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IUGR baby - height not keeping up with weight

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stillfrazzled Tue 26-Jul-11 18:08:27

DS2 born in Jan, five weeks early and 3lbs 5ozs due to IUGR. Luckily no other health concerns and he's doing pretty well (if slightly delayed).

Had follow-up appt with consultant y'day, now he's 6 months. He has made it onto the (very bottom of the) normal weight charts, which I'd be thrilled with - if only his length was showing any sign of catch-up. And it isn't; he's following a curve just below the 0.4th centile.

Consultant said she'd have expected to see some catch-up by now, and if it's going to happen it should be by the age of one. She didn't look too optimistic. If no catch-up, he will have to be referred to growth clinic. The idea frightens me and I've heard there are long-term implications for health (I have not googled as I don't want to scare myself with horror stories).

I had 2 mcs and then three weeks of visiting him in SCBU, so believe me I know there are worse things than being small - but this is the beautiful, smiley, cheerful centre of my world and the thought of him being laughed at or bullied breaks my heart.

Anyone out there with IUGR babies that remember whether height and weight went up consistently, or whether getting fatter was followed by getting longer (DS1 does this, but then he wasn't IUGR)?

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