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A friend of my stepmother's grandson is apparently "small" for his age. he's 4 months old and 11 lbs. Apparently he is at 5% on the chart. He was born on the small side, 35th percentile at birth. He is hitting all of his milestones and physically very healthy he is just small.<br><br>
My stepmother says the parents have been instructed to feed him cereal to help him gain weight.<br><br>
Everything I have learned (a friend of mine has a tiny baby and has been through the gamut with him) tells me that this advice is wrong. What does baby cereal have it it, nutritionally speaking?<br><br>
Anyway, I would love to pass on some information to the mama to help her work with the doctor to make an educated decision. She is very mainstream. I know the baby gets formula during the day, when he is with his grandma. I do not know if he is getting breastmilk at all during nights, or if he ever did :-/ What I do know is that solids at 4months seems wrong to me, and even if solids *are* necessary, cereal seems like a poor choice. Shouldn't they be pushing for avocado or something high-cal, high-fat?<br><br>
Thanks for any advice you might have. I am not sure where to put this thread so also feel free to move it if it is better suited to another location!
 

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I think its wrong... Babies have an "open gut" and shouldn't have anything but breast/formula until they are six months old.<br><br>
My second daughter is 15 pounds at a year, and I'm not concerned. She's hitting all milestones, perfectly porportioned and as happy as a clam. Babies are babies, they don't care about doctor charts!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think its wrong... Babies have an "open gut" and shouldn't have anything but breast/formula until they are six months old.<br><br>
My second daughter is 15 pounds at a year, and I'm not concerned. She's hitting all milestones, perfectly porportioned and as happy as a clam. Babies are babies, they don't care about doctor charts!</div>
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I know that, and I think it's dumb, but she's a first time mother who is of the belief that the doctor can do no wrong. I'd love some resources to send to her, and have her go over them with her doctor to try to find a better solution :-/
 

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If he´s healthy in all other respects, I wouldn´t worry too much - afterall someone has to be in the 5th percentile don´t they, or the percentile would be higher - if you see what I mean !?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If he´s healthy in all other respects, I wouldn´t worry too much - afterall someone has to be in the 5th percentile don´t they, or the percentile would be higher - if you see what I mean !?</div>
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I get that, too - hadn't thought of it that way - why don't the doctors relax?? I am having a hard time getting through to her just talking to her though, I need something more to "prove" to her that her doctor is not acting in her child's best interest.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I get that, too - hadn't thought of it that way - why don't the doctors relax?? I am having a hard time getting through to her just talking to her though, I need something more to "prove" to her that her doctor is not acting in her child's best interest.</div>
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Kellymom has info on why early solids are not a good idea.
 

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dd (age 2) has always been small... hovering around the 5th percentile for awhile. ds is small for his age too (10th percentile). dd's former dr was obsessed with her weight and where she was on those stupid CDC growth charts. uhhhh... not every kid is going to be at the 50th percentile. and if that stupid dr would have lifted his head about 45 degrees and actually looked at ME, he would realize that dd would not be setting any weight/height records. (not to mention that dh is small too.) we finally took her to a different dr who said she was perfectly fine and growing on <i>her own individual growth curve.</i> btw, the old dr was using dd's weight from her 4 month visit (50th) as where *he* thought she should be.<br><br>
if this helps, ds is 5 months old now. he had his 4 month WBV when he was about 4 1/2 months old. he weighed 13 lbs 9 oz and was 6 lbs 14.9 oz at birth. he's been at the 10th percentile since birth.<br><br>
what percentile was this baby at his 2 month checkup? and were there any visits between birth and 2 months?<br><br>
if he was in the 35th percentile at birth, its not like its *that* much of a drop. people settle into their own growth patterns. how many adults do you know who were 10 lb newborns but wear a size 2???<br><br>
most importantly, how does the baby look? if he's a chubby baby, i wouldnt worry.
 

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right, my first thought is that somebody has to be in the fifth percentile, and somebody in the 95th! The BIG question is as to whether or not this particular baby is consistently on the SAME CURVE? As long as they are consistently on the same curve, it is PROBABLY not a concern, and if it is, you're right, cereal is NOT the best option...
 

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several of my infants(i am a health visitor working with babies) are small. i have a 6 month old right now that only weighs 12 pounds. nothing wrong with her. i have a 12 month old that weighs 15 pounds. eats very well, just small. I dont have any info and i am not a dr, but the only info i can pass on as a perinatal viewpoint is we tell our mamas not to feed nothing but the boob for 6 months. (in her case formula, but ya know, we promote breastfeeding of course!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"> )<br>
i would tell her to switch peds.
 

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My DD was always in the low end of the chart. My breastfeeding consultant told me there are two different charts: One for the formula fed babies and the other for the breast fed babies. The breastfed babies' chart is slightly lighter than the formula fed. They both have one for boys and the other for girls. It includes all races; so being Asian, I was not very concerend about my DD staying in the low end of girls' breast-fed chart.<br><br>
What you need to look for is the curb in the baby's weight gain in the chart. Until certain mo. the babies will continue to gain weight. Then, it will hit a point of slowing down. As long as the baby is healthy, and shows a steady increase (even a little), have lots of fat on the thigh, I will not worry.<br><br>
I would, however, try to increase the value of breast milk by eating a lot of green veg and organic foods, etc.
 

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I think if you've already tried talking to her, there's really not much more you can do. If someone WANTS to substitute the doc's judgment for their own, there's not much you can do about it, IMO.
 
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