There are so many things to learn about being a new parent that sometimes it is difficult to know what you should and shouldn’t worry about. Most people worry if there child is too small, but sometimes there is a worry if a child is too big. Every child is different, and there are many instances where it is good to worry about the size of your child. So if your child is large and you are worried about your child is way too big, consider these few things.
Every child is different, so if you have large genetics, then it is likely that your child will also be large. Genetics play a big part in everyone’s life. So if your child is large, look at yourself and your parents. Sometimes genetics can skip a generation.
Age, Environment, Diet
Just because your child is large at birth doesn’t necessarily mean they will continue to be the largest. All sorts of other factors come into play, such as the age of your child, the diet, and the environment the child is being raised in. Along with that, the amount of activity that a child gets each day can greatly affect a baby’s weight. More activity in a child will mean that they need to consume more calories to gain weight. Babies that are fussier or more active will not be as chunky as other babies.
Times that it Matters
There are times when the size of your baby plays a big difference in your life. One of these most crucial times is birth. A baby has to be a certain size to fit in the birth canal. It is crucial that if a child is going to be too big to make it down the birth canal that the doctors know so that they can plan a c section. Gestational diabetes can also cause a baby to be larger than normal. People who have gestational diabetes should follow a strict diet and get good prenatal care to ensure a healthy baby. Gestational diabetes does not have to affect your baby or pregnancy if it is properly cared for.
The World Stats
In comparison to other countries, America has some of the largest babies. The only country close to our average baby size is the United Kingdom. This has a large part to play in the fact that America is predominantly European genetics. Along with that, we are a more developed country that offers more food availability. Also, the available food is typically less healthy and more processed. Other countries do not have the ready medical care that more developed countries like the United States have. This helps improve the health of our children, but it also makes our children some of the heaviest in the world. Do you think this correlates with the United States having a higher percentage of back problems as well? But in all seriousness, the United States has some of the largest babies in the world. To read more on this go to https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39896751
What is Considered a Big Baby?
With all the different genetics and different babies out there, how do you even know what a big baby is? A large baby is considered a baby that is over 9 pounds 15 ounces. Only about one percent of babies that are born in the United States in the last year was in this weight range. Most oversized babies are male. This is likely because males tend to be larger than females.
Special Needs of Larger Babies
Although larger babies are typically fine and healthy, some special precautions come along with caring for a large baby. One of these things is skincare. It is important to be checking in the rolls of your child if they are chunky. These rolls cannot get enough air and sometimes will have skin breakdown. If it goes untreated, this skin breaks down can cause infection and other problems. Common places for this skin breakdown are the neck and elbow and knee creases.
Another special precaution to be aware of with larger babies is their development. Larger babies are sometimes developmentally behind. They have a lot more weight to try and get moved around. So from crawling to walking, it is not surprising if a larger baby is behind.
Another thing to be concerned about with larger babies is feeding. Larger babies, you would assume, would eat more, but that is not the case. Larger babies still need to eat about every two hours and eat 4 to 8 ounces.
Another thing to consider for larger babies is clothing. They will not stick to the regular monthly sizing. So you will need to purchase bigger clothes. They will grow out of the smaller sizes faster. It will be fun to put cute little outfits on your baby, but it is important to factor in the bigger size when choosing outfits.
Larger babies are more likely to get birthing injuries. This is because their larger bodies are larger and don’t fit through the birth canal as well. A lot of times, they get dyspepsia of the hips or shoulders.
In the end, the size of your baby makes more of a difference than first assumed. Genetics is the main reason that a baby will be larger. Along with that, diet and environment can add to the larger size of a baby as well. Many things are affected by a baby’s size. From skin to development, your baby’s size can affect your baby’s growth. The process of birthing can be much harder as well. This is why an OBGYN should always be involved. Factor in all of these things if you end up with a large baby.