Is Your Baby Gaining too much weight?
There are lots of things parents worry about and your baby’s weight gain may be one if he or she seems to be expanding rapidly. Babies grow quickly, but if you are concerned, it’s a good idea to talk with your pediatrician for professional advice. In the meantime, here are some guidelines from Dr. Ari Brown via Parents.com…
From day 4 or so of life until 3 months of age, babies gain about 2/3 to 1 oz of weight a day. So, most babies will have gained 3 pounds from birth at their 2 month well check-up.
Is your baby on schedule with these guidelines?
Regular checkups are important and a professional can help you know what to do if the baby is gaining weight too rapidly as there are risk factors involved.
Being aware of weight is important at any age, but note that babies who gain weight quickly in the first six months of life have a greater chance of being obese by age three, according to a Harvard Medical School study. ~TheBump
Babies will often gain in a spurt and then it will slow down. But, according to research, there is a link between gaining too much in infancy and Type 1 Diabetes,
“We found that the higher the infant weight gain [weight at 12 months minus birth weight], the higher the subsequent risk of type 1 diabetes,” senior study author Lars C. Stene, Ph.D., a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, tells Fit Pregnancy. ~Keep Reading Here, Fit Pregnancy
According to the post, Type 1 Diabetes was not a symptom of the weight gain, but a marker, though the cause is not yet clear. Type 1 diabetes is related to environmental and genetic factors, but nutrition could also play a role. Either way, a nutritionist should be able to advise you on the best approach.
Babies can gain too much on breastmilk or formula. But, breastfed children are less likely to have an issue:
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