Is My Baby’s Weight Normal?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued updated children’s growth charts that use body-mass index (BMI) as a tool for identifying weight problems. BMI maybe familiar term for some parents since this calculation is already in use for tracking adults’ weight gain and identifying the risk groups for weight related health problems. 

How to calculate your baby’s BMI?

  • Multiply his weight in pounds by 703.

  • Divide that number by his height in inches.

  • Then divide that number by his height in inches again.

(weight in pounds x 703) / height in inches)/ height in inches = BMI

Your pediatrician will be tracking the overall pattern of your baby’s growth rather than paying close attention to a particular number. You can still do the BMI calculation at home and see what kind of result you will get.  If your child’s BMI is close to 20 or higher also check with your doctor. (For adults, 25 or higher is a red flag). Your child may be at risk for obesity and need diet and exercise changes. Before changing your child’s diet or exercising regimen always check with your doctor first. If you have concerns about your baby’s weight or diet or any other health related issues always consult your doctor.