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hi sir,my baby boy just entered 8th month.he is gaining average weight.but  this time he didn't gain enough weight i his 7th month he was about 6.2,but at end of 7th month he is 6.46.i expected of seven kgs.wat was the reason for not gaining his average weight in that month.he was effected with cold and cough in his 7th my view he is not in enough weight.
plz suggest me how my baby puts on his weight,is there any medication for that?

he doesn't show any interest in his giving my baby cerelac and started giving juices.
can i give him carrot ,pomegranate orange ,apple.juice.etc
plzz lemme know wat i cuold give him...

and also his is not sitting his own yet,i mean bake him to sit but he couldn't balance himself.
my baby boy looks thin..and he is little taller looks like 1 year boy.but he is active.
because of weak is he not able to sit properly??
im so so worried of so many things.. my family  and every body asks me to take him to doctor for not sitting and crawling, .and also for being  of thin...for that really necessary....
.plzzz suggest some  important me

Hi Rekha,

Regarding weight gain, not gaining weight in one month is usually not of much concern. A general trend (as seen on baby's growth chart) is more important. Howeevr, I must inform you that the RATE of weight gain (the speed with which baby gains weight) slows down gradually. It is only 1st 3 months when babies gain 700-1000 grams a month. After 3 months, it comes to 400-700 grams a month and further to 400-600 grams a month after 6 months and it further slows down after 9 months and 12 months of age. The minimum normal weight at 7 months of age is  6 kgs. Hence your baby seems to be in normal range. For further details, discuss with baby's pediatrician. He/ she is the best judge.

In general, baby should be sitting latest by 9 months of age. Not everyone crawls. Many babies stand with support and start walking rather than crawling. For detailed assessment of development of YOUR baby, you must discuss with YOUR baby's pediatrician. He/ she is the best person to assess and guide you.

Regarding food, baby should be on mashed/ semi-solid diet (like mashed fruits, khichari, suji-halwa, etc) rather than liquids like juices. Home cooked food is as good (rather better) than proprietary foods like Cerelac.

Best wishes,
Dr. Puneet Kumar,
Kumar Child Clinic, Dwarka,
New Delhi, India

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I would be happy to answer general queries on prevention and treatment of ailments in newborn, infant, toddler, child or an adolescent. Needless to say, it will not be possible to answer any query that requires diagnosing, since it is not possible to examine a child online.


I have worked in various capacities (medical officer, resident, senior resident, consultant) in public as well as private sector in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Today, I have over 17 years of experience in the field.

Currently, I am running my own clinic (Kumar Child Clinic) in Dwarka, New Delhi and am attached to Lifeline Hospital, Dwarka as consultant pediatrics and neonatology. I am also developing my clinic website into a comprehensive child health/ parenting website (

(a) Chapter "National Immunization Schedule" in Frontiers of Social Pediatrics, Jaypee Publishers: 2nd edition, 2016. (b) Article, "All about Pertussis vaccines" in special issue of Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics, July-Sept 2015 (c) Three chapters (DTP vaccines, Pneumococcal vaccines and Poliovirus vaccines) in "Textbook of Pediatrics for Post-graduates" First edition: 2015. (c) Chapter: "Alternative delivery methods of vaccines" in IAP textbook of Vaccines, First edition, 2014 (published by IAP/ Jaypee Brothers) (d) Special Article: "50 years of Immunization in India: Progress and Future" in January 2013 issue of Indian Pediatrics (e) Four chapters in "FAQ: Book on Vaccines and Immunization Practices" First edition, 2011 AND 2nd edition, 2015 published by Jaypee Brothers. (f) Three articles in special issue of Journal of Pediatric Sciences on “Controversies and Challenges in Pediatric Vaccination Today" in Sept, 2010. Co-edited the series also. (f) Regular column, “How do I treat” in Pediascene ( (g) Review article, “Role of Anti-Poliovirus Agents in Polio eradication and beyond” in Polio Pulse, April, 2008. (h) Chapter on “Acute Infectious Diarrhea” in Textbook of Infectious Diseases in Children. (An IAP Publication), 2007. 2nd edition in 2011. (i) Book-Review (IAP Pediatric Drug Formulary, 2004) in Pediascene, March 2005 ( ) (j) Case-report on Osteopetrosis. Jharkhand Journal of Pediatrics, Dec-2002.

After MBBS, I have done DNB residency in Pediatrics.

Awards and Honors
Winner of IAP practising pediatrician's quiz in 2001.

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