Who doesn’t like a chubby baby? You know soft, slightly round and plump cheeks and heavy thighs. Aren’t usually the ones we all tend to lift and throw up in the air? It sorts of makes their smiles a little brighter and more appreciable doesn’t it? Hem, hem, you are smiling right now imagining it, aren’t you? Yeah snap out of it, come back to real-world (sorry).
The common misconception is that a plump baby is a healthy baby while is Skinny Baby, is well, not a healthy one. But, like we said, that’s a misconception.
Is Your Baby truly Under Weight?
Not every seemingly skinny babies are underweight. That’s a simple distinction but it’s a very important one. The lack of understanding in this area it the source of apprehension that most parents have about their little one’s health. So how can you tell a baby is truly underweight? Better than mere speculation, there are two ways to determine if a baby is truly underweight.
You could use the kid’s Body Mass Index (BMI) or the World Health Organization (WHO’s) weight-for-age and height-for-age charts. The BMI option is more commonly used for adults. WHO’s charts are used are exclusively for infants (age 0 – 2 years) so we’ll focus this instead. By those WHO’s chart standards, a child is considered to be underweight when his weight-or-age measurement falls beyond the 5th percentile.
If you don’t understand those words you could simply ask your local doctor or your pediatrician. But if you’d rather not wait, then you’ll find WHO’s online chart helpful. Once you’ve established that your baby is in fact, underweight, the question that automatically arises is ‘how can I, as a concerned parent, change that?’
Before you begin to seek out remedies you must first be sure that you have identified the cause. So, let’s deal with that. Broadly speaking, there are two reasons your baby could be lean. The first is…
Gene’s play a leading role in determining the size of a child. The slightly obvious question you can ask yourself is, ‘how large are we his parents?’ ‘Is there anyone in our immediate family line that has a similar physical stature?’ Using those clues, you might be able to infer whether or not you’re looking at a genetic situation.
And here comes the obvious one. Or physical outlook is to a large extent a reflection of our dietary intake too. For instance, it was discovered in s study by the Jama Network, that the more bottle-fed infants tend to bigger than breastfed kids. The more bottle-feeding a child receives, the likelier it is that he will he comparatively fatter or heavier weighted (although of course, it’s unlikely that he will be healthier). That said, let’s answer the main question that’s been on your mind the whole time.
How can I Fatten up my Skinny Baby?
Perhaps, a more important question to provide a response to is ‘should you even try to fatten up your skinny kid?’ Your real focus should be on ensuring that your child gets the right nutrition. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
From the ongoing, you can tell a genetically lean baby cannot be fattened up by food. As far as genetics is concerned there’s little you can do. But if it’s been established that there are no underlying medical concerns responsible for your kid’s lean stature, healthy nutrition can help here.
If your child is playful and cheerful, Sleep Properly , seems satisfied after feeding, and is enjoys independence, chances are he’s getting the right nutrition. He or she may look lean. But as long as your child is taking healthy doses of meals periodically and shows the aforementioned child, he’s okay. Let your child’s lean appearance take care of itself.
You have to refuse the urge to make your child fit into your mold of what you think a healthy, well-fed baby should look like. If you get into overfeeding your child, that would result in some not too pleasant circumstances; throwing up for instance. In some cases, it could even lead to obesity later. So, don’t worry about your baby’s stature. Instead, focus on his eating habits.
A Final Word
Ask yourself; is he eating enough? Is he hitting his milestones? Is he smiling, raising his head, rolling over, constantly dolling out wet or solid diapers, etc.? Is he reasonably sized for his age? If those questions answer in the affirmative, then, again, don’t worry!
If your baby’s genetically lean, that’s okay too. It’s not a life-threatening condition. In many cases, it might be temporal. It just means you may (yes, may not will) never see those chubby chicks that you love so much. You read this though? Your child is lucky to have you (winks).