My daughter is 2 years and 10m old but her weight is only 11.5kg. Is she underweight?

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My daughter is 2 years and 10m old but her weight is only 11.5kg. Is she underweight? Apparently she’s very healthy and catches cold only like once in 4-5m.

According to your child’s weight at her age, she is now in the 10th percentile, which means she falls right in the normal average for baby girls her age. Doctors would recommend the mother to follow up about her child’s growth trend if the child’s percentile changse significantly. For example if your child has consistently been around the 10th percentile for weight but then drops down under the 5th percentile, a doctor might need to determine why this has happened. However, if your child’s remains near the 10th percentile, that means she would be normal.

If your child hasn’t been sick but her weight drops slightly, doctors would recommend increasing her meal sizes. Please note that at this age she’ll need about 500cc to 600cc of milk every day alongside a varied diet. However, if you feel that you have already given her an appropriate meal, you can take pictures of your child’s meals for one day and send them to us. A doctor will feedback as to whether the meal size is appropriate or what kinds of food you should add in.

How to read the following growth chart:

  1. Find your child’s age at the bottom of the chart and draw a vertical line (a straight line up) on the growth chart.
  2. Now find your child’s weight (in Kg) on the left hand side of the chart
  3. Find the spot where these two lines intersect (cross each other). Find the curve that is closest to this point and follow it up and to the right until you find the number that corresponds to your child’s percentile.

Growth chart

Piyarat Lertbunnaphong, M.D.
Pediatrics – Endocrinologist
Samitivej Hospital

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