360° Coverage : Babies slow to gain weight catch up by teens

1 Updates

Babies slow to gain weight catch up by teens

Feb 25 2013, 2:50am CST | by

London, Feb 25 (IANS) Most babies slow in gaining weight within the first nine months catch up by the age of 13, but remain lighter and shorter than their peers, a new study has found.

London, Feb 25 — Most babies slow in gaining weight within the first nine months catch up by the age of 13, but remain lighter and shorter than their peers, a new study has found. The University of...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Babies slow to gain weight catch up by teens

Feb 25 2013, 2:50am CST | by

London, Feb 25 (IANS) Most babies slow in gaining weight within the first nine months catch up by the age of 13, but remain lighter and shorter than their peers, a new study has found.

London, Feb 25 — Most babies slow in gaining weight within the first nine months catch up by the age of 13, but remain lighter and shorter than their peers, a new study has found.

The University of Bristol study is based on data from 11,499 participants, providing the most conclusive and reassuring evidence for parents that, given the right care, many infants who lag in weight gain catch up by teenage.

Alan Emond, professor at Bristol, who led the study, explains: "The reason the early group caught up more quickly may be because those infants had obvious feeding difficulties and were more readily identified at the eight-week check, resulting in early treatment leading to a more rapid recovery, the journal Paediatrics reports.

"Those children who showed slow weight gain later in infancy took longer to recover, because of the longer period of slow growth and because their parents were smaller and lighter too," adds Emond, according to a Bristol statement.

The study found that, of the 11,499 infants born at term, 507 were slow to put on weight before the age of eight weeks (early group) and 480 were slow to gain weight between eight weeks and nine months (late group).

Thirty children were common to both groups.

The infants in the early group recovered quickly and had almost caught up in weight by the age of two, whereas those in the later group gained weight slowly until the age of seven, then had a 'spurt' between seven and 10 years, but remained considerably shorter and lighter than their peers and those in the early group at the age of 13.

At that age, children in the later group were on average 5.5 kg lighter and almost four cm shorter than their peers; those in the early group were on average 2.5 kg lighter and 3.25 cm shorter than their peers, according to a Bristol statement.

Slow weight gain is often seen by parents and some healthcare professionals as a sign of underlying ill health. Clinicians face a dilemma between taking steps to increase a child's energy intake and putting them at risk of obesity later in life by encouraging too rapid weight gain.

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Unique 'signature' found in ageing brain
London, Sep 30 (IANS) In a discovery that may lead to treatments that can slow or reverse cognitive decline in the elderly, researchers have found evidence of a unique "signature" in the ageing brain.
 
 
Why drinking makes a smile more contagious among men
New York, Sep 30 (IANS) Alcohol induces a sort of "social bravery" among men, disrupting processes that would normally prevent them from responding to another person's smile, says an interesting study.
 
 
Sleep twitches connected to brain development in babies
Sleep twitches activate circuits throughout the developing brain, says the study, suggesting that twitches teach newborns about their limbs and what they can do with them.
 
 
Fiber optic sensors to improve landslide prediction
London, Sep 30 (IANS) Detecting and monitoring both large landslides and slow slope movements could be a lot easier and cheaper with optical fiber sensors, says a study.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Modi, Obama vow to 'chalein saath saath'
Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama Tuesday vowed to "chalein saath saath - together we go forward" with a new agenda to realise the full potential of a renewed US-...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Danny Glover cast in Mr Pig
Danny Glover has been cast in 'Mr Pig'. The English-language road movie set is in Mexico and focuses on the plight of a farm-worker - played by Glover, 68 - who travels from the US to Mexico accompanied by a pig, with...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Ben Affleck's Batman 'heavily influenced' by Dark Knight Returns
Ben Affleck's Batman will be ''heavily influenced'' by Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns'. The 42-year-old actor - who has assumed the role from Christian Bale - will appear alongside Henry Cavill in 'Batman v...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Several killed in artillery fire in Ukraine: Official
Kiev, Sep 30 (IANS/EFE) Several people were killed in Popasnaya, in eastern Ukraine, in heavy shelling by pro-Russian separatists, Gennady Moskal, the Kiev-appointed governor for the region said Tuesday. "There are...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Asiad medals elude Indian grapplers Tuesday
Incheon, Sep 30 (IANS) Indian grapplers returned empty handed Tuesday at the Asian Games as Krishankant Yadav lost his men's greco-roman (71 kg) category bronze medal match while two compatriots -- Ravinder Singh and...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Obama hails security deal signed with Afghanistan
Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) US President Barack Obama hailed Tuesday as "a historic day" as the US and Afghanistan signed a bilateral security agreement that allows the residual American troops to stay in Afghanistan...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
British teenager suspected of heading to Syria to join militants
London, Sep 30 (IANS) A 15-year-old girl from Britain's western port city of Bristol has been reported missing and may be attempting to travel to Syria to join militants, police said. Avon and Somerset Constabulary...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Asian Games: Gowda bags silver, Sarita forced to settle for bronze (Roundup)
Incheon, Sep 30 (IANS) Discus thrower Vikas Gowda won the silver but his compatriot and boxer Sarita Devi was robbed of what could have been at least a silver, if not a possible gold, as India won four medals,...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
2014 Asian Games medals tally
Incheon, Sep 30 (IANS) The following is the Asian Games medals tally tabulated as rank, country, gold, silver, bronze and total medals: 1. China 126 80 62 268 2. South Korea 54 55 61 170 3. Japan 37 54 55 146 4....
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Time to realise true potential of ties: Modi, Obama
Washington, Sep 30 (IANS) India and the US have yet to realise the true potential of their relationship, and the advent of a new government in India is a natural opportunity to broaden and deepen the bilateral...
Read more on Politics Balla