Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Concerned mom | 2011-01-17


Big tummy in 5 yr old

Dear Doc,

My daughter is very tall and big (I don''t think fat, but she is boardering on it....she towers above her pears- her dad is very tall). She is 5 (almost 6) and weighs about 27 kg. I am very concerned about her tummy. She looks like she is pregnant. She does not eat alot (but like sweet things), never have been a fan of eating since birth. She some times complains about tummy pains. Some times it''s just hunger pains, other times I''m not sure, cuase she starts complaining when she needs to do something she does not want to go to bed/ sleep. I do not know if I should be worried about her tummy or not.

Thank you very much for your time.

Expert's Reply



It would have been helpful if you gave me your daughter's actual height as well. You say she towers above other girls of her age and it is possible that her weight is in balance with her height although this does appear to be unlikely. Her weight is certainly far above the average weight for a girl of almost 6 years which is 20kg.Her weight is on the 98th percentile line of the growth chart for girls which means that she is in the top 2% for her weight for girls of her age.You mention that she has a big tummy so it is likely that she is indeed overweight even if she is very tall.It would be best to consult a dieteician to advise you about her diet as this is the time to sort this out with her starting school.

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