Weight issues

Babies weight at birth in part reflects the function of the mothers placenta which has essentially fed the baby for the 9 months of pregnancy. As newborns some babies will then grow “ at their own pace”. Checking weight too often can cause huge anxieties particularly if weight gain is adequate but slower than other babies. Weight is a good marker of general well being but some changes in growth patterns can be expected. Paediatricians will recognise these normal changes in growth speeds and may prevent unnecessary tests and worry. It should be remembered that growth within the lines of the growth charts travelling roughly along one line is essentially normal even if it is a lower line being followed.

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