What does it mean when Doctors Talk about Percentiles for Height and Weight in Babies

When a baby is first born, a couple of the first things that the doctors and nurses check for is the babies height and weight. Once this information is collected, it is compared to other babies height and weight at birth to see if the baby is average size, smaller than average size, or maybe even large for its size.

This will determine what percentile the baby falls into. As the baby grows, he or she will have regular doctors visits and regular immunizations. At these visits, the babies height and weight will be checked every time and compared to not only percentiles of other babies, but it will be compared to previous doctors visits to make sure that the baby is growing the way the he or she should be growing.

This will tell doctors how the baby is progressing, and if there is anything that this information and these percentiles show that might be cause for concern. Some babies if they are born premature or have a parent who is smaller than average, might fall into a lower than average percentile. If you have people in your family who are smaller than average, then this can contribute to and might explain why your baby might be in a lower percentile. 

The same goes with larger babies, if one or both of the parents is extremely tall then the woman might give birth to a larger than average baby and it is nothing to worry about as long as you know that this is what is causing your baby to be in a higher percentile. 

A child’s percentile can change as it grows older as its circumstances change. The baby might have had food intollerances to breast milk or formula as a baby, and now that it has out grown those challenges and is eating solid foods, the baby might start catching up to the percentile that he or she should be in for its age. Another advantage of the height and weight chart is to be able to tell if a change is necessary in the babies diet for one reason or another, either to gain weight or loose weight if the baby weighs too much for one reason or another.

This article should have explained to you, the reader, not only what it means when a doctor talks about percentiles for height in weight in babies, but also what you can do to increase or decrease your babies weight for his or her height if it is medically necessary.