Baby growth and development in a healthy manner is the main objective of parenting.
Understanding about baby growth and monitoring growth chart helps maintain your new born baby’s health in a good condition.
The new born baby growth will be more rapid in the first few months after birth. The most rapid baby growth occurs between two to twenty-four weeks of age.
As babies born with some extra fluid, it is common for a newborn to lose a few ounces of weight in the first few days when the extra fluid is lost.
It is found that healthy newborn babies lose nearly seven to ten percent of their birth weight. However, the baby regains the lost weight within the first two weeks of birth.
Mostly, babies increase their birth weight by fifty percent within four months. By the end of the first year, the infant triples their birth weight and by the end of two years, the weight increases approximately four times.
On the other hand, the baby also increases his/her length by fifty percent within the first year and attains half of their basic adult height by two years.
The rate of baby growth decreases slightly at the age of 6 months; decreases further at 9 months of age and even decreases more at twelve months. The baby growth won’t become rapid until the child reaches adolescence (teenage years).
The health care providers will keep track of your baby growth (weight, length and head size) from the first day of the birth, as a health growth is a good indicator of your newborn’s overall health.
In fact, a baby with healthy growth will generally remains healthy whereas poor baby growth could be an indication of unhealthiness.
Growth charts and average weekly figures are the two tools commonly used to monitor baby growth. Growth charts are most essential for monitoring baby’s development.
Normally, health care professional makes use of growth charts to observe and record the new born baby growth, particularly the weight, length and head circumference.
Growth charts can be used to compare the baby’s weight with length. Thus, it provides a guide for realistic expectations of the baby’s weight with length.
Today, most of the health care professionals offer a specially designed booklet, along with growth chart to record your baby’s health care information such as baby growth, development and immunizations.
Even you can keep track of your baby growth at home by downloading growth charts from Internet.
On the other hand, an average weekly figure is another popular tool to monitor baby growth. Health care providers prefer average weekly figures to monitor baby’s development at healthy baby visits.
The doctor usually determines the growth status of the baby by comparing the baby’s weight gain against average weekly figures.
Remember that the first twelve months of birth will be the most dynamic period of infant’s life, as sudden changes occurs in all areas of baby growth and development, including physical, mental, emotional, language, and sensory development.
So, regularly follow well baby visits to doctor to ensure that your baby growth is well.