Childhood Diseases

Posted by: LT' s mom | 2009-09-08


Big baby

Dear Prof

My son is almost 13 mnths , weighs exactly 13 kg. He drinks about 850 ml of formula, breastfeeds after hours, and also has 3 meals a day. Last week I took him to his paedatrician for flu, and his diagnosis was asthma. He commented about his weight, but he said I should not worry as all his meals are prepared at home. People comment about him being overweight, but the doc said something about his height and his head matching with his weight.
Please explain how this head, height, weight thing works. When is a child overweight?

Expert's Reply



The average weight for a baby boy of 13 months is 10kg, height 78cm and head circumference 46cm. Your baby's weight falls on the so-called 98th percentile line of the normal infant growth chart. This puts his weight in the top 2% for babies of his age. According to what the paediatrician told you his height and head circumference match this line, the 98th percentile. So in summary your baby is a very big boy for his age and is not considered to be overweight.

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