Big percentile dip - how worried?
DS just went in for his 6 month check up. At his 4th month he was in the 25-50% for weight, 75% for height. This time he actually dropped all the way down to the 5% for weight, only gaining about a pound. He actually dropped in all his percentiles, but the weight one most drastically.
Our pediatrician didn't really seem worried at all, which surprised me given how often I've heard posters here talk about their peds freaking out at percentile drops. He mentioned it, said that it's not uncommon if you have an active child (our baby is what we always describe as "extremely kicky" ), and didn't schedule any special appointments before his next regular one, which is at 9 months.
So I feel like I shouldn't be worried but I totally am, of course. How concerned should we be? He's in full-time daycare and actually up until now we were worried they were OVER feeding him (I send 5 3.5 oz bottles with him every day, and nurse him at lunch, and he goes through all the bottles). That's a LOT of milk, and he's been in full time daycare for about a month, so I'm really surprised at that percentile drop.
Is it possible he's just that active? Just a skinny kid? He's totally happy and healthy otherwise. Should I be trying to bulk him up a bit more by trying to up production and increasing his bottles? We haven't started solids in any meaningful way yet (just a little rice cereal now and then for fun) because he's not really ready for it.
By the way, I know you can't overfeed a breastfed baby as far as nursing goes; can you overfeed a breastfed baby if the bulk of their milk is taken by bottle?
First-time mom to Markus, August 17, 2011.