Triple the birth weight for one year

Triple the birth weight for one year

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Birth weight and body weight in individual months of life say a lot about the well-being of the child. It is not surprising that doctors try to monitor weight changes, ask about this value during a visit. Weighing the baby is also recommended for parents and putting results on percentile grids. In this way, you can quickly detect irregularities in this area and bring help to your child.

One rule is that the child should double his birth weight in six months and triple in a year. Does this rule apply to all children?

Doubling the birth weight

It is assumed that a full-term baby (born on time) should double his birth weight by six months.

Triple the birth weight

Tripling the birth weight should be done by the time the child completes the year.

Do these rules always apply?

The rule of doubling the weight to six months and tripling it to one year applies to children born on time. The issue is treated slightly differently in the case of premature babies and those with low birth weight born on time.

When a baby is born with a weight of 1 or 2 kilograms, doubling and tripling the weight should occur earlier than for a child with an average newborn weight of 3.5 kilograms. If in doubt, consult your physician first.

While children who are born small on time, they usually increase their weight at a similar pace as the average weight children on the day of birth. Most of them (as long as they are well fed and do not get sick) make up for their weight and height in relation to other children until 2-3 years of age. If this does not happen during this time, unfortunately you have to reckon with the fact that the child will remain clearly smaller than his peers. The chance of catching up at a later time is clearly smaller.

Finally, it is worth remembering that each person grows and gains weight individually, and the principle of doubling the weight and tripling is indicative, it is not the final determinant of good child development.


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