Everything You Need To Know About Baby Weight

Everything You Need To Know About Baby Weight

According to numerous studies, the average weight of a baby is about 7.5 pounds. However, it is not an exact figure varies in every baby. Every baby between 5.5 and 10 pounds is the normal range. 

One of the most significant concerns parents have when it comes to newborn babies is mostly weight. If a baby is too heavy, they fret that he might become morbidly obese when he grows up. On the other hand, if your baby's weight is lower than the average, they believe that the baby is ill.

Baby Legs

Keeping all the studies and researches aside, as long as your baby is crying, eating, and defecating, there is no need to worry. Practitioners often recommend a few tests for the babies if they weigh above or below the average scale to make sure that there isn’t any problem that might cause the baby harm.

Factors That Contribute To A Newborn’s Weight

Several factors contribute to a newborn baby's overall weight. You can read about them down below:

  • Prenatal health plays a vital role in the overall health of a newborn baby. So, if you drink or smoke, it would be advisable to avoid it immediately to make sure that your newborn is healthy
  • Age also plays a huge role in the weight and size of a baby. Mothers who are below the age of 20 have babies that weigh less and are smaller
  • Firstborns usually tend to be smaller than the subsequent children
  • Having conditions like diabetes can impact the health of your baby
  • The fathers and mothers height and weight usually reflect on the newborn baby
  • Generally, boys tend to be bigger and heavier than girls

You will find it surprising that race plays a huge part in the size and weight of a baby. Numerous studies suggest that African American, Native American, and Asian children are usually smaller than Caucasian babies.

It should be abundantly clear by now that your overall health and diet reflects the health of your baby. Therefore, it is quintessential that you live a healthy lifestyle to ensure your newborn baby’s health.

Weight Loss In Newborn Babies

A common cause of concern for most parents with newborn babies is when the babies start losing weight. Babies usually weigh 4 to 10 pounds lesser than they do at birth, do not be alarmed by this as it is entirely reasonable. The weight loss mostly occurs because your baby loses a lot of fluid.

The weight doesn't come back instantly after you start feeding the baby. However, a period of 1 week to 10 days should be enough for your baby to start gaining the weight back. In fact, there might even be a chance that your baby’s weight goes beyond its weight during birth, which should not be a cause of concern to the parents.

Growth Spurts In Newborn Babies

You should follow your pediatrician's advice and take your baby to regular checkups after every couple of weeks to make sure that there aren't any abnormalities and your baby weight is healthy. It would be advisable for you not to follow the regular weighing scale that you have at home as these are mostly inaccurate.

Pediatrician Examing Baby's Chest

Newborn babies usually gain6 to 8 ounces per week for the first couple of months. There are a lot of babies that go through sudden growth spurts, which most parents often find surprising. The main reason behind these growth spurts is formula milk.

Children who receive breastfeeding tend to grow slower than the ones who drink formulas. The reason for this is that formula milk has significantly higher calories that impact the growth of your baby.

When And How Often You Should Go To A Pediatrician

The general rule of visiting the pediatrician after birth is usually after every couple of weeks if your baby is not facing any problems. As long as the baby is drinking milk and pooping regularly, there is no cause for concern. You should also pay close attention to your baby and see if he or she is attentive during after they wake up.

Dizziness and drowsiness are a couple of things that you should consult with the pediatrician. Mentioned down below are some of the reasons when you might require the help of a pediatrician or a doctor:

  • The baby is overeating and gaining too much weight
  • The baby does not latch on to a bottle or breast by any means
  • Not responding during a nap
  • Significant weight loss in a short time
  • Not being able to gain the birth weight immediately within a couple of weeks is a good reason for taking your baby to the pediatrician

Managing Baby's Weight Loss And Weight Gain

You can fix the problem of too much weight gain and weight loss by using a few troubleshooting techniques that you can read all about down below:

  • In case your baby is losing weight instead of gaining, it would be advisable to feed him or her at least 8 to 10 times during the day. Going more than 3 to 5 hours without feeding the baby can prove to be detrimental for the baby’s health
  • Sleeping on your stomach reduces milk production which in turn provides insufficient nutrition to the baby
  • Supplementary water and pacifiers often make a baby's stomach feel full. Alternate these things with a bottle of milk, and you will solve the problem

Conclusion

You will also find sufficient information on growth spurts in newborn babies and also learn to manage a baby's weight loss and weight gain through some quick and easy techniques. 

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