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Inadequate Weight Gain In Newborn

Inadequate weight gain in a newborn is defined as gaining weight at a more passive rate as compared to infants of the same age and sex. Although not a disease, it can indicate an underlying illness. Poor weight gain is caused by inadequate consumption of food, inappropriate diet, poor absorption of nutrients, or needs increased energy than usual. Nutritional therapy, changing the feeding environment, treating the underlying medical condition, behavior and developmental intervention treatment, and taking care of the psychological concerns help overcome poor weight gain in infants.

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What are the long-term effects of slow weight gain pattern in babies?

Query: Hello doctor, I am worried about the weight gain of my baby. She was born three years back and had weight: 7.41 lbs, length 20.08 inches and head circumference 13.78 inches. We started exclusively breastfeeding. On the 30th day appointment she had weight 8.82 lbs, length 22.05 inches, and head circu...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The weight of your baby is slightly less. See it is not about the quantity, it is about the frequency of the feeds and the calorie content of each feed. 1. Feeding should be done every two hourly. Even at night. 2. Fortification of the milk can be done by using Sim...  Read Full »

My 2-month-old baby is losing weight after putting him on formula milk. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is two months and three weeks old. I have recently put him on formula milk, and he is losing weight. I used Nan Optipro 1. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Suppose the child is losing weight as per the weighing scale. I will suggest you do the following; if the current weight is the same as birth weight or if it is lesser, the child needs to be evaluated physically by a pediatrician for reflux or sepsis or some metabolic i...  Read Full »

Why does my baby fail to thrive though he is completely breastfed?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby was born at 37 weeks due to growth restriction. His weight was 5 lbs 3 oz. He was in NICU for seven days due to low blood sugar. He is 7 months old and weight 11 lbs 6 oz. He had reflux issues and lip and tongue tie. It was fixed at two months. The reflux was fine after 5 months o...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please note that the weight gain of your baby is fine. Normally birth weight doubles by the age of 6 months, which I think it has. As for 7-1/2 months of age, the weight is only a very little bit lesser probably because of reflux issues. Also, babies pass stools either ...  Read Full »

My 17 days old daughter is not gaining weight since her birth. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 17 days old today, she was born with less calcium and sugar. She was on IV formula for four days later she developed high bilirubin for which she was given phototherapy. All of this was accomplished within six days after her birth. I have been breastfeeding her but she seem...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, I appreciate you signing up on icliniq. You now have exclusive access to expert medical opinion. Your daughter is perfectly alright. There is nothing to worry about. Babies lose weight for first two weeks then start gaining. So continue breastfeed and other medicines as advised. Thank you ha...  Read Full »

Why has my 11 month old baby not put on weight from the last three months?

Query: Hi doctor, My 11 month old baby has not put on any weight. Her weight is 6.5 kg now. She has been in the same weight with no increase from the past 3 months. She does not eat any other solid or semi-solid food except breast milk. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The amount of food eaten would vary from child to child. Decreased intake, fussy child, and worm infestation are commonest causes for decreased weight gain. I would suggest a deworming for your baby. A single dose of Syrup Albendazole 400 mg will suffice. Also, I wo...  Read Full »

Why is one of my twin baby girl not gaining weight?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a month old twin baby girls. They were born in the 34th week of pregnancy. One baby was 2.2 Kg, and the other was a little weaker weighing 2 Kg. Since there is not enough mother's milk after several attempts, I had to go for artificial milk powder. Initially, as suggested by the ho...  Read Full »

Dr. Vijaykumar Mundeshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Keep trying to give breastfeeds as much as possible till 6 months completion. Different brands of milk powder have different tastes. So, you can change what they like (as advised). Do not dilute more or give more concentrated milk. Usually, dilution mentioned on the...  Read Full »

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