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Children and potbellies

Question:

Is there any reason to worry about a child's potbelly?

Answer:

It is generally normal for toddlers to have potbellies. By the time children reach school age, the potbelly usually disappears and their bodies seem more proportionate.

The belly should feel soft and NOT tender. There is nothing to worry about unless a potbelly the child also has other symptoms such as:

  • Belly pain
  • Fever
  • Hard or firm-feeling belly
  • Short stature
  • Swollen belly
  • Vomiting

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    Question:

    Is there any reason to worry about a child's potbelly?

    Answer:

    It is generally normal for toddlers to have potbellies. By the time children reach school age, the potbelly usually disappears and their bodies seem more proportionate.

    The belly should feel soft and NOT tender. There is nothing to worry about unless a potbelly the child also has other symptoms such as:

    • Belly pain
    • Fever
    • Hard or firm-feeling belly
    • Short stature
    • Swollen belly
    • Vomiting

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Review Date: 2/21/2013  

Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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