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.

sillyoldfool Tue 17-Dec-13 22:55:05

being 98th centile is totally normal, someone has to be there, just as someone has to be on the 4th. Every point on the centile chart is perfectly healthy. it would only be a worry if he was 98th for weight and 4th for height, or the other way around.

JingleJohnsJulie Tue 17-Dec-13 22:55:18

What centiles was he at birth Ficidy?

NaturalBaby Tue 17-Dec-13 22:56:07

One of my dc's is 90 something centile for height.
How would it affect him long term?
I am tall, my dc will be tall. Your DH is tall, looks like your baby will be tall as well, it's not a problem.

exexpat Tue 17-Dec-13 22:56:48

If his height/length is in proportion to his weight, then there is nothing to worry about. And babies are meant to look pudgy! If your DH is tall, then it probably means he is going to be big for his age.

KatOD Tue 17-Dec-13 22:57:01

It's not an issue stop worrying! It's statistics, someone has to be at the 98th or it wouldn't be on the scale, he's just on the large size of normal. If he's long then he's prob in proportion. My DD has always been about this in weight and length (now height) and is perfectly in proportion - we're both tall so it seems reasonable.

If you're worried just sanity check his height/length and weight and see how in proportion they are. At 4mo he'll just be eating if he's hungry instinctively, just make sure that, when he's older and can understand food more you get him into good habits then.

Seriously it's nothing to worry about.

PrimalLass Tue 17-Dec-13 22:58:28

My DS was 98th centile all the way to 12 months, at 75th by 2, and now he is very slim and athletic and not that tall.

EssentialCoffee Tue 17-Dec-13 22:59:44

Babies are supposed to be chubby smile Don't worry I don't think you can over feed a baby, they lose the chub when they start crawling and waking some of it anyway

PrimalLass Tue 17-Dec-13 23:00:13

He is now 8.

At baby group lots of the mums were panicking because their babies were not gaining weight. I never had to with Mr '8oz in 2weeks' grin

AntiJamDidi Tue 17-Dec-13 23:00:42

Both my dds were born on the 98th centile and then they were both off the top of the charts by the time they were about 4 months old. They were also off the top of the charts height-wise so I wasn't bothered in the slightest. I was ebf and didn't quite know how I would go about reducing their food or increasing their activity tbh.

Dd1 is now 14yo, is 5'10" tall and is a size 10/12, which looks quite slender and her bmi is about the middle of the healthy range for her age and height. Dd2 is 3yo and her bmi is near the bottom of the healthy range for her age and height, although her weight is still on about the 95th centile for her age (I only know because she wanted to be measured the other day and she likes to stand on the scales because they tell her she's perfect).

If your ds is tall then his weight will probably be about right in proportion to his height. Somebody has to be at the top of the chart, the same as somebody has to be at the bottom, we can't all be average!! If you are particularly worried, talk to your hv about it, she will know a lot more than we will.

3boys3dogshelp Tue 17-Dec-13 23:01:37

My family are all tall. All my boys have started around 75th centile at birth, then jumped up in the first few months to between 91st and 99th and stayed there. All exclusively bf babies. They all went through a phase of looking chubby as babies until thry became more mobile. All very fit and active now (and slim). Some boys are just meant to be big.

jammiedonut Tue 17-Dec-13 23:01:51

Ds is 98th centile, has been from birth (head, height and weight!). He looks completely in proportion, and all doctors have said he is perfectly healthy. As other posters have said, someone has to be up there! Dh is well over six feet tall, and I'm above average too, so can't say we were too surprised.

ChrisMooseMickey Tue 17-Dec-13 23:06:39

Oh don't panic! DD was 2ft long when she was born. Off the charts :D
Someone has to be there- thats the reason there is a chart.

sweetiepie1979 Tue 17-Dec-13 23:08:29

You can't overfeed s baby they sick it up if they have had too much. Don't worry

Preciousbane Tue 17-Dec-13 23:10:30

My DS was on 98 th percentile, he was the size of a six month old at 3 months and was mahoosive. He is now one of the tallest boys in his year and already taller than me. He was only 7lb 4oz when born.

Ficidy Tue 17-Dec-13 23:11:01

Thanks everyone. I wasn't told which centile he was in at birth (in Ireland and I know we're not given this info as much as in England), but I do know that at 6 weeks he was in 97th centile for weight. He had been bf until then, but it was excruciatingly difficult, so I stopped then.
I think you're all probably right, that it'll all even out. Thanks.

steppemum Tue 17-Dec-13 23:11:21

It actually doesn't matter if he is on the 1st or the 99th when it comes to weight or being ''not normal'
It is the height and weight together which shows if something is out. So if he was in the 98th centile for weight but the 10th centile for height, then there is obviously a lack of balance.

They do tend to have evened out by toddler/pre-school age, so large babies become average toddlers and then average adults (I am thinking of height here). dd 1 is like this, or large babies become tall toddlers and then tall adults, like my ds.

lilyaldrin Tue 17-Dec-13 23:11:31

You can overfeed a baby - overfeeding is a risk with bottle feeding.

However, if your baby is in proportion for height and weight, then they aren't overweight. Maybe get length measured too? If weight is 98th and length is 2nd then there might be an issue.

Ficidy Tue 17-Dec-13 23:12:25

Sorry, forgot to add, he was 7lbs15oz even born.

Thanks for help. I feel relieved now.

lilyaldrin Tue 17-Dec-13 23:16:42

I think 7lbs 15oz is 3.6kg, which is just over 50th centile. However, birth centile isn't necessarily their "natural" centile - 6 weeks is more accurate. If he was ebf at that point and on the 97th centile, it's likely that that is his natural size (you can't overfeed a breastfed baby).

Junebugjr Tue 17-Dec-13 23:17:23

Dd2 was born at above average centile about 8lb, then rocketed up to off the charts height and weight within the first months. I was ebf, so she can't have been over feeding. At 2, she is still large and in 4-5 clothes, doctors have looked at her but say there is no cause for concern. I wouldn't worry even if he doesn't lose it, as long as he eats healthily and is active, it should even out when they are older. I'm small so she doesn't get it from me! But all the women in DH side are 5'10 ish.

steppemum Tue 17-Dec-13 23:23:34

I think birth weight can be misleading, it tends to relate to the mother and her health, dd2 was 10 lbs 7ox, but after the first year, she has balanced to fairly average, just tallish for her age, and she has always been skinny despite the 10lb start

sillyoldfool Tue 17-Dec-13 23:24:29

birth centile has little to do with where they're meant to be - mine have been all in the high 90s up to totally off the chart (11lb8oz) at birth but all end up around 50-75% I just make over efficient placentas or something!
Go by his percentil at 6weeks, if he was 97% and ebf then, that's where he's meant to be. it's impossible to overfeed an ebf baby.

halestone Tue 17-Dec-13 23:27:12

My DD was 8.6lb at birth then she consistently put weight on and stayed above the 98th centile line for both height and weight. I really took it to heart and assumed i was doing something wrong. But i need not have worried she is a happy healthy one year old (her birthday was last week).

IThoughtThat Tue 17-Dec-13 23:28:24

One of my DCs was referred to a paediatrician as he was so big at six months. He was chubby'ish, long and wide grin. He was totally fine. He was always tall but gradually his classmates caught up.
He is now very slim, broad and a very normal 6'3".

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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