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Toddler Weight.

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Rachie1986 Sat 21-Jan-17 09:43:56


Just been reading another post about whether a child is overweight and some posters said you should be able to see ribs.

Is this the case for toddlers too? My DD is just 3.

She has tracked at 75th percentile for her whole life, so if she tracks at this forever is that ok or is she meant to drop at some point?

When should I check bmi etc?

Can you tell I have anxiety...

LegoCaltrops Sat 21-Jan-17 09:45:40

Do you still have your red book? (If you are in the UK.) There are growth charts in there.

MerryMarigold Sat 21-Jan-17 09:49:18

I think of she's eating healthily, it sounds fine. My dniece was a large baby and toddler and my dsis was quite strict with her in terms of portion sizes and desserts/ crisps etc. She is allowed sometimes ie. Couple of times per week. Only drinks water. She is now 7 and very tall, pretty slim but still no ribs. I think if you're eating well you have nothing to worry about. If you're serving frozen meals, lots of crisps, sweets, mcdonalds, fruit juice, fizzy drinks etc (even one of those per day) you need to watch it a bit more.

LegoCaltrops Sat 21-Jan-17 09:55:15

And try not to worry too much about weight. Healthy diet & lifestyle is the key. Exercise (walking outside in the fresh air, go to the park, put music on & dance, for example), & a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, different kinds of proteins, healthy fats, & complex carbohydrates. If possible, home cooked. Use as few convenience foods as possible, limit sweets, refined carbs (especially sugar), & unhealthy fats (generally animal fats). Try to limit foods whose ingredients you would struggle to pronounce or that has probably come from a factory instead of a field.

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