## What happens if baby is below 10th centile?

Research suggests that a baby whose weight is below the 10th percentile is much more likely to have problems than babies who are at or above the 10th percentile. And the risk of both short-term and long-term complications is higher for growth-restricted babies who are also born prematurely.

What does less than 10th percentile mean?

Small for gestational age is a term used to describe babies who are smaller than number for the number of weeks of pregnancy. These babies have birth weight below the 10th percentile. This means they are smaller than many other babies of the same gestational age.

Is 10th centile small?

Just as healthy adults demonstrate a wide range of weights, so too do babies. Statistically, we expect around 10% of babies to be less than the 10th centile. Many of these babies are simply destined genetically to be on the smaller side (‘constitutionally small’) but are otherwise completely healthy.

### What does 10th percentile mean for babies?

For example, if a 4-year-old boy’s weight is in the 10th percentile, that means that 10% of boys that age weigh less than he does and 90% of boys that age weigh more. Being in a high or a low percentile doesn’t necessarily mean that a child is healthier or has a growth or weight problem.

Can a small fetus catch up?

The good news is that most IUGR/SGA babies experience immediate catch-up growth after birth, with the vast majority achieving full catch-up growth by age 2 years. In fact, if catch-up is to occur, it general occurs rapidly within the first 3 to 6 months after birth, and will typically be complete before 2 years of age.

What does it mean when your baby is in the percentile?

The percentile shows how your infant’s weight compares to other infants. The percentile tells you what percentage of babies weigh less than your baby. For example out of a sample of 100 babies, a percentile value of 40 percent means your baby weighs more than 40 babies and weighs less than the other 60 babies.

## Is there hope if baby is below 10th percentile?

Some babies (10% lol) are smaller than others. They will be keeping an eye on you to make sure that everything remains fine, and they can take action if your placenta has issues within good time. If it helps, my first was over the 90th centile and they did exactly the same thing.

What does 50 percent mean on an infant growth chart?

A value greater than 50 percent means a baby is above average. This does not mean your baby is overweight or underweight. A doctor or physician should be consulted to determine weight status. Note, this calculator uses the World Health Organization (WHO) infant charts for 0-2 year olds Percentile – The weight percentile of the child.

What does 50th percentile mean for baby weight?

(For more information, see the CDC’s web site: www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/). If a child’s weight is at the 50th percentile line, that means that out of 100 normal children her age, 50 will be bigger than she is and 50 smaller.