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Not sure if this is the right area or if it should belong in a different thread if so please move.<br><br>
DS is 14 months old our doctor had been thinking about his weight for a couple months before sending him for some bloodwork at 12 months. The bloodwork revealed that he has low iron it was 6 and they like to see it between 20-250.<br><br>
We started him on some iron supplements and was referred to a pediatrician. At the first appointment he was switched to palafer from fer-in-sol. We were told that she didn't think the iron had kicked in after him taking it for a month because his weight hadn't gone up at all from his previous appoinment with our family doctor if the iron had worked his weight should have went up and that we should go back in 3 months. He doesn't have anemia just low iron, if it would have been untreated then he would have become anemic I was told.<br><br>
Here's what his weight chart looks like since birth...<br><a href="http://www.picoodle.com/view.php?img=/4/6/30/f_GrowthChartm_e669a78.jpg&srv=img29" target="_blank"></a><a href="http://img29.picoodle.com/img/img29/4/6/30/f_GrowthChartm_e669a78.jpg" target="_blank">http://img29.picoodle.com/img/img29/...tm_e669a78.jpg</a><br><br>
Here's what his height chart looks like since birth...<br><a href="http://www.picoodle.com/view.php?img=/4/6/30/f_LenghtChartm_2cd4197.jpg&srv=img33" target="_blank"></a><a href="http://img33.picoodle.com/img/img33/4/6/30/f_LenghtChartm_2cd4197.jpg" target="_blank">http://img33.picoodle.com/img/img33/...tm_2cd4197.jpg</a><br><br>
Do you think he's considered underweight for his age?<br><br><br>
Thanks<br>
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My TWO year old barely weighs 22 pounds and is about 32 inches...she is perfectly happy and healthy. Our doc isn't concerned. I wouldn't worry about a thing.
 

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I will agree in that your child probably doesnt have what the doctors are calling a perfect weight but your chart is not very different from mine and my doc says "she looks great, seems happy, and is healthy and thinks that is just who she is because there are no other systems". I think alot of infants are low on iron and it is very common to have low iron counts. My daughter was 7lbs 10 oz when born and weighed 20lbs 12 oz and at 15 months weighed only 21lbs 2 ozs. Espically if your child has just learned to walk this seems normal to me but I could be wrong.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My daughter is on the same boat. She was low in iron around the same time and did not react well to the supplement, then, suddenly, her iron level started estabilizing and she started taking polyvisol with iron. She is doing fine now BUT she is 2 and weights 22 pounds (sometimes) she runs around all day, is talking, etc, she is a happy kid and she is perfectly normal and healthy, just very thin and small!<br><br>
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Is he breastfed? You may find that the WHO charts would be better suited to your child's growth. My son is on the very lowest end of normal according to the WHO chart but in the 'danger zone' on the one you have. I noticed that the whole shape of the curve is different from both charts and my son followed the shape of the WHO one perfectly and looked much like yours does on the regular chart.<br><br><a href="http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards/chts_boys_p.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.who.int/childgrowth/stand...hts_boys_p.pdf</a>
 

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My daughter was an extreme preemie and has had lots of weight gain issues; we've seen many specialists, including feeding clinic people. Here's the vital thing to remember with weight charts: It isn't so much where your child is on the chart, but <i>whether or not your child has a nice curve</i>. Your child's curve is flattening out. That's a warning sign. If it starts going downward, it's a serious issue. Docs like to try to treat the child BEFORE the downward spiral; otherise, the child might end up in the hospital.<br><br>
So I think it's reasonable for your doc to be concerned. In addition to the iron supplements, I would try to add fats to your child's diet. YoBaby (yogurt made with whole milk), avacado, ice cream...that kind of thing.<br><br>
Honestly, I've never had a doc tell me weight gain had anything to do with iron intake, although my daughter has been on iron forever.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">It isn't so much where your child is on the chart, but <i>whether or not your child has a nice curve</i>. Your child's curve is flattening out. That's a warning sign.</div>
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The chart the OP is using is based on what is average for <i>formula fed</i> babies not <i>breast fed</i>. The curve the OPs child is following is pretty typical for breastfed kids, at first gaining more rapidly than the curve then slowing down.
 

