It Is Difficult For Children Aged 5 Months To Gain Weight?

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Mlm, I asked, my child’s age is 5 months old but it is very difficult to gain weight, lastly weighed only 5.1, for the problem of milk, I always drink according to the dose and I never drink milk again, r n If she drinks milk I immediately love it, how do I fix it? r nThank you☺

1 Answer:

Hello good morning Mrs. Any.

Weight is an element of growth in babies and children that is often the focus of parents' attention. The reference used to determine whether a child's infant weight is classified as normal, underweight and overweight which is currently commonly used in Indonesia is the growth curve of the World Health Organization (WHO). The ideal body weight for infants aged 5 months according to the WHO curve is 6kg - 9.3 kg for boys, and 5.5 kg - 8.8 kg for girls. Simply put, at five months of age, a normal baby's weight is twice that of a newborn.

Before rushing to increase the baby's weight immediately, mothers and fathers need to find out first the cause of the baby / child being underweight. Is it purely due to insufficient intake of milk / food, or is there some other reason apart from that? Several other causes that can cause the baby / child to gain weight that is difficult to gain apart from a small intake of milk / food, among others:

babies often experience recurrent infections such as upper respiratory tract infections (cold cough) and gastrointestinal infections (frequent diarrhea) babies have old (chronic) infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB), worm infections, etc. babies have problems with absorption of food etc. Knowing the causes of underweight babies is important, because no matter how much nutritional intake we provide, if there are health problems that are not handled, the baby / child weight will be difficult to achieve ideal. Therefore, we recommend that you directly check with a doctor (especially a pediatrician), so that you can find out whether the cause of your baby's underweight is purely due to lack of nutritional intake alone or because of other causes. The doctor will ask questions about complaints and previous medical history, perform a physical examination, and recommend investigations if necessary. These supporting examinations can be in the form of blood lab tests, feces / feces lab tests, X-rays, and others.

While waiting for the doctor's appointment, continue to provide breast milk (or formula milk if there are special conditions) to your baby on demand, meaning according to your baby's wishes / needs.

That's all, I hope this helps, ma'am ...

Greetings, dr. Denisa

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