Many parents worry if their child is growing as he/she should be. The weight is one of the important things, probably even more important these days, with the increased numbers related to the teen obesity, anorexia and other eating disorders.
In the early days of a childhood, when the kid is just a baby weight is often used as the sign of the progression and development. There are charts which help the both doctors and parents to determine the healthy weight of the child. However, parents shouldn’t worry if their child is not “proper” to the charts. There are always exceptions and these under or overweight (for their age) children can be perfectly normal. Consult your doctor if you are worried that your child is not growing and he/she will inform you about the normal deviation from the weight charts. Remember that boys and girls grow differently and don’t compare them.
Many factors can affect the child weight and height, including: genetic predisposition, child’s nutrition and medical conditions. Health of the mother during the pregnancy is also one of the important factors, when talking about the child’s weight. Children must take proper food which will provide all important nutrients for the growth and development. The weight can deteriorate if the child is sick. Sometimes, severe diarrhea, 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%. Women breastfeeding their babies will notice that they gain more weight than children fed by the bottle. This is not something to worry about, since the studies revealed that breastfed children have fewer chances to become overweight as adults.
Your baby will probably be two times heavier after 5 months and by the first birthday he/she will gain three times more than at the birth. Two years old usually have 4 times more weight than newborns.
Newborn boys usually have about 7 pounds (or 3.3kg). After just one year, the average boy will be some 28 or 29 inches tall and will weight about 22 pounds (10kg). By their 5th birthday they will grow to approximately 40 inches and weigh 40.8 pounds (19kg). It is expected that the average teenager (12 to 13 years) should weigh around 90 pounds (40.9kg) and is some 60 inches tall.
Both boys and girls are of the same weight at birth, weighing about 7 pounds. The height doesn’t change much with the age and sexes, but girls are lighter than the boys and at the age of 5 usually weigh about 41 pounds. Teen girls and teen boys are almost the same height, being about 60 inches tall but can have more weight. At the age of 13, average girl should have 95 to 100 pounds (43 to 46kg).