# Frequent question: Why do babies drop percentiles?

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Because many doctors are not aware of this difference in growth, they see the baby dropping in percentiles on the growth chart and often come to the faulty conclusion that the baby is not growing adequately.

## When should I be concerned about my baby’s percentile?

When to Worry

If your child’s growth rate slows down (weight, height, or head size) and she falls below two percentile lines, then you should explore the reason for the poor growth.

## What does it mean if my baby drops a percentile?

The growth charts show this by using ‘percentiles’. A baby on the 50th percentile for weight, for example, is right in the middle of the normal range: 50% of babies their age are lighter, and 50% are heavier. A baby on the 5th percentile weighs less than 95% of other babies of that age.

## Do babies change percentiles?

While children usually follow the same percentile for weight and height (or length) for most of childhood, children growing normally may also change percentiles in their first two or three years, to adjust toward their genetic potential (4).

## Do low percentile babies catch up?

Although approximately 70%–90% of SGA infants show catch-up growth during the first years of life, individuals born SGA may continue to have a short stature in adulthood2,3). The fetal origins hypothesis states that SGA children have a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome (MetS) later in adult life4).

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## What percentile should baby be in?

What’s the Ideal Percentile for My Child? There is no one ideal number. Healthy children come in all shapes and sizes, and a baby who is in the 5th percentile can be just as healthy as a baby who is in the 95th percentile.

## Do baby percentiles predict weight?

No, baby percentile does not predict weight or height, however it gives a general sense. Weight is something that can be controlled with appropriate diet and exercise.

## Is 25th percentile good?

If you know that your score is in the 90th percentile, that means you scored better than 90% of people who took the test. … The 25th percentile is also called the first quartile. The 50th percentile is generally the median (if you’re using the third definition—see below).

## Is 25th percentile good for baby?

If your baby is satisfied after a feed, is happy and playful, and is tracking along the 25th percentile (or even lower), then you should be reassured that your child is growing well.

## What does it mean if my baby is in the 98th percentile?

To be clear on the math, sometimes you may hear of a child being at the 98th percentile of growth. That means they’re bigger than 98% of children, with just 2% of kids bigger than them (98+2 = 100).

## Do percentiles matter?

A healthy child can fall anywhere on the chart. A lower or higher percentile doesn’t mean there is something wrong with your baby. Regardless of whether your child is in the 95th or 15th percentile, what matters is that she or he is growing at a consistent rate over time.

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