Weight loss in new borns is expressed as a percentage of the birth weight. During acute illnesses, such as gastroenteritis, fluid losses etc excessive loss in water can lead to significant weight loss. In addition to it, due to the influence of external factors babies can lose weight during any month after their birth. Regardless of the percentage of weight loss, what’s most important is for health care providers is to determine the overall clinical picture of the breastfeeding mother and baby.
To keep you child healthy and fit , it is must to maintain their weight. While that seems simple, it can be challenging to implement a practical, effective and sustainable plan. Weight gain is always not a sign of good health in babies and weight loss also cannot be considered as a sign of bad health. But, both of these situations can’t be ignored.
Reason of weight loss in babies
Here are the top 7 reason that can causes weight loss in babies
- Worm Infection
Babies are curious and we parents know to what extend our munchkins go. The worms gets into the child body and in the intestine they lay and hatch eggs . It sucks in all the nutrition from the body of child. When the worms suck all the nourishments, it eventually results in a deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals. It triggers weight loss and the child becomes anemic too. It can also affect the physical and intellectual development of the child and a weak immune system to various diseases.
- Activeness of your baby
Babies are extremely active due to which they usually have a high metabolism rate and this can be one of the reasons for weight loss. Loss of weight under these circumstances is a healthy sign. You need to worry only when your baby is gasping or panting for breath after walking or crawling for a short span of time. It means your baby doesn’t have sufficient energy hence it is better to consult a paediatrician.
Low weight in babies can be hereditary too. To know if this is the reason for your baby’s low weight, it is important to understand your husband’s family tree. Check if anyone from your husband’s parent’s side were thinner.
4. Long gap between meals
Preferably, a baby should be fed every 3-4 hours. The food can be a simple meal or snacks. Instead of feeding often, if you feel, you can feed a heavy meal just twice a day then you are wrong. Babies require their nutrients at regular intervals.
A breastfeeding baby drinks exactly as much or as little milk as she wants, and this is a good thing, because only the baby really knows how much she/he needs. Mothers and babysitters who see that the baby has drunk only half the bottle may feel compelled to make the baby finish that bottle, even though she doesn’t really want it or need it. Breastfeeding an infant for six months is associated with a lower rate of childhood and early adolescent obesity. The incidence of adult obesity appears to be less in those who were breastfed as infants as well. It is must to breastfed the baby at least for 2 years according to WHO health standards.
6. High intake of fiber-rich food
Insoluble fiber which constitutes the bulk of our waste, is great for digestive disorder. It has low caloric content – including high fiber and low-calorie food like fruits and vegetables in your diet make it easier for you to cut calories. Fiber helps maintain your body fat burning capacity by eliminating insulin spikes that drain you out, and leave you craving unhealthy food.
7. Not receiving enough of hindmilk
A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. The effectiveness and health benefits of hindmilk has always been a matter of debate. The misunderstandings around these concepts have caused miscommunication a lot and this is the reason for several premature weaning. Hindmilk is the high fat-rich milk your baby gets at the end of a feeding. This milk is richer than the milk your baby gets once he starts feeding.