Should I worry if my baby is not following a growth curve?
Growth charts can identify a problem and monitor the baby's response to an intervention. If the record of a baby’s growth doesn’t follow a typical pattern, it does not necessarily mean something is wrong. Moving up or down on a growth chart can be normal, can be caused by a weighing error, or it may also be a sign of a problem and the baby should be checked. Babies with breastfeeding problems or sick babies may lose weight or gain very little. Babies who are born large may grow slowly in the first three months and move into a lower curve. Babies who are underfed or born too small often grow quickly and move into a higher curve on the growth chart, catching up to where they should be, and over-fed ones can gain too quickly.