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    Can someone please shed some light on percentiles for me? My son was born on the fifth percentile and is now just below the first. I'm not overly concerned anymore, as both his gp and mchn have told me he's thriving and they're not going to weigh as often as it's just causing me unnecessary worry.

    Anyway, I always read and hear of people who say "my child is fine they're on the 90th percentile etc" but really, if my child was born on the 5th percentile it is impossible for my child to reach the 90th and be considered healthy etc? Surely it doesn't matter where they are on the chart, as long as they are following THEIR curve, right? (ie remaining within a couple of percentiles and not dropping too low or upping way too high)

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    You are absolutely Correct. As long as they stay around their percentile/curve then it's fine. There have to be kids at the top and the bottom of the chart. It's just how it works. My daughter started at 91% and is at 6%. She is healthy and thriving. She just obviously was big in the womb but is supposed to be a petite girl.

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    Thank you for the reassurance

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    Yes you are right! If your child is following their own percentile growth curve that is a good sign that he is fine. 6 children in 100 will be below the 6th %ile and they are just fine. Big drops in %ile can be a concern but really it should be looked at as one one part of a bigger picture. Is bub eating and sleeping? Are they mostly happy? Are they alert and active? Wet and dirty nappies? Does your maternal instinct tell you that baby is well? If so then I 100% support weighing less often and then reassess the plan if the answers to the questions above suddenly change. I think all well babies should be weighed less! And if you have such sensible gp and CHN to make this plan then you are very lucky. Good luck and just keep doing what you are doing. Xxx

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    Now my kids are teens or nearly teens, I've found that they can move percentiles but it takes years and years. I wouldn't expect too much movement in a baby.

    eg DD3 was born below the growth charts but is now on the 25th for height and about the 10th for weight at age 12. She didn't even get on the charts until about age 3 and has grown steadily (albeit slowly) since then. She was monitored by a paed for years (due to premmie issues) and he was more concerned about her curve having the same shape as the growth chart, not where she fell on the chart.

    FWIW My other kids were all born on the 90th for weight but quickly fell to the 50th and stayed there. Height they have been all over the place.

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    Thanks @RedCreamingSoda I always appreciate your advice! And you're right my chn is amazing. She definitely looks at the whole child, not just numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    Now my kids are teens or nearly teens, I've found that they can move percentiles but it takes years and years. I wouldn't expect too much movement in a baby.

    eg DD3 was born below the growth charts but is now on the 25th for height and about the 10th for weight at age 12. She didn't even get on the charts until about age 3 and has grown steadily (albeit slowly) since then. She was monitored by a paed for years (due to premmie issues) and he was more concerned about her curve having the same shape as the growth chart, not where she fell on the chart.

    FWIW My other kids were all born on the 90th for weight but quickly fell to the 50th and stayed there. Height they have been all over the place.
    Thanks for all the info I don't think I've ever looked at percentiles beyond 2 years of age.

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    My 21 yr old son is not on any charts for height / weight. He's only 48 kgs and 5ft 6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise41 View Post
    My 21 yr old son is not on any charts for height / weight. He's only 48 kgs and 5ft 6
    Does that concern you, Louise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmmInayah View Post
    Can someone please shed some light on percentiles for me? My son was born on the fifth percentile and is now just below the first. I'm not overly concerned anymore, as both his gp and mchn have told me he's thriving and they're not going to weigh as often as it's just causing me unnecessary worry.

    Anyway, I always read and hear of people who say "my child is fine they're on the 90th percentile etc" but really, if my child was born on the 5th percentile it is impossible for my child to reach the 90th and be considered healthy etc? Surely it doesn't matter where they are on the chart, as long as they are following THEIR curve, right? (ie remaining within a couple of percentiles and not dropping too low or upping way too high)
    that's my understanding yes.

    some kids are just small, someone's got to be on the smaller end of the percentiles! so long as the gp/paed/MCHN isn't concerned and the child is thriving, who gives a toss about percentiles!

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