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Baby-Fat Fears

Q  "My six-month-old just shot up on her weight-for-height chart. Should I be concerned that she's getting fat?"
A Babies grow in spurts, and it's not uncommon for a baby to move from the 50th to the 75th percentile between well-baby visits. But if your child skips up to the 90th, it may be time for concern, says John Olsson, M.D., a pediatrician in Greenville, NC. "If weight goes up disproportionately to length, talk with your pediatrician about your baby's diet." Topics might include how much breast milk or formula she drinks, the timing of the introduction to solids, and whether she drinks any juice. Fortunately, at this young age, it's easy to adjust your child's eating habits  -- enjoy this stage while it lasts!

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