Low growth percentiles for PIH babies?

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Re : Low growth percentiles for PIH babies?

Post by sckitzo » Mon Sep 27, 2010 03:39 pm

My daughter was born at 3pounds 3 ounces at 33 weeks, and was 16 pounds at one year. She has always been between the 3 and 5 percentile on the charts. It has been a battle trying to keep weight on her. But I think it is more genetics then anything with her. Her dad is 6'3 and 165 pounds, and I am 5'2 and 105. So we are both naturally very skinny. But I am very proud to say that at the start of kindergarten their was one girl shorter then Brianna, but I am sure she still weighed quite a bit more. For her school physical this fall my 5 1/2 year old hit 31 pounds for the first time. She is finally wearing 4-5t. But this is for the length only. As long as she is growing evenly then I doubt there is anything to worry about. Like if the height, weight and head stay with in the same curve, and she doesn't and any extended periods of no growth, and stays somewhat is the same percentages then everything is probably fine.

Re : Low growth percentiles for PIH babies?

Post by milesymommy » Mon Sep 27, 2010 02:49 pm

Thanks for the update! My second son is just a little younger than your daughter. I did not have PE with him, and he was born larger - 7lbs 16 oz - but he's not even 20 pounds yet at 12 months! lol I worry about the lack of weight gain, but that's what us moms do... His cousin is 26 pounds at 8 months!

Re : Low growth percentiles for PIH babies?

Post by lizziesmommy2009 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 01:01 pm

Hi all, Just wanted to post an update.

Our daughter is now 13 months old. She is still small (weight) for her age, but very healthy and feisty!

At 13 months she weighs just 20 pounds but her head size is 75th percentile and her height is 50th percentile. Compared to our friends children of similar ages she is the tinies one. Our friend even has a 6 month old that weighs the same as her! Crazy!

Anyway, it's been a great year and we're thinking about trying for a second child in the near future.

Re : Low growth percentiles for PIH babies?

Post by lizziesmommy2009 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 08:30 pm

Thanks for your replies!

Re : Low growth percentiles for PIH babies?

Post by kdreher » Mon Nov 09, 2009 02:08 pm

I think you have to sort of put the growth charts out of your head when a preemie is concerned.

Michael was 2lbs 10 oz 25 inches. At his 9 month checkup he was 14lbs 8 oz and 3 3inches and his head was growing fast too. I know he is close to 16 lbs and will be 1 in 10 days. He is not on the charts and probably won't be for some time. He is wearing 6-9 mos clothes. He is a happy, healthy, growing, moving, babbling boy with 2 bottom teeth. This is all I can ask for. He's my peanut..for now.

Re : Low growth percentiles for PIH babies?

Post by amanda » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:22 am

I was told what Shannon was - that the head growing in relation to the rest of her body was a good sign that she was growing on her own curve. We also have some small people in our families too so it's also possible that she just may have inherited some of those genes as well.

We **still** don't weigh 20 pounds and she only recently got into 12 mo clothes but, like Trish's Ali she's very healthy, eats a lot, and is smart as a whip.

Hope this helps!

Re : Low growth percentiles for PIH babies?

Post by milesymommy » Wed Nov 04, 2009 08:36 am

My 1st DS was born at 36 weeks due to PE/HELLP. He was 7lb 6 oz, lost over a pound the first 3 days... I can't remember how long it took for him to gain it back. He has always been 25% or below for weight and 75% or higher for height. Almost 3 yrs old now and weighs 28 lbs. I have asked and asked and asked the doctors, and all say there is absolutely nothing wrong with being tall and skinny. They get concerened when they go dramatically from one end to the other - like 5% to 95% or vice versa. My second son, born 9/5 @ 7 lb 14 oz (39 wks - no PE, just PIH) is now 12 lb 8 oz and in the 80th percentile for everything - head, height & weight. He started wearing 3-6 month outfits at 3 weeks and soon to be in 6-9 month. I found for the first 12+ months the clothing sizes don't really match to age - we were always in a higher size for many brands (not all brands fit the same). Its weird going from a skinny baby to a comparitively chunky one.

Re : Low growth percentiles for PIH babies?

Post by lilliputianmama » Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:42 am

I think the true question is is her head growing?

And FWIW, both of my daughters are small and have followed their own growth curve, but there is a definite curve. My 5yo just hit the 10% for the first time ever. Her head was always huge but her length and weight took years to get on the charts.

Re : Low growth percentiles for PIH babies?

Post by hannahsmom » Mon Nov 02, 2009 06:42 pm

My one pound, one ounce preemie was never on the growth charts until she turned 3 years old. She wore a 3 month dress to her one-year birthday party! She got into the 5th percentile at around 3 years old and has taken off since then. She is now 8 years old and for the first time this year she is wearing clothes that are higher than her age! We are constantly buying new clothes because she's always growing out of them. She is also one of the tallest kids in her class! Don't give up :)

Re : Low growth percentiles for PIH babies?

Post by km1317 » Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:48 am

My baby was born on July 12th at 38 weeks ( severe PE and HELLP), she only weighed 4lbs, 8 oz. When we left the hospital she was at 4lbs, 3oz. She is also on the low end in the percentile charts. She is now almost four months and is only at 9lbs, 8 oz. The way i look at it though is at least she is growing!!