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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: thato | 2004/11/16

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overweight?

When my baby was born, she weighed 3kg. In September she was six months and weighed 9kg. Although her paeditrician said she is very well, i can't stop worrying every time people say she is big/fat. Do you think she is overweight? I feed her with purity 3 times a day and milk or water in between on demand. Of lately she is eating less probably because she is teething. What is the correct way of feeding her without making her overweight?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You do not have to restrict a babies intake, but it is important to offer her only healthy unsweatened foods. If you establish a healthy balanced diet, most children loose their baby fat in the second year of life when they become more mobile.

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Posted by: Kippie | 2004/11/17

I would not worry if I were you. Rightfully said, if the doc is happy with her, no need to take other people's remarks to heart.
I also have a big son, weighing 10.2kg at almost six months. He even has his own chart plotted since birth at the clinic as he grew on his on path, being big.
He is a happy and content baby and much loved, that is all that matters. i would say if the'fat' gets in the way of normal development, something can be done, but up to that point - do not worry!!

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Posted by: thato | 2004/11/17


Thanks a lot for your response but i'm sure you will agree that first time mothers panic a lot. What confuses me is that every time people will talk about her though at the same time they adore her and think she is cute. I must agree that she is indeed cute (even if i have to say that myself), can't stop looking at her. Thanks once again.

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Posted by: Mandy | 2004/11/17

I think your worries about your baby being overweight are unwarranted. If your doctor says she is fine then I would believe him/her. I do not think she is overweight at all, and even if she was you have to remember that she is not walking yet, once she is on her feet and running all over the place any excess weight will drop off her. There is no real way to control your babies food intake other than letting her decide for herself when she has had enough to eat, do not overfeed her, all babies and children (unless they are very ill) will eat when they are hungry and will stop when they have had enough.
Hope this helps.

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