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Worried about 3 year old daughter's growth

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SPARKLER1 Mon 04-Apr-05 17:06:13

I am taking dd2 (3) to baby clinic tomorrow to get them to give her a check over. She is almost three and a half and is still wearing most of her 18-24 month clothes. She is very tiny and doesn't have a paticularly huge appetite, although she is a happy enough kid.
Health visitor told me to take her up to clinic tomorrow and they will weigh her and measure her.

LIZS Mon 04-Apr-05 17:08:31

Sounds like our dd - she is less than 12 kg and still mainly wearing size 92cm clothes. So skinny she has problems keeping trousers up !

KBear Mon 04-Apr-05 17:11:52

Is she ill though or generally unhealthy? Are you worried or is it the HV? Aren't some kids just small? My friend and I have DD's that are 6 (born four weeks apart). My DD is wearing age 7-8 clothes, her DD is wearing 4-5 clothes.

morningpaper Mon 04-Apr-05 17:14:52

Sparkler I am in the same boat but the HV's scare me so much I'm almost afriad to take her to clinic! She's 2cm below the 0.4% percentile on the height chart. She is quite chubby though so I'm not too worried...? Me and her father are both smallish too.

SPARKLER1 Mon 04-Apr-05 17:39:14

No she's not ill or unhealthy - but she is so small. Not sure what they'll do if they find her particularly tiny for her age.

kid Mon 04-Apr-05 17:44:50

My DD (6) is also very small. In fact, she is more or less the same size as DS (3). But I am not worried as she is in proportion.

jjash Mon 04-Apr-05 18:23:21

Both my kids are classed as underweight .My son is 6 and in 4-5 clothes and my daughter 2.5 and in 12/18 month stuff .Both are full of energy most of the time even though DD eats next to nothing .
Have stopped going to my HV unless necessary cos refuse to be put on guilt trips by her .See my Dr instead if i`m worried [ very nice man]
Apart from force feeding them what can you do ?

sacha3taylor Mon 04-Apr-05 18:29:06

My dd is 3 next month and still has some 9-12 month clothes that fit her (not many, but a few) Took her to health visitor and she said that she eats properly and is healthy so she is probebly ok! I do still worry about her, she is starting nursery soon and I'm glad it is not one with a uniform - can you buy school uniform for a 1 year old? Hopefully she will have a growth spurt by next september

jjash Mon 04-Apr-05 18:43:39

I dont know anyones kids who actually fit their supposed size in clothes!!I think its a conspiracy by the clothing industry .And its so ironic we spent the first few years of parenthood being worried about getting the kids to weigh more - then have to read all this stuff about obesity in kids .We just cant win !!

KBear Tue 05-Apr-05 20:03:59

Sparkler - what did they say?

Merlin Tue 05-Apr-05 20:06:53

How did you get on Sparky? My DS (age 4) only fits into age 2-3 trousers and sometimes there a bit on the big side. He is skinny as a rake, doesn't eat huge amounts but seems to have a bottomless pit of energy - so I try not to worry too much now!!!

Tissy Tue 05-Apr-05 20:11:15

My 3 year old is also as thin as a rake. She can still easily fit into her 6 -12 month swim nappy (but refuses to as she is a big girl now, who needs a costume ).I've no idea how much she weighs, as we don't have any scales. I'm only taking her along to her 36 month check next week to show off her development to our snotty HV- her best tower was 19 blocks last week!

SPARKLER1 Tue 05-Apr-05 23:34:13

Hi. Well dd's a bit on the short side but is pretty much in line with her previous measurements on the chart.
Her weight has dropped quite a bit from her last weigh in a year or so ago. Health visitor has told me to make sure she has plenty of carbohydrates and proteins. I musn't worry about her not eating a set meal but to make sure I give her lots of nutritious things in small quantities throughout the day or whenever she gets hungry. She also suggested I give her vitamins A,C and D and she is so picky with her food. They are going to see her again at her 3 1/2 year check and will keep an eye on her for a while.

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