Many parents worry if their child is growing as he/she should be. Theweight is one of the important things, probably even more important these days,with the increased numbers related to the teen obesity, anorexia and othereating disorders.
In the early days of a childhood, when the kid is just a baby weight isoften used as the sign of the progression and development. There are chartswhich help the both doctors and parents to determine the healthy weight of thechild. However, parents shouldn’t worry if their child is not “proper” to thecharts. There are always exceptions and these under or overweight (for theirage) children can be perfectly normal. Consult your doctor if you are worriedthat your child is not growing and he/she will inform you about the normaldeviation from the weight charts. Remember that boys and girls grow differentlyand don’t compare them.
Many factors can affect the child weight and height, including: geneticpredisposition, child’s nutrition and medical conditions. Health of the motherduring the pregnancy is also one of the important factors, when talking aboutthe child’s weight. Children must take proper food which will provide allimportant nutrients for the growth and development. The weight can deteriorate if the child is sick. Sometimes, severediarrhea, typhoid fever or bout can cause significant weight loss.
Right after the birth many babies lose some percent of their weight.This condition is normal, and usual weight loss is about 5 to 10%. Womenbreastfeeding their babies will notice that they gain more weight than childrenfed by the bottle. This is not something to worry about, since the studiesrevealed that breastfed children have fewer chances to become overweight asadults.
Your baby will probably be two times heavier after 5 months and by thefirst birthday he/she will gain three times more than at the birth. Two yearsold usually have 4 times more weight than newborns.
Newborn boys usually have about 7 pounds (or 3.3kg). After just oneyear, the average boy will be some 28 or 29 inches tall and will weight about22 pounds (10kg). By their 5th birthday they will grow to approximately40 inches and weigh 40.8 pounds (19kg). It is expected that the averageteenager (12 to 13 years) should weigh around 90 pounds (40.9kg) and is some 60inches tall.
Both boysand girls are of the same weight at birth, weighing about 7 pounds. The heightdoesn’t change much with the age and sexes, but girls are lighter than the boysand at the age of 5 usually weigh about 41 pounds. Teen girls and teenboys are almost the same height, being about 60 inches tall but can have moreweight. At the age of 13, average girl should have 95 to 100 pounds (43 to46kg).