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Did your late prem catch up in size and if so when?
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#1 apple80

Posted 29 October 2012 - 12:48 PM

My bub was born at 36 weeks nearly 4 months ago. He seems to be doing really well and putting on weight so I am not worried at all, but I do get a lot of comments about his small size.

He has been on the 10th percentile for height and head circumference since birth, but when adjusted goes up to the 50th percentile. Has anyone had their baby climb up the percentiles as they get older, and if so when did it happen?

#2 frogcal

Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:39 PM

My DS was also born at 36 weeks but had IUGR as well. For ages he looked much smaller than kids the same age and was around the 10th percentile. Just had his 2 year check and he is almost to 50th percentile for height but still 25th for weight. I think he is just a slight build, so not stressed. He also does not look out of place with the other kids in my mothers' group even though he is the youngest.
My paediatrician told everything between the 3rd and 97th percentile is considered normal, and the charts are more to track sudden increase/decrease in growth rates, so as long as his growth is steady I would not worry too much about the percentiles.

#3 *lilmiss*

Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:47 PM

my DS (35+5) is now 15months and still only 3rd percentile for his weight but 75th percentile for his height... so he's tall and skinny.  He doesn't eat a whole lot, which probably explains it, but he keeps gaining and never loses weight unless he is sick, so I'm not too worried about it.  

as his growth is steady I would not worry too much about the percentiles.

completely agree with this original.gif

#4 Elemenopee

Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:49 PM

My twins were born at 30 weeks. One had IUGR, weighed 890gms (the other was 1.5kgs), and wasn't even on the charts for a long while. He is now 3.5, height is 25-50%, weight is 50%. He goes to preschool and you would not be able to pick him out as an ex-premmie.

#5 VeritasVinum

Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:57 PM

My Nephew was born 12m ago at 35wks (mum had HELLP Eclampsia). He is a tiny 3% boy at 12m. My sister was very concerned and about to ask about testing when I pointed out his 12m stats were exactly in line with my DS1 at 12m (he is now 7yrs and 3-10% for height).

My DD was born 36w. She has stayed 25%.

DS2 has been a 65-70% boy his whole life.

They have all continued to track the same height trajectories since birth.

Weight has been up and down.

Head Circ jumped up to over 97% at 12m of age (so DS1 when he started school had the size 4 clothes too big for him but was wearing the 12yo hats).

#6 Feralmummacat

Posted 29 October 2012 - 02:02 PM

DS1 was born at 34 weeks (2.5kg at birth) he is 5 and half and in size 4 tops and size 3 bottoms. Lasted I checked he was in the bottom 5th percentile and has been around this since 12 months. DS1 got a virus after I returned to worked (and he started childcare) when he was 1 and he lost a lot of weight and he was hospitalised. He has never caught that up again. He is one of the smallest kids in FYOS.

DS2 was born at 32 weeks (1.8kg at birth) he has just turned 1 and weighs 8.37kg and is in the bottom 3rd percentile. He just had his 1 year old pead check up and he is not worried about height or weight as he is tracking on the same percentile from birth.

I am on the short size and so is DH so as the pead said we were never going to have big babies.

#7 toc76

Posted 29 October 2012 - 02:04 PM

Hi DS1 was born at 36 weeks and was this tiny little thing that 00000 wouldnt fit properly.

I was told by the doctors and health nurses at the time that by the time he was two there would be no issues.  They just put two ages in his blue book;  his adjusted age  and actual age.  DS is now 97% for height and around 50% for height so their has defintiely been no long term issues.

If he is putting on weight and is happy then I wouldnt worry too much about peoples comments on his size

#8 spear_maiden

Posted 29 October 2012 - 02:48 PM

DS was born at 36wks, on 3%ile for weight and 10%ile for height. In his first 6 mths, he made it up to 10%ile for weight and almost 50%ile for height. At around 9mths he fell off the bottom of the charts weight-wise and was back down to 25%ile for height.  

He's now 33 mths, and at a guess, I'd say he's probably still off the bottom of the charts weight-wise, and height-wise he might be 10-25%ile. This has been steady for over a year.

I remember at times being worried that DS wasn't growing like he should be. But the reality is, randoms and even health professionals are not accurate judges of what is small or large for a child.  DS still gets alot of the "oh he's so little and cute" when he's running around in less clothing (and people can see he's not chubby) but out and about dressed and talking and people guess he's older than what he is.  In the one day recently, I had both "he's little, isn't he" and "oh he's a tall boy!".  Mostly tho, he just gets 'oh he's happy!" happy.gif
If you're not worried, then try to filter out the random comments cos they really are just subjective comments.  For eg. I have a 2 yr old, but I have no idea by looking at another 2yr old if they're normal height, tall, overweight, etc. wink.gif

Also, maybe to put it into perspective, I'd take into account the size you and his dad were as children and maybe as adults. DS appears to have quite a similar shape to both DH and I as children.  Maybe genetics influences bub's size as much as prematurity??


