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small umbilical cord

My 3rd child was born with a really small umbilical cord.  She had all the right parts and such in it but, it was really small.
The nurses let me know that it was a good thing she wasn't really over due because she wasn't getting enough nutrition from it.
Hence, she was born 2 days before her due date and was only 6 pounds 7 oz, (our other children were 8pounds 14 oz and 8pounds 7oz)
In the beginning she was so small she had a hard time regulating her body tempurature and such.  Now, at 13 months old, she is still a peanut and weighs just over 19pounds.

I am wondering if there are any residual effects of having a small umbilical cord.  Also, she has started to have a protruding belly and belly button, (maybe a hernia?) could this be due to the umbilical cord issue at birth?

She is a very happy baby and seems healthy, just really small.
I am just wondering if anyone else has ever had something like this happen to them or what.  

Thanks.
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My daughter is 18 months and weighs 20 lbs. I think she is small, but she is healthy.  The dr. never said anything except that she is in the 25% for size, but gaining regulary.  I think your baby sounds perfect.
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you know my nephew has always been really small and i think it is more that we as a society have learned to except bigger as normal that now when we see a child that is a little smaller than average we think there is something wrong with them.

as long as they eat..and are growing and developing i wouldn't worry about it.. she may just have a fast motabolism, i know my nephew does.  he is now 4 and can run an entire mile and sound like he has been lounging on a couch the entire time.

oh yeah he also eats so slow it isn't funny....which is one reason he gets full faster than everyone else.

i say trust your pedi. if you are still concerned bring it up to them...they can pull your childs growth progress and discuss it with you.
~nanci
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My daughter just turned 5 and only weighs 36 lbs. She was 6lbs 7ozs at birth. My daughter is still little for her age but she makes up for that in many other ways lol. I myself was alwasy smaller when I was young and enjoyed it. Your daughter will be just fine. I wish you and your family the best.
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There shouldn't be any long lasting effects from this.  It's more of an issue for a fetus who may have impaired placental blood flow through a narrow or thin cord.  Such infants are sometimes small at birth.
Likewise, there should be no reason to connect this with a hernia or protruding belly button or tummy.  Many children have small umbilical hernias.  

I'm glad she is doing well now.
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My DS was 7lbs 14 oz and 21 1/2" long at birth.  At 6 yrs old he only weighs 37 Lbs.  I swear he should weigh over 100 lbs since all he eats is pasta by the pound.
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My dd was only 5 lbs. 4 ounces at birth,and at a year only weighed 15 pounds.Now she's 10,is 5'6" and weighs 107 pounds....Don't worry,they all grow.My son also had a protruding belly and belly button. We used to rub the "budda belly",and it disappeared when he was around 4 or 5.
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My DD weighed 6lb and 13oz at birth, she is now 7 years old and only weighs 40lbs. The doctor said she is fine, they have never been concerned with her weight. She is a tall and slender girl, I still have to put her in size 6 clothes.
I wouldn't worry too much about it, as long as she is eating and getting the nutrients she needs..
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Thank you all for such wonderful responses!
It really helped put my husband and my fears to rest.

I just found this place yesterday and already, have lots of great information.
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