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What is the ideal weight of a 3 1/2 month old baby? Is breast feeding sufficient? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 31-May-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Hi Sir
User:just i wanted to know my son is 3 1/2 month old and what should be his expected weight now?
Doctor:May I know his birth weight?
Doctor:Average birth weight for 3 and half year old boy is between 12 - 15 kg
User:ya his birth weiht is=2 kg and 600 gram
Doctor:His birth weight is fine, so my earlier information holds good.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:but today we did the check up with child doctor and now my son is weighing 4 kg and 900 gram
User:iam feeling his weight is too low
User:what do you say about it?
Doctor:I am sorry, I misread your query as 3 and half year.
Doctor:I apologize for that.
User:ok no problem
Doctor:At this age, his weight is normal.
Doctor:Average weight would be 4-5kgs
User:u mean to say no need to worry right?
Doctor:Generally his weight should double its birth weight by the end of 6 months.
Doctor:Have you followed what I suggested?
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:and what should be the food for him right now is there any thing that we should feed from outside or breast feeding is sufficient
Doctor:Till 4 months of age, as per the norms - no other feeds except breast milk.
Doctor:so breast feeding is sufficient.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Is there any other query?
User:ya 1 last question
User:so in our side my mom prepare a food called as gutti that means it contain 2 spoon of mother milk and appricot,almond in a small amount she wanted to give him.what should i do?can u pls suggest me on this
User:this is becuase to increase his weight
Doctor:Indian Association of Pediatrics and infact all the pediatrican world wide suggest exclusive breast feeding.
Doctor:This is because, the intestines of the infant under 4 months are not tuned to digest normal adult food.
User:Ok doctor i understood
Doctor:Moreover, infants swallowing aren't trained sufficiently to swallow solid food.
Doctor:So it is best to wait for another few more weeks.
Doctor:Please do wait for few more weeks and you may try semisoft food that to in small quantities after 4 months.
Doctor:Again, the breast feed should be his major diet constituent.
Doctor:All type of food can be tried after 6 months of age.
User:ok so iam worried by his weight thats y these questions were in my mind
Doctor:I understand your apprehension and it is quite normal.
Doctor:The next time you go to visit your pediatrician
Doctor:please check with him / her if he has a growth chart.
Doctor:Some hospitals / clinician may have a printout of a growth chart
User:ya definetly
Doctor:If they have it you may ask for a copy.
User:so right now my son weight is good right?
Doctor:It is a chart which can guide you the weight and height requirement age and gender wise.
Doctor:That will keep you track of his normal weight at any age.
Doctor:His current weight is fine.
Doctor:So do not worry.
User:Thank you doctor for your valuable conversation on this matter
Doctor:My pleasure.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:No doctor
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
Doctor:Welcome back
Doctor:Do you have any other medical query?
User:Sorry sir by mistake i logged in again
User:sorry for the inconvenient
Doctor:Thanks again.
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