Preemies weight at two years?

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mommy2maddie
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Re : Preemies weight at two years?

Postby mommy2maddie » Fri Apr 23, 2010 05:58 pm

She eats very well when she wants to! My daughter was born at 29 weeks 4 days weighed 2 lbs. 7 oz. and was 14 3/4 inches.

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Re : Preemies weight at two years?

Postby muddmomma2 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 02:35 pm

Hi...I agree with JulieB. Your doctor should not be focusing on numbers as much as they should your individual child! Does your doctor ever use an adjusted growth chart to compare your childs growth and age with what it would have been in she were at term?

My situation is very similar! My son was bon at 29 weeks +3 days (I was curious as to when your daughter was born) and weighed exactly the same...2 lbs 7 oz and was 14 1/2 inches long! He has always been small! He always gained weight regularly though! He stuck at around 20-22 lbs for the longest time it seemed. The doctor always compared his growth with what it should have been if he were born at term...in other words making him seem almost 3 months younger! He is in the 5th % for his age and has always been at the bottom of the charts, but has done great according to the doctors because he takes into consideration he was born early and had to have extra time to catch up! His doctor predicted he would weigh about 24 lbs by the time he was two---which was a good weight fo him he said! He was right on the money too! He weighed almost exactly 24 lbs by the time he was two! Right under actually---I think! He has been about 32-33 inches for a while though!

I have never heard the "needs to be 25 lbs by two"...but IDK... of course I am not a doctor and we have to remember it is better if we do not compare children because they are simply so different and that is normal, but I completely understand...I worried about my sons weight the same as you...don't worry our children actually seem to be really close! AND you could always find a second oppion form a differnt doctor, just to ease your worry even more!
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My son is now almost 28 months old and just reached 25 lbs! He is a very healthy, happy, smart little boy! :)

Does she eat well by the way?

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Re : Preemies weight at two years?

Postby julieb » Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:23 am

First of all, I do not think your doctor should be getting upset with you...we worry enough about our kids without a doctor making us feel even worse. DS was severe IUGR at birth and weighed only 1 lb 10oz and he has been small ever since. I think he weighed about 20lbs when he was 2...he does not like to eat and we do our best, but you can't force a child to gain weight. Our pediatrician focuses on Mason's growth curve and as long as he is not going down in percentiles, she is fine with how much he weighs as long as he is healthy. Of course, we would all like him to be bigger but you can only do so much. My advice is to not worry about your doctor getting upset, you know you are a good mom and that is all that matters!

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Preemies weight at two years?

Postby mommy2maddie » Fri Apr 23, 2010 08:49 am

My daughter is 22 months and the doctor is ALWAYS getting on me about her weight. In January (I know that was quite a while ago, but it was her last doc appt.) she weighed 20lbs. 14 oz. and was 30 3/4 inches. So if I had my guess at the most she weighs 22lbs and is at the most 32 inches now. She has another doc appt in June and I am afraid she won't even be on the growth chart and her doctor is going to be very upset. You can obviously tell she is fed well, she has the huge belly on her little body! My husband is short and his whole family is short and skinny, so maybe she is going to take after them, and also she had a rough start she was only 2 lbs 7 oz when she was born! Should I be worried? How much did your preemies weigh at two? I have always heard that they need to be at least 25 lbs by two, and she is defintely not going to make that. Even worse is that her 6 month old brother weighs 18 lbs and they both wear the same size diapers!!!


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