A nine-month-old baby girl weighing 20 kg, almost double the normal weight for her age, has arrived at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) for treatment.
At 9 months, an ideal body weight of a baby girl should be between 6.6 - 10.4 kilograms.
She has been admitted at the Advanced Paediatrics Centre, PGIMER, and doctors will start the examination to know the exact cause of her gaining weight at such a speed.
“We have admitted the baby and various tests will be done to know the exact cause of the problem. It is not a one day task and will take a long time,” said one of the treating doctors.
Suresh Kumar (24), father of the girl, works with a cable operator in Amritsar, and said this is not the first time when he has brought the child to PGIMER. “On April 20, we had visited PGIMER but then after waiting for the entire day, we left for Amritsar as the baby had fever,” he said.
But as the doctors in Amritsar could not diagnose the problem, Suresh has again brought her daughter to the institute.
Renu (22), mother of the child, said the baby was born on July 24, 2016 via normal delivery. Her weight was normal, but she started gaining weight when she was 4-months old.
At 9 months, her weight is 20 kg and ideally it should not be more than 10 kg. “When she was 4 months, her weight was 9 kg. It increased to 15 kg when she was 6 months old. Her weight continued to increase. It increased by two more kg in the next three months. Currently she weighs 20 kg and she is turning ten months on May 24,” said Suresh.
The baby was first taken to a civil hospital for treatment, after which she was referred to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar.
But, the doctors at the two hospitals were unable to diagnose the problem and have referred the child to the PGIMER. The baby is quite active and does not have any other health issues so far.
Doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research are of the view that the child might be suffering from one of the rare genetic disorders. There are few laboratories in the world, which conduct those tests. Once diagnosed, the problem can be cured.