Immediately after the birth of the baby, a pediatrician examines him and the weight and height of the newborn is recorded. These parameters will be the starting points in the subsequent development. They will need to be measured and recorded by the weight gain of the newborn by months to determine physical health.
How and when to measure the weight of the newborn
The first weigh-in occurs immediately after birth. On the day of discharge, this procedure will be repeated and the weight will be recorded, which will be less than the initial one – this is a natural process. In the future, it will be necessary to repeat the weighing to fix the weight gain of the newborn for all months to a year when examined by a pediatrician.
After a year, weighing will need to be done at intervals of six months. These developmental parameters are recorded in the child’s medical record.
What are the rates of monthly weight gain for a newborn?
In the first month, the newborn will not only restore its original weight, but also add about 600 g.
For the second and third months, the baby will gain 800 g.
With each subsequent month, the rate of weight gain will decrease by an average of 50 g. This is due to the increased activity of the child.
Thus, in the fourth month, weight gain will be 750 g, for the sixth – 650 g, for the ninth – 500 g, for the twelfth – 350 g.
So for the first year of life, the baby will recover on average by 7 kg. The given parameters are not the only possible ones. Fluctuations, both up and down, are considered the norm. An exception is the monthly weight gain of a newborn in premature babies who weigh less.
With proper care, already closer to 10-12 months, they will be able to compare with peers.