Normal Baby Growth

Infants grow about half to one inch in height every month and gain five to seven ounces of weight every week for the first six months. In the next six months, they grow about 3/8 inch every month and obtain three to five ounces every week. Baby's weight should be twice that of their birthweight after six months and thrice at the end of one year.

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My newborn is sleeping for more than 18 hours a day. Is this normal?

Query: Hello doctor, My newborn baby is sleeping the whole day. He sleeps more than 18 hours. Is this normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is an absolutely normal behavior of a newborn. They may sleep even twenty to twenty-two hours per day. Nothing to worry. As the baby grows, the duration of sleep decreases accordingly. So, keep your baby warm and feed every second hourly. Thank you and have a nice d...  Read Full »

My two-month-old son is gaining weight slowly. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 2 months and 25 days old. His birth weight was 8.16 pounds. Within 10 days, he reduced to 7 pounds. From then, he is gaining weight very slowly. Now his weight is 9.2 pounds. I am exclusively breastfeeding him. He is very active, his hand and leg movements are very quick. He har...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Firstly, if the baby is active, feeding well, and is developing well, do not worry about the weight. From the weight record (attachment removed to protect patient identity), he has gained about 2.2 pounds in 70 days, which is definitely less than expected. You can tak...  Read Full »

How to increase the weight of my 1-year-old daughter?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a proud father of a baby girl, who is 1 year old. The problem is that we have noticed a very slow increase in her weight. She is almost a year old, but her weight is still 15.4 pounds. I just want to know if there is anything we can do to know the cause of why she is having such a...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have not mentioned about her birth weight. That will give us an idea about how much weight she has gained. Our criteria for good health in young children are their feeding, sleep, and activities. If all these parameters are normal, there is nothing to worry. She wi...  Read Full »

My baby is taking less milk than before. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 14 weeks old. His weight is 15.4 pounds and length is 2.1 feet. He is formula fed since birth. I noticed that in the last month he began to take significantly less milk than before and I cannot understand why. Between 1 to 2 months of age, he used to drink around four cups pe...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can put it across in these words. Let the child decide how much milk to drink. No forcing, please. Also, you do not need to worry at all. The weight of your child is excellent. The weight of 15.4 pounds for a 3 months old child is superb. Also, there are no other sympto...  Read Full »

Which type of vaccination is good, painless or painful?

Query: Hello doctor, My son's tongue comes out while sleeping and most of the time. He is six weeks old. While breastfeeding, he uses his tongue to suck the milk. Is this normal? Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As the child is just six weeks old, you need not worry. It is normal for the baby to do this. It is just a variation. Do not panic and just relax. Watch your baby grow and change habits as he grows.   Read Full »

My 3-month-old baby is drinking less formula than normal, but seems to be gaining weight and has constipation. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,My baby is eating less formula than normal but seems to be gaining weight still at a good rate. She is three months old, and other than occasional constipation is perfectly healthy. Is there any reason why she has suddenly not been eating as much? She normally eats 4 to 5 oz, on demand of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. If she is gaining weight, then that should not be a concern. Babies usually have various feeding patterns, and a lot of factor matters, like gastric emptying, feeding duration, gaps, etc. Often, overfeeding or indigestion can be a cause of decre...  Read Full »

My 2-year-old daughter has had constipation since last year. What can be done to treat it?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 2 years and 10 months old and has been facing constipation problems since she was one. I have consulted many doctors and had medicine, but no use. They say it is her fear of going. She only goes after three or four days. She also does not have growth progression as per...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you give the child syrup Duphalac (Lactulose) 10 ml twice daily for ten days, along with plenty of water for ten days. Reduce intake of bread and bakery products, milk, chocolates, and chips. Increase intake of water for long-term benefits with regard to co...  Read Full »

Kindly help me to parent my 7 months old baby girl.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a mother of a seven months old baby girl. I have a few doubts regarding parenting. She is still only crawling and sitting and not yet standing. We are concerned if we are giving her enough time and place. How long and how many times in a day we should keep her on the ground for her ...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi,Welcome to seems that you are new to parenting and anxious about the health of your baby girl.Seven months old baby crawling and not able to stand is normal. Babies usually stand by around nine months and should be able to walk by around a year.Do not be so aggressive in maintaining...  Read Full »

Is it normal for a 11 months old baby to be in the same weight for about four months?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby girl is 11 months old. At the time of birth, her weight is 2.25 kg. After six Months she weighs 6 Kg. For four months, she is maintaining the same weight i.e. 6.5 kg. Except for this no other adverse symptoms are observed. Baby is very active, eating all foods ( taking less mi...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For your kind information, a baby weighs two times the birth weight at 6 months of age and three times the birth weight at 12 months of age. A baby whose weight is below 2.5 kg at birth, is known as low birth weight, which is in your case. There can be various reason...  Read Full »

Is my 8 months old baby suffering from Hirschsprung's disease or severe constipation?

Query: Hi doctor, I have gotten two different opinions from two pediatricians about my 8 months old boy. One says my boy has Hirschsprung's disease, and the other says it is just constipation. The first doctor did a rectal exam, yielding no explosive stools, and he wants my son to get a barium enema. The ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There seems to be a lot of confusion that has been created. See here are my valid points: A child with any chronic disease like HD (Hirschsprung's disease) will not be able to gain weight of 9.53 kg at just 8 months of age. HD is usually diagnosed quite soon after b...  Read Full »

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