Normally a newborn baby’s weight ranges from 2.5-4 kg, in the first week it will decrease between 7-10%, after entering between the second week and the third week it will experience weight gain again, this condition does not apply to babies who premature birth. In premature babies, the weight gain will be long enough, reaching the fourth week, this is because the fluid content in the body is quite a lot compared to babies born at full term. However, you don’t need to worry because there is no significant effect on the baby if there is a loss of weight in the first week the baby is born. This baby’s weight loss is intended to remove fluids that are carried from birth, and can even make the adaptation of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems into balance.
Meanwhile, if the baby in its growth often experiences weight loss accompanied by problems with height and abnormal baby circumference, then you should immediately provide treatment for your baby’s health. Consult with your doctor, to find out the main cause of your child’s health problems, some of the causes related to baby weight problems are breastfeeding factors that cause the baby not get breast milk smoothly, so that the baby’s nutritional intake cannot be fulfilled, then the next factor is the organ systems in the baby’s body problems such as digestion, the immunological system and also the hormonal system. The last is related to diseases, such as chronic tuberculosis.
You need to know, that the growth of babies is individual, meaning that the growth of babies will be different from one another, when you compare your baby’s growth with other babies you often find significant differences, you don’t need to worry. The baby’s growth curve is individual but don’t forget to also pay attention to the baby’s weight gain or loss, is it still in the normal range or has an abnormal decrease. Therefore, it is better if you give ASI as often as possible, give it exclusively for six months to support the growth and development of your baby both physically and mentally. You can also get in the habit of sleeping with your baby to increase the levels of the hormones prolactacin and oxytocin and increase the frequency of breastfeeding. Next is to relax during breastfeeding, to avoid stress.
Although the baby’s weight loss in the first week of birth is normal, do not ignore it if the baby’s weight does not increase until 2 weeks of age, the baby’s body weight does not increase at least 300 grams in the first month or in the sixth month of birth your baby does not experience it. weight gain of at least 500 grams you should immediately consult a doctor, one of which is fear of metabolic disorders.