Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mothercare | 2008/09/05


birth weight


my baby was born 2.91 kg and my doctor told me that she was very small and this might cause her not to be intelligent as small babies born less than 3 kg are normal and clever,

i was very healthy and eating the right food during pregnancy but why was she so small?
and what is the normal or average weigh of a new born?

Expert's Reply



The average full term birthweight for newborns in South Africa is 3kg. Your baby was so close to that weight at birth that the small difference is of no concern at all. There is absolutely no truth in the statement that your baby will not be as intelligent as other babies. You really do not need to be concerned, so just relax and enjoy your baby girl.

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Posted by: mothercare | 2008/09/05

wow thanks very much, so i have nothing to worry about.
wat bothers me is he is a specialist gynae dont know why he says such things.

but thanks a lot for your inputs.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2008/09/05

Mothercare - your doctor might not be all that intelligent to sprout such rubbish. My second son was born at 1.8kgs and is GIFTED.

His brother that was 3.6kg has an average intelligence.


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Posted by: Me | 2008/09/05

What nonsence!My sisters were born a month early and were both very small,and less than 2.5 kg.They were in the top 10 in their class in Grade 12 and they went to university to finish,one it a distinction.Lots and lots and lots of childrens are born less than 3 kg and theirs nothing wrong with them.Dont listen to him,if there was nothing wrong with your baby at birth, no need to worry about it!

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