Baby in 98th centile

(39 Posts)
Ficidy Tue 17-Dec-13 22:52:08

My baby boy is 4 months old and weighs around 19 pounds. He is, however, quite long, so the doctor didn't seem to worried about his weight, but I can't help fretting. I think he looks pudgy, but other people tell me he's fine. Is it really bad that he's in the 98th centile? Neither myself nor my husband are overweight, but my husband is tall.

He has always been a very hungry baby, but now I'm worrying that I made him hungry by possibly feeding him too much!

Anyone else have this issue? Did your baby's weight even out when they started crawling etc? I just hope this isn't going to effect him in the long-term.

ZombieSquirrel Wed 18-Dec-13 01:22:57

If he's in proportion, its fine. Some people are tall, some short, just because. Some babies a big, others are teeny. smile

RodneyTheChristmasElf Wed 18-Dec-13 08:25:19

My little one was on the 95th for weight and the 40th for height. I did have twinges of worry but ultimately he is what he is and there's nothing I could do about it. He's 9 months now and appears to be slowly coming down centiles in weight which is probably down to being so active. Even so I'm still surprised and he loves his food and could scoff for England.

Kiwikiss1 Wed 18-Dec-13 08:34:35

My DS 2 is in the 91st percentile and I am always getting comments about how huge he is. I know from DS1 who was a chubby baby that once they are toddlers and refuse to eat anything but 4 or so foods and are running around non stop it all goes. Enjoy your baby and try not to worry x.

Mamabear12 Wed 18-Dec-13 08:42:49

My first born started out on the 16th centile and after a few months of breastfeeding moved up to the 98th!! She eventually went down to 75th when she started crawling/walking and now she is back up to 90th...she looks fine and is healthy...just has a big appetite smile

Second born started out 9th centile after 6 weeks moved up to 75th and im sure will be up in the 90s just like his sister was in no time. I think its fine, as long as you are feeding them healthy foods. (obviously now baby is drinking milk only). Offer them what they want. You can not cut back milk on a baby who is hungry.

Eletheomel Wed 18-Dec-13 09:44:25

DS1 was born on 50th centile for weight and length and by 4 months was on the 99th centile for weight and 93rd centile for length.

No-one (apart from my crappy inlaws who didn't really trust me bfeeding and were always accusing me of overfeeding him) ever commented on him being podgy or that it was unhealthy - all babies sit somewhere on the centile chart so some have to be at the bottom and some at the top, if they're well in themselves it's not a problem. As soon as DS1 started moving, he soon became streamlined and all that fat is there to help them if they fall ill - enjoy your little chubby ball of fun grin.

DS2 is on the 93rd centile for weight at 6 months (a lightweight in comparison :-)

MiaowTheCat Wed 18-Dec-13 13:38:22

DD1 is above the 91st line for height and weight... DD2's above the 98th centile for both. No HVs or GPs or dieticians we see for allergies have ever expressed concern over this since they are obviously so bloody tall! Comes from their father who is very very very tall!

All centile charts are is if you lined 100 kids up in order - what number in the line they'd be - they're not some kind of baby A-level exam where you fail if you're not bang on the 50 line!

brettgirl2 Wed 18-Dec-13 17:55:05

I never understand this overfeeding malarkey, both mine were ff on demand exactly the amount they wanted and stuck rigidly to 25 th centile. Always told to give them as much as they wanted hmm Dd1 that meant practically nothing and dd2 drank gallons, I honestly wouldn't worry. Oh and 98 th centile isn't even that tall of you look at 20 for a woman its 176cm. I'm exactly that tall and loads of people are taller than me. I think the charts are outdated tbh as people have got taller. No way is only 1 in 50 women taller than me.

IThinkThat Wed 18-Dec-13 18:38:52

I think you can overfeed some babies. My BF DS2 fed very easily and gulped his milk down like there was no tomorrow. I cut his feeds down so he didn't get too ginormous. He was really quite big and chubby. He was a happy and healthy baby and I never thought that he suffered in any way because I wouldn't let him have breast milk whenever he wanted.

bluecheeseforbreakfast Wed 18-Dec-13 20:31:34

My ds was on the 98th centile from birth until 6 months ( for both weight and height) looking back at photos he was really really chubby. From 6-12 months he gained about 2 pounds and is now on the 50th centile at 12 months.

Ds started crawling at 6 months and since then he has been non stop!

bluecheeseforbreakfast Wed 18-Dec-13 20:33:58

Oh and having a chubby baby is great when yiur start weaning because you know they have alot of reserves ;)

Tiredemma Wed 18-Dec-13 20:35:19

DD is on the 4th (she is 15 weeks and 10lbs). My gp and HV are not concerned at all- as someone has already said - someone has to be there.

Helspopje Wed 18-Dec-13 20:47:12

My babies come out normal/light weight but v long
both >60cm but 3.5kgs ish (>99th length, 25th-50th weight)

They stay massively long and their weight drifts upwards to about 75th centile. they never look chubby and never grow out of their clothes widthwise before they get too short.

3.5yr old dd is 1m05 and 13.5kg (91st-98th height and 25th weight)
7mth old ds is 80cm and 9.5kg (>99th length and 75th-91st weight)

Agree with posters above - only a concern if chubby or weight centile >> height centile. One difference in opinion though, my daughter did get fat for a bit due to over feeding despite EBF (when we finally got her reflux meds right and the food that she had been desparate for finally stayed down) and it took an age for her to even out a bit.

diamondsrforever Wed 18-Dec-13 21:34:20

Ds2 was weighed yesterday at 17 weeks and is 18lb 10oz jus over 91st centile and on the 98th for length! All his outfits are 6-9 months but he is totally in proportion so been told not to worry! Chunky baby's r good :-)

allyoopkry Wed 18-Dec-13 21:56:28

The percentile is the average. He is on the larger size of average. It's perfectly fine! And at 4 months babies do often get a little pudgy and that's normal too. Don't fret. As long as he is within the percentile there is nothing to worry about.

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