During the first six months of a child’s life his only food is breast milk or artificial mixture. For weight gain, as well as on the General status of the baby, the amount of feces and urination can objectively judge whether or not it is receiving power. The baby can be weighed during visits to the doctor, or at home, children’s electronic scales.
How to determine the weight gain?
For the “point” we must take the minimum weight of the child, not birth weight. Minimum weight recorded in the medical record of the child, take into account the physiological weight loss immediately after birth (5-8%). Usually it is not necessary to weigh the baby daily – dynamics of increase is clearly visible when the weekly measurement, and after eight weeks of the child is enough to weigh once a month.
What to do if your child is slowly putting on weight?
It is desirable to determine properly organized feeding, often enough, the child receives breast (at least 8-12 times a day), does he have the opportunity to stay at the breast as much as you want, whether the baby is put to breast, it effectively sucks the milk. Most of the reasons for slow weight gain mother can correct yourself or with the help of a specialist on breastfeeding. It is also useful to conduct a test on a wet diaper”: check the amount of urination (norm – not less than 12 per day). If necessary, the doctor or the consultant will appoint a supplementary feeding expressed milk or mixture, additional pumping breast milk.
Do I need to weigh the baby before and after feeding to see how much he sucked milk?
It matters not how much milk the child received for one feeding, and how much is absorbed (breast milk is digested very quickly, sometimes within 20 minutes). When feeding “on demand” every child may to suck a different amount of milk, and during feeding may occur urination (this will also affect the weight). In case of doubt, for the objective result, it is enough to weigh the baby once a week, on the same scales, in the same clothes or even without it.
What are the weight gain of the child is considered normal?
In the first four or five months of a child’s life normal gain is 125-215 g per week. After that, the weight gain will slow down as the baby begins to actively move, roll over, crawl and then walk. After the first six months and introduction of energy significant number of foods you can focus on the contemporary standards of compliance with the height and weight of children and the General state of health of the child, and to consider its growth, physical development and hereditary factors (height and weight of parents).
Dangerous if a large weight gain in newborn, breastfed?
Standards of weight gain targeted by many pediatricians, developed in the 60-ies of the last century and are aimed mainly at children, fed artificially. When artificial feeding weight gain is more predictable, and modern tables of standards of weight and height of children from birth to year and from one year to three years is considered. However, too rapid weight gain and other symptoms may be a signal of endocrinology, cardiovascular and renal diseases.