Can round and chubby babies be malnourished?

Can round and chubby babies be malnourished?

Can seemingly healthy round and chubby babies be actually malnourished?

Yes! Round and chubby babies can actually be malnourished.

Malnutrition is not just under-nutrition, it covers over-nutrition as well. The diet of Undernourished babies is usually  lacking in energy and protein (macro-nutrients) along with other vitamins and minerals (micro-nutrients). But the dietary habits of over-nourished babies include more energy / calories but less of the vital micro-nutrients and right type and amount of macro-nutrients.  Continue reading “Can round and chubby babies be malnourished?”

Being chubby – Is it good for baby’s health?

Is being chubby good for baby's health

My heart reaches out to mothers who equate healthy baby with chubbiness and plumpness. Media projects images of ‘perfect baby’ who is fair with blue eyes, chubby cheeks and a wholesome built. But like all other deceptions, this idealistic projection has turned into a dangerous fad. It’s high time we stop trusting media stereotypes and use our own discretion in perceiving a truly healthy baby!

Ideal Birth weight

It is important that a mother takes all efforts during pregnancy to ensure that newborn has an ideal birth weight (3 – 3.5kg/ 6.5 -7.5lbs).  Most babies who are born full term (38-40 weeks gestation) weigh between 6-9lbs (2.7 – 4kg). An average Indian baby weighs approximately 2.8 kg and is 51 cm long. Babies born closer to the ideal weight are better protected against diseases in later life. Low birth weight has been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as weight at birth of less than 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs). If your child is anywhere above this weight, then he/she is normal and does not need be treated like an underweight baby with excessive feeding. Continue reading “Being chubby – Is it good for baby’s health?”