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9 month old has lost nearly 2 pounds in the past week..

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BastardBernie Mon 19-Dec-16 21:27:57

.. DB is a big, healthy boy and has only started weaning in the last few weeks. He gets chunky, then lengthens out, you know how it is.
However, he weighed nearly 12kg a few weeks ago. At 8 month check health visitor did mention his weight. We both agreed to see how it went, maybe cut down the volume in each bottle.
So iv cut down from 8oz to 6oz and he has been eating 3 meals per day (hasn't got a monster appetite). He hasn't noticed the change.
Now he's bang on 11kg and I'm wondering what to do next really. WWYD?

SpeakNoWords Mon 19-Dec-16 23:33:32

How did you weigh him to get the 11kg weight?

BastardBernie Tue 20-Dec-16 02:31:27

Hi Speak,
I weighed him on the scales at home.
I'd rather maintain his weight than lose any. I feel a bit lost!

YokoUhOh Tue 20-Dec-16 02:55:31

Is it because he's moving about and losing the baby chub?? DS2 is similar: 10kg at 7 months but hasn't put on any weight for a while as he's crawling.

InTheDessert Tue 20-Dec-16 03:23:08

Is the 12 kg measured at home, or at the GP/ HV?
If one is a healthcare measurement, go get it done again there.
Bathroom scales aren't the most accurate down at the lower end of the scale. It could just be the scales measuring him at 11.5 each time, but other factors make it read slightly different.

Does he look like he has lost weight? Are trousers falling off him without being too short? It could just be a measurement blip, but if he has truely lost weight, you need to see a medical expert. Babies shouldn't loose weight - not gaining is a different situation at this age.

PossumInAPearTree Tue 20-Dec-16 06:27:56

I don't think a 9 month old should be in a diet. I'm no expert but it just doesn't seem right.

BastardBernie Tue 20-Dec-16 07:13:10

No he's not on the move yet, it is coming though.
He's not on a diet, I agree with you Possum. When he was on 8oz, the last 2oz I would say was for comfort as he tends to feed to sleep. He honestly hasn't noticed the missing 2oz.
The 12kg was at HV, the 11kg was at home. I understand what you mean about the scales at home; however, I do think the scales are accurate enough as they can be.
Do I put him up to, say, 7oz and go from there or continue with 6oz and monitor weight?
I don't want him to waste away (not a chance with this little chunk!) but the jump from 50th percentile to off any sort of line on his graph is pretty good going really, isn't it?
My 6 year old is getting on 4 stone (in proportion), he's half her weight!
Two neighbours have commented on his weight loss on different occasions. "Isn't he thinning out! Is he on the move?" And "don't lose that baby chub yet little man!"

ItsLikeRainOnYourWeddingDay Tue 20-Dec-16 07:23:22

If you genuinely believe the baby has lost that much weight in that short time it's a medical emergency.

Diabetes type 1 has sprung to mind as the loss is so sudden. Type 1 undiagnosed is extremely serious. Please call your GP today. Do you have any photos that show the weight loss severity?

InTheDessert Tue 20-Dec-16 07:36:46

If he is loosing weight, yes, put his milk back up!
But I'd also go and get a HV weight for accurate weight.
I weigh my boyson the bathroom scales, but they are big enough to stand on them - so more like the weight of your oldest.
That said, I know a set of siblings where she is 2 years younger than her big brother. She has weighed more than him since they were about 3 and 5 - both healthy, just different shapes. Don't focus too much on the comparison, just how your youngest follows his own growth curve.

PossumInAPearTree Tue 20-Dec-16 07:36:47

I don't understand why you're saying it's pretty good going. I wouldn't say it's good at all.

Miloarmadillo1 Tue 20-Dec-16 07:46:38

I think you need to take him to GP and get some proper advice, firstly on whether he's a healthy weight in the first place. Being 'off the chart' in either direction is by definition not good, I don't understand why you think that is good going either. Secondly to get his weight rechecked and if he has really lost a significant amount to make sure there is not something else going on. It sounds like a big loss on a short time when you have only made a small change in his diet given that he also has plenty of solids. I suspect it's a difference in the scales and not that dramatic but it would be worth checking. If he is overweight you wouldn't want him losing weight, just staying static or gaining more slowly whilst he 'grows into it'.

BastardBernie Tue 20-Dec-16 07:47:48

He's healthy and happy so would diabetes have any symptoms? I'll have a google.
I'll ring the HV today and try to talk to her if she's in.
Possum, I'm trying to make light of a worrying situation, we all deal with situations different, let's not be so square eh wink

BastardBernie Tue 20-Dec-16 07:49:04

Milo, your last sentence sums up what I am hoping for, thank you.

BastardBernie Tue 20-Dec-16 07:50:39

Could the weight loss even out once he gets to a certain weight? I can't think of the word, static out? If there is no other underlying cause of course.

Miloarmadillo1 Tue 20-Dec-16 07:58:53

Can you just get the HV to reweigh him on the same set of scales? It may be a simple inaccuracy in one of the sets of scales and you are worrying unnecessarily.

PossumInAPearTree Tue 20-Dec-16 08:03:21

Sorry, I misunderstood the tone of your post and thought you were genuinely thinking it was good. I would go back to the hv and ask for advice.

SpeakNoWords Tue 20-Dec-16 08:11:31

The first thing I would do is get an accurate weight for him from the HV or the GP. A baby shouldn't be losing weight, and certainly not such a large amount in such a short time. I suspect that it might not be such a big amount actually lost, due to weighing inaccuracies. But even so, any actual weight loss would be of concern. Best to get it checked out by a GP once you know exactly where his weight is.

burnishedgold Tue 20-Dec-16 08:22:10

You need to get him re weighed with the same scales if you're worried, DD really struggled to put on weight and we had to weigh her every week, HV was insistent same scales used as even if individually accurate they all calibrate differently at this end of the scales. That said having ended up with consultant care for DD who basically said if she looks well and is hitting milestones don't worry about it (she is now a perfectly fine 3 yr old). DS hasn't had such problems and has been weighed twice in 6 months...oops

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