Poor Weight Gain in Babies and Children

4) Poor Weight Gain in Babies and Children

How do I know if my baby is not gaining enough weight? — Your doctor or nurse will tell you if your baby is not gaining enough weight. At each visit, he or she will weigh your baby. Then he or she will compare your baby’s weight to the weight of other babies who are the same age and sex. Babies who weigh less than other babies of the same age and sex are not gaining enough weight.

Some babies do not gain enough weight starting at birth. Other babies gain enough weight for a while, but then slow down or stop gaining weight.

If your baby isn’t gaining enough weight, your doctor or nurse will want to figure out why. He or she will treat the cause and work with you to help your baby gain more weight. Babies need to gain enough weight so that they can grow and develop normally. Babies who do not gain enough weight can have problems later in life, such as learning problems or problems with the body’s infection-fighting system.

What are reasons that a baby might not gain enough weight? — Reasons that a baby might not gain enough weight can include:

How can my doctor figure out why my child isn’t gaining weight? — Your doctor or nurse will do an exam and ask you questions about your child’s eating habits. He or she might ask you to keep track of all the food that your child eats . Let your doctor or nurse know if your child:

Your doctor might also order a test.

Who do I work with to help my child gain weight? — Your doctor or nurse will work with you to make a plan to help your child to gain weight. He or she might recommend that you also work with other experts, such as a dietitian. A dietitian is an expert on food and eating.

Most children can be treated at home. But some children need to stay in the hospital for a short time. In the hospital, doctors can treat children and watch them closely.

What can I do to help my child gain enough weight? — You can do different things to help your child gain enough weight . You can change:

What other treatments might help my child gain enough weight? — Sometimes, other types of treatments can help. These can include:

When do I follow up with my doctor or nurse? — Your doctor or nurse will follow-up with you on a regular basis. On each visit, he or she will weigh your baby and talk with you. Let your doctor or nurse know if you are having any problems with treatment

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