Edited by Studybug, 29 October 2012 - 02:50 PM.

#9 apple80

Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:25 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies. It sounds like there is still time for him to catch up, or he might just stay on the smallish side. I agree as long as he is healthy it doesn't really matter. There are very tall and very short people in my family so I guess I'll just have to wait and find out!

#10 Handsfull

Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:58 PM

My girls were born right on 27 weeks and weighed 905g and 1015g respectively.

They caught up by 6 months and were normal size thereon.  However now they are 9 they are the tallest girls (we are only average) and are 31-32kg respectively.  Long and lean but not skinny IYKWIM.

Its a wait and see thing as I can still picture them and they were the size of a beanie kid!

Edited by handsfull, 30 October 2012 - 03:58 PM.

#11 VeritasVinum

Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:09 PM

Apple I am just under 5ft and DH is just under 6ft.

As I said DS1 is a 3% for height, DS2 65-70% for height and DD is 25% for height.

My sister is larger at 5ft4 and her DH is 5ft10. She also currently has a 3rd % at 1yrs of age (Same stats as my DS1).

#12 aphraell

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:15 PM

DD was born at 33 weeks in the about the 5th percentile for height and weight.

By 3 months she was 50th percentile and by 12 months she 97th percentile.

#13 B.feral3

Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:20 PM

My prem was born at 32 weeks, 1.9kg.

By 2 months actual age he weighed more than my second son did at the same age and he was full term. My prem was also my first baby to crawl actual age. He's always been called a big baby. You'd never guess he was prem!! I've never bothered with all the corrected age stuff because his weight and milestones have reflected those of a full term baby right from a few weeks old.

#14 iwanttosleepin

Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:34 AM

My DS was born at 36 weeks well below the percentile charts.  just 2kg.

He's now 7 and sits on the 10th percentile.  he's the oldest in his class and so it's not really that obvious.

#15 DS1979

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:23 AM

My DS was technically not a prem as he was born at 37.5 weeks but he had undetected IUGR so at birth he was only 2.2kgs. He sat in the 3rd percentile for his weight for a long time and even though he did grow consistently, he was still just tiny compared to other kids his age.

But fast forward almost 6 years and you would never know that he was so little at birth! He now sits in the 30th percentile for weight and around the 50th for height so compared to the other kids in his kindy class he is pretty spot on average! I don't think he will be an extremely tall person (but neither is his dad) and I think he will always be a bit of a light weight (again, like his dad!) but he doesn't look obviously small anymore.

I agree with PPs, kids come in all shapes and sizes and as long as he is consistently growing then I am sure he is just perfect the way that he is! original.gif

#16 Carmen02

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:26 AM

my 2yr old DS was born at 34 weeks, he is a big boy now original.gif he is 2yrs old and 80% on his height and 75th for weight

#17 seriouslyludicous

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:32 AM

My DD was born at 37wks with IUGR, she's 3.5yrs now and we've only had her on the charts for the last 6 months.  My DD was consistently growing but very very slowly and they're now thinking there is something more going on but we have a few medical issues on the side that could be affecting her.

#18 _Alana_

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:40 AM

My son was born at 35weeks. 2.5kg by 3 months he was 6kg. He is now 9 1/2 months and we finally have him at 7kgs !!! So he isn't even on the charts ! We see a paed, ot and physio for his low muscle tone than a dietitian and speech for his weight and feeding. He now is catching up very fast !

#19 Dani

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:39 PM

I'm an oldtimer here.  I had my daughter Mackenzie at 26 weeks gestation weighing 830gm.  I was fortunate in that I got her to 10kg for her 1st Birthday coz I seriously busted my a$$ (corrected, certainly not actual) but now she's 8 she's 145cm and 33 kg....mine certainly caught up, wish I knew that 8 years ago though!!

Given that yours is "pre-term" rather than "premature" I'm sure they'll catch up in no time.  Hope so!!

#20 PonyoLand

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

DS was 34+0, IUGR so he wasn't even on the chart! At 9 months he's now 5th percentile for his actual age, but 25th for adjusted. He's about 7.5kg.
So he's climbed percentiles, but is still small. I don't know how much further he will climb, but neither DH orI are particularly tall.

You generally can't tell looking at DS - he's the same size as most girls his age & smaller than most boys, but not so significantly you'd be able to pick it without knowing. For us, people notice he's not crawling more, because all the babies we play with are.

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