Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Penny | 2009/10/09


Failure to grow

My 5 month old weighs 6.7kgs. He is on breastmilk only, i decided with clinic sister to start solids. Birth weight was 34 kgs. Initialy he was gaining well. What coukd be the problem im a medical doctor and im thinking the worst, metabolic diseases and tumours. I am planning on taking him to Paed after a week of solids and formula with breastmilk. He has never been ill since birth and no retroviral exposure or disease. Genetics play no role, both parents we are big.

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The average weight for a baby boy of 5 months is 7.5kg. Your son's weight is just below the 25th percentile which places him in the lower 25% for babies of his age.I do not think you need to be thinking about serious illness here, but of concern is that you and your husband are big people, your baby's brthweight was above the average and you have been breastfeeding exclusively. I would have expected him to at least be on the average now for his weight. Starting solids is a good idea.Keep up with the breastfeeding.If he does not start gaining weight as expected he should be seen by your paediatrician.

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Posted by: Penny | 2009/10/09

Professor, i forgot to mention that head circumference and length are above the 50th centile.

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Posted by: heidi | 2009/10/09

dear penny
as you are a medical doctor, don' t take this the wrong way. even though breast milk is best for baby, there are instances where it doesn' t give as much nutrition as it should. a friend of mine' s baby was born at 3.2kg and she was solely breastfeeding. also at about the same age her daughter started loosing weight, she increased her feeds but she just kept dropping and not gaining. they analised her breastmilk and found it to have not a lot of nutritional value. so she stopped and put her girl on formula. the change was incredible. i am not saying at all that you should stop, but maybe have your breastmilk analized. i am sure the paed is going to have a fileld day with me. :)

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