Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-10

Q.

Overweight

Dear Doc, my baby currently weighs 11.5kg. She is 9 mnths and 1 wk. I am worried that she is too big, although my GP says that as soon as she becomes mobile, she will lose the weight. Problem is, she has still no intention of wanting to crawl. I put on her tummy and her legs kick in a crawling position, but that' s all. Approx 2 months ago, she suffered from meningitis - all the tests have been done and she suffered no side-effects. Due to her being in hospital and not wanting to eat, she only relied on drinking her formula and hence, the weight gain. I am worried that her motor development skills are not on par with her " age"  although people assure me she may just be late with her moving. Could this be? Could her " late"  movement also be because she is so hefty? Am I being paranoid? Please help.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The average weight for a baby girl of 9 months is 8.5kg so your baby's weight of 11.5kg is actually above the top line of the infant growth chart. She is in the top 1% of all babies of her age for weight. I am not concerned about her not crawling yet as most babies only crawl by 10 months and many skip crawling completely and simply pull themselves up and start walking. While I agree that your baby will slim down when she becomes more active, her weight is of concern. I suggest that you have her assessed by a paediatrician in particular as she had menningitis at 7 months.

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