1% on the growth curve...
Going down past two major lines on the growth curve makes a child FTT too. For instance, if the child is at 80% and then goes down past the 75% and 50% and ends up at 40% they are considered FTT too. So even thought they are at 40% which sounds good, they are FTT (until they stabilize).
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