An obese overweight nine-month-old baby weighing 19 kg, double the normal for her age, has perplexed doctors in Amritsar as they are unable to take out blood samples for diagnosis due to her excessive flesh.
The baby Chahat weighed two kilograms at birth, slightly lower than normal for Indian babies. She started gaining weight at four months and now, at nine months, weighs 19.2 kg, when she should have been only around nine kilograms.
Dr Sandeep Aggarwal, a child specialist at a local civil hospital, who initially treated her before referring her to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in the city, said Chahat might be suffering from some hormonal problem or some kind of tumour.
“She must be treated as soon as possible as her weight is bound to increase as she grows,” he said.
Father, Suraj (23), who works at a cable operator shop, said he is finding it tough to meet the treatment expenses. Between his work and daily chores, he finds little time to take his daughter for treatment. His wife Renu (23) is a housewife and takes care of the baby.
Suraj said they had taken her to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, “but doctors were not cooperating”.
“I kept running from one corner to another,” he said, adding that he would go there again and also to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital on Monday.
Dr Aggarwal suggested that a change in Chahat’s diet and some physical activity might help. But regular treatment has to be done, he insisted.