Several possible factors can cause slow weight gain, from a medical condition to social or financial hardship. Anything that interferes with a child’s access to food or ability to digest food can impair their growth.
Why is my baby gaining weight slowly?
Sometimes, a breastfed baby will gain weight more slowly than he or she should. This could be because the mother isn’t making enough milk, the baby can’t get enough milk out of the breast, or the baby has a medical problem. Your baby’s healthcare provider should evaluate any instance of poor weight gain.
What is considered poor weight gain in babies?
Slow weight gain could be a problem if: your newborn doesn’t regain their birth weight within 10 to 14 days after their birth. your baby up to 3 months old gains less than an ounce a day. your infant between 3 and 6 months gains less than 0.67 ounces a day.
How do I know if my baby is not gaining weight?
Even if your baby hasn’t been weighed for a few days, his pees and poops will tell you that he is getting enough. During the first day or two after birth expect one or two wet diapers per day. This will increase over the next 2-3 days.
Can reflux affect weight gain in babies?
Babies and children can have normal weight and weight gains even with significant reflux. Most babies with reflux gain weight well; however, some babies do not gain weight at the expected rate and some may fail to thrive. This may be the result of feeding difficulties, frequent vomiting or other issues.
Is it normal for a 9 month old to lose weight?
As long as they are growing as expected according to their growth chart. Some babies may lose a little weight around this time. This could be because they’re moving more, they have been sick, or they’re not eating enough of the solid foods you’re giving them. They might just be more interested in playing than eating!
Do Breastfed babies gain weight slower?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , breastfed babies have a tiny head start in weight gain shortly after birth, but their overall weight gain in the first year is typically slower than formula-fed babies.
What do I do if my child is gaining weight?
Steps for success
- be a good role model.
- encourage 60 minutes, and up to several hours, of physical activity a day.
- keep to child-sized portions.
- eat healthy meals, drinks and snacks.
- less screen time and more sleep.