France Hocking
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Baby could be born skinny, perhaps diagnosed as IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction) at birth. Or he might have be born normal weight and become progressively leaner during the early months. Genetically lean babies are underweight babies when using medical criteria. There are three reasons why babies do not gain weight: not taking in enough calories, not absorbing calories or burning too many calories. Full-term newborn infants should take in about 1.5 to 2 ounces of breast milk or formula about every 3 hours. Premature infants need more calories than term babies.

Slow weight gain could be a problem if your newborn doesn't regain their birth weight within 10 to 14 days after their birth. Your baby up to 3 months old gains less than an ounce a day. Your infant between 3 and 6 months gains less than 0.67 ounces a day. Symptoms of malnutrition in a child can include not growing or putting on weight at the expected rate (faltering growth) changes in behaviour, such as being unusually irritable, slow or anxious. low energy levels and tiring more easily than other children.

Increasing calories by eating more healthy foods and adding additional sources of protein can help you and your unborn baby gain a healthy amount of weight. This is true for women who have just learned they are pregnant and for those who are already pregnant and need to up their baby's weight gain before birth. Babies who are formula fed generally gain weight faster than breastfed babies after the first 3 months of life. With formula feeding, it's easier to know how much milk your baby is getting. If your baby's doctor thinks it's necessary, you may have to supplement your baby with additional feedings of either pumped breast milk or infant formula. You can also try to pump and separate your foremilk from your hindmilk. Hindmilk is higher in fat and calories, which can help your baby gain more weight.

Foods like potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, dal, ghee, ragi, almonds, yogurt, eggs and milk help the baby to gain weight. Please take a pediatricians' suggestion before you start any of these foods. As always follow a 3 day test rule. If you think your baby's weight is a concern, check with your pediatrician. Some factors like genetics, formula feeding, and your home environment may lead to baby's weight.

A baby or toddler with this condition will have a thin skin hanging, which will be due to the lack of fat in their body. This can be detected through signs such as hanging skin, change in skin tone, hair-loss, baby may feel lethargic and will cry for a longer period of time. Your toddler may become underweight for all sorts of reasons. But it's most likely that he's simply burning off more calories than he takes in each day, especially if he's having a long spell of fussy eating. These phases do pass in time though. Your toddler may also lose weight if he's ill, perhaps with a tummy bug.

While society may send a message that your baby has to have rolls of baby fat to be healthy, this isn't really true. As long as they're meeting developmental milestones, are alert and active, and are feeding well, you likely don't need to worry.

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Caroline Cocco
just beacuse your baby is skinny, doesnt mean she's not healthy
July 23, 2022
Dante Ville
yes, baby being skinny is completely normal
August 6, 2022

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