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My son didn't gain any weight at around that age and has even lost weight since then. (at 12 months he was 33lbs and at 2.5 yrs he is 28 lbs) At that age they are so active its hard to tell by weight alone. I go by how healthy and active he is and it he nurses and eats well.
 

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My 2 year old is 33 1/4" & 22 lbs - she's just on her own curve. Her younger sister, who had a slightly higher birthweight, had a bit of flattening at 1st, then got on the exact same growth rate as her sister.<br><br>
I'd watch that flattening in height, but they don't always measure real accurately either. Just as some pp's said, encourage the high fat healthy foods, & track his growth; doesn't matter so much where he is on the charts, as long as it's steady.
 

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Our DD is almost 4 and only weighs 26 lbs. Some kids are just small. We changed pediatricians because of DDs weight. Our previous one kept harping on and on about her weight and at every visit, I had to explain how DH and I were never on the weight charts and kids. Our current pediatritian's philosophy is that all kids are different. Even his kids are small. Well baby visits are a lot less stressful now.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'd watch that flattening in height, but they don't always measure real accurately either. Just as some pp's said, encourage the high fat healthy foods, & track his growth; doesn't matter so much where he is on the charts, as long as it's steady.</div>
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Height measurements on a wiggly toddler can be extremely inaccurate at one WBV the ped sent the nursing assistant in a second time to remeasure DS b/c she just didn't believe he had shrunk a half an inch since his last WBV. I wouldn't worry about a height not changing over a <i>single month,</i> especially since he had a huge growth spurt the month before. If he continued to not gain height long term then one would worry.
 

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We were at the Dr's on Wednesday and 14 month old DS is 22lbs (with clothes and cloth diaper on) and 32 inches. It wasn't a well baby check so they did not really weigh him. He is breast fed and just started to walk a month ago. I know that he still eats well but he tends to do laps around the house. I agree with a PP that if DS is active and seems healthy that I would not worry about it. FWIW our PCP did not have any issues with DS height and weight.
 

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My son weighs about the same as yours but he's 19 months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Healthy babies come in all shapes and sizes. I wouldn't worry about his weight unless <b>you</b> don't feel he's eating enough or he's not acting healthy/energetic. My son isn't a picky eater at all, he eats all sorts of things (lots of butter, olive and coconut oils, avocado etc) all day long and he's still "underweight" according to his ped's charts. Actually, he's fallen off the chart completely I believe. Honestly, if there were a chart for adult women, I probably wouldn't be on it either. We're just small people.
 

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He's doing a lot better than my son! DS was 8lbs at birth and is only 21lbs at 17mths (with clothes and diaper on). He doesn't eat much but eats healthy food. He takes a multi-vitimin. His pedi is not concerned but pushed the multi-vitimin. I wouldn't worry about his weight - as long as he is healthy and developing well. Good luck!
 

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My son is 14 months and 19 lbs. He dropped percentiles soon after birth (50th to 3rd from birth to six months) which was a bit of a concern, but he has stayed at around the 3rd percentile (old charts) ever since. So he's growing well on his curve and not dropping any more, which is nice. He's average height though, so he's really long and lean. He's been walking for about 3months and says about 25 words or more. He is happy and cuddly and nursing better than he ever has, so I'm not at all worried about him.
 

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Your little one makes my guy seem like a real peanut. Nate is 13 months old and weighs 17lbs 11 oz. he still hasn't trippled hhis birth weight . we do make it a point to really make sure he gets a ton of calories. he nurses a bunch, eats tons of yogurt, fish, eggs, and cheese. He seems healthy and happy. I am a little concerned about his weight but really i think he is fine.<br>
I have one child with a rare form of dwarfism and Nate is no where near where Aj was (12lbs at one year,17lbs at 2 and a whole 28lbs at 5) so all in all Im not too too worried
 

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My ds was 8lbs 5oz at birth and is about 23 lbs now at 14 months with diaper and clothes on. He eats like a trucker but he's been walking for four months and rarely stops moving. He slipped down the percentiles at the doctors office visit after visit and she still didn't seem concerned because he was gaining and he's healthy and (very) active, has met all milestones and then some.<br><br>
His dad is like 6'1 and only weighs 139lbs regardless of what he eats, so I'm sure that has something to do with it.
 
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