Although adults often worry about being overweight, body fat provides important protection for babies. According to the textbook Biology: Life and Physiology on Earth, babies need extra fat reserves before they are about 2 years old, most of which are stored in their legs and thighs. Although parents may worry that their children's legs are getting fat, this fat is almost always a sign of health. If you are worried about your baby's weight gain, please consult a pediatrician before changing your diet.
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results in the first year or two after birth, most of the infant's nutrition comes from high-fat milk. This kind of fat can protect your child from sudden illness; according to the textbook Child Psychology, a child with adequate fat reserves is unlikely to develop dysplasia or sudden infant death syndrome. When your child's diet changes and begins to walk, her legs will slowly begin to look less fat and more like adults. The legs of an old man. However, many children still retain some baby fat in their teens. Children should not be diagnosed as obese simply because they have fat legs. However, in his book Portable Pediatrician William Sears, a pediatrician, says that fat on a child's leg can indicate whether the weight of the child is evenly and healthily distributed.
When you worry about the uneven distribution of fat in your child's legs, it may mean that she has a problem with her hips. Babies with hip dislocations or deformities tend to produce extra fat rolls on one leg, Sears said. Cysts can cause solid fat masses, so if you feel a lump beneath your baby's fat, consult a pediatrician.
Some parents found that children's fat makes bathing, clothing and other normal work difficult. Excessive sweat between fat rolls can cause skin irritation, such as hot rashes and yeast infections. After bathing or changing diapers, dry the baby's skin between skin folds. If your child's legs are big enough to make it difficult for her to wear diapers or clothes, buy something large enough to accommodate your child's legs, even if that means they have a slightly larger waist.
Babies should not be given proper nutrition unless in extreme cases. Proper nutrition in infancy can help your child stay healthy until adulthood. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be exclusively breastfed by the age of six months. Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of lifelong obesity in children. If you choose to give your child formula, follow her tips and avoid overfeeding, even if it means throwing away some formula. When your child starts eating solid food, provide her with fruit, vegetables and lean meat. Avoid giving children sugary juice and soda. According to a study in Child Psychology, early exposure to sugar can make your child crave it and increase her risk of obesity.