Who has never heard the phrase healthy baby is fat baby?! What people don’t know is that this kind of comment can generate a false idea of “health” associated with weight gain, making fathers and mothers with babies feel that their children are not well and even feel insecure about the food they offer.
To demystify this theory and know what, in fact, should be observed and taken into consideration in your little one’s daily life, the blog People’s Grain went after the word of experts!
Is a healthy baby a fat baby? Find out more!
To begin with, it is worth noting that this synonym no longer exists: fat in babies is far from meaning health! For centuries people believed that that chubby little baby, full of doubles, was the supreme health juice. Things are changing these days…
This is a period in which the child has a rapid growth and development, with the fundamental role of nutrition as an influence.
“For a baby (from 0 to 6 months), the food received should preferably be dairy, composed of mother’s milk and, in its impossibility, the infant formula,” highlights nutritionist Izabela Cavalcanti.
Breast milk is a powerful preventative of childhood obesity. Rich in all the nutrients that the baby needs and in the ideal amounts, its consumption has the ability to prevent various diseases.
The growth curve is a tool used to monitor children’s growth and nutritional status. It is the parameter adopted by the World Health Organization and applied to all children to follow their growth.
Taking into consideration the growth curve, it is important to first of all, remember that babies are different individuals and each one of them brings their genetic load and different environmental stimuli during the gestational period, such as their mother’s nutrition and their state of health. All this influences the weight and length of the child.
“Two children may have different weights, but one of them may be a little smaller than the other and the relationship of their weight to their length is appropriate and consistent with their development. In the same way that we find people with a higher and lower weight than others, and all of these can be healthy,” commented the nutritionist.
Because of this, we should not expect all babies to develop at the same speed or in the same way. Ideally, we should analyse whether the baby is gaining the right weight for his profile, taking into account all his history, family genetics and the food he receives.
On the curve, we can observe this through an upward line. Even if this line is below average, the child may still be within normal limits. The goal is not to make all children reach the average, but that all children can grow over time.
It is always best to seek guidance from the paediatrician and not to pay attention to the opinions and assumptions of others (however difficult that may be). Go ahead, moms! 💪🏽
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