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From what I've been told, what you want to look for is growth in general-not how they compare on the charts. You want to see a consistent growth pattern. So, say he was in the 10th percentile at birth (do they do adjusted ages at birth? I have no clue....). If he's still right around the 10th percentile, he's fine. If he's over the 10th percentile, hes doing great. I'd get a little more worried if he was under, especially significantly.
As an example, my 33 weeker was 4lbs 13oz, 17 inches long at birth (no idea about head circumfrence, sorry!). He's now almost a year, 22 pounds, 28 inches long. His weight, adjusted, is right in the 50th percentile. His height is in the 5th. This raised some alarms until they checked his charts. His height has always been in the 5th percentile, since birth. Again, I dont know if they adjust AT birth, but his slope has remained consistent. As such, they arnt worried at all about him.
The same goes for my oldest son as well actually. He looks super skinny, but hes in the 50th percentile for height AND weight. His psychiatrist always freaks out about his lack of growth for long periods of time; yet hes always been in the range on his chart. I never got why he worried so much since he hasnt dropped down....blarg.
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