Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anon | 2011-05-31



Thank you for your earlier response regarding my query below. Please can I ask a few more questions and provide a few more details regarding my 6 and 1/2 month boy (66cm and 6.9kgs). His paediatrician was concerned about his weight and ran a few tests including stool samples and a sweat test. Everything came back normal. He now seems happy with his weight and has said he is going to be small in stature. Does this mean he is going to grow up to be very short? His father is very tall probably about 1.9m and I am very short about 1.5m. His birth height was 50cm and weight 3.2kgs. From a nutrition point of view, he drinks between 500 and 600 mls of formula per day (I do offer more but he never finishes bottles). He has baby cereal in the morning, vegetables and recently protein for lunch and either cereal or vegetables and protein for dinner. Quantities of each are roughly 75mls. Should it be more? I have tried to offer fruit but he is not interested. He sleeps well, about 10 hours at night (right through) and then 3 to 4 hours divided into day naps. Can I give him anything extra to increase his growth? Should he have snacks between his three meals? I am very concerned about his height.

Expert's Reply



I am also concerned about your son's weight and length especially as his father is tall.He may just be following your side of the family here. Are the men in your family also short?Your baby is not taking enough formula per day even allowing for his present weight.His present fluid requirements are about 950ml per day.He does appear to be eating well. You should always offer his formula before he eats his solids.He seems healthy in all respects and sleeps well so he is very content.

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