Can a Baby Be Too Fat?

Many babies have roly-poly figures. How do you distinguish between excess weight and healthy growth?

It's easy for parents to become concerned about a child's fat intake, especially considering the roly-poly bodies of many infants and toddlers. So how do you distinguish between healthy growth and excess weight? Most children this age are so active they don't run the risk of developing weight problems. In addition, a higher-fat diet is necessary for healthy brain development until your child turns 2 years old.

If your child's weight begins to increase faster than her height, though, you should discuss it with your pediatrician. The trick will be not to help her lose weight, but to slow weight gain. Healthy snacks, a decrease in dietary fat and sugar, and exercise can all help.

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