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Newborn and Infant Care

Infant weight gain

08/22/2008

Question:

My grandson was 7`10" at birth and at 7 months weighs 24`. He is off the growth chart Should we be concerned? How many calories should a 7 month old be eating? thanks

Answer:

Any concern should not be based upon weight alone. It is a matter of length and weight, being proportional. Infants often have a dip in their weight as they began to crawl, cruise, and walk (usually between 8 and 14 months). Your grandson may be preparing for this phase. Caloric intake also has many variables, I would hesitate to make a statement not knowing other factors.

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Response by:

Sarah Sauntry, RN, MS, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati