Why does my child have a big stomach?

Is it normal for a child to have a big belly?

Nov. 7, 2006 — Potbellies are becoming all too common among children, according to a new study that shows abdominal obesity in kids has increased by more than 65% in recent years.

What causes a child to have a big stomach?

Severe protein deficiency can lead to fluid retention, which can make the stomach look bloated. Kwashiorkor is most common in children, especially if they do not have access to adequate nutrition soon after they stop breastfeeding. If a child experiences kwashiorkor, they need immediate medical attention.

How can a 9 year old lose belly fat?

Your child — and the whole family — can eat healthier with a few simple steps:

  1. Cut back on processed and fast foods. They tend to be higher in calories and fat. …
  2. Don’t serve sugary drinks. Swap soda, juice, and sports drinks for water and skim or low-fat milk.
  3. Encourage good eating habits. …
  4. Make small changes.

Why does my 9 year old have a big belly?

A. Your granddaughter’s little belly may simply be a sign of a growth spurt or a sign that she will be starting puberty at 9 or 10, as so many young girls do these days.

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What helps a bloated stomach for kids?

How can you care for your child at home?

  1. Food enzymes, such as Beano, can be added to gas-producing foods to prevent gas.
  2. Simethicone, such as Gas-X, can relieve bloating by making your child burp. …
  3. Activated charcoal tablets, such as CharcoCaps, may decrease odour from gas your child passes.

Does belly fat go away after puberty?

This is part of normal development, and her body will redistribute the fat from the stomach and waist to the breast and hips.

Is it normal for a 3 year old to have a big belly?

It is generally normal for toddlers to have potbellies. By the time children reach school age, the potbelly will most often disappear and their bodies seem more proportionate. The belly should feel soft and NOT tender.

What is overweight for a 10 year old?

Obesity is defined as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and sex. For example, a 10-year-old boy of average height (56 inches) who weighs 102 pounds would have a BMI of 22.9 kg/m2.

Why does my daughter keep gaining weight?

Causes of weight problems and obesity in children

Most cases of childhood obesity are caused by eating too much and exercising too little. Children need enough food to support healthy growth and development. But when they take in more calories than they burn throughout the day, it can result in weight gain.

How do I know if my child is overweight?

One way to tell if your child is overweight is to calculate his or her body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of body weight relative to height. The BMI calculator uses a formula that produces a score often used to tell whether a person is underweight, a normal weight, overweight, or obese.

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When do kids lose their tummy?

“It’s normal for a child to slim down between ages 2 and 5,” says pediatrician Roy Kim, MD.

What should I do if my child is overweight?

Steps for success

  1. be a good role model.
  2. encourage 60 minutes, and up to several hours, of physical activity a day.
  3. keep to child-sized portions.
  4. eat healthy meals, drinks and snacks.
  5. less screen time and more sleep.