# What does 15th percentile mean for babies?

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## What is a healthy baby percentile?

What’s the Ideal Percentile for My Child? There is no one ideal number. Healthy children come in all shapes and sizes, and a baby who is in the 5th percentile can be just as healthy as a baby who is in the 95th percentile.

## When should I be concerned about my baby’s percentile?

A normal rate of growth means the child’s growth points closely follow a percentile line on the chart. We usually don’t worry about insufficient (or excessive) growth until a child’s growth rate has crossed at least two percentile lines (e.g., from above the 90th percentile to below the 50th).

## What is a good percentile for baby height?

Any number between the fifth percentile and the 95th is considered normal. Whether the measurements are high or low, they should follow a consistent curve over the first year.

## Is 50th percentile good?

The higher the percentile number, the bigger your baby is compared to other babies her same age. If your baby is in the 50th percentile for length, that means she falls right in the middle of the pack. To chart your baby’s growth at home, try our growth percentile calculator.

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## What does it mean if my baby is in the 98th percentile?

To be clear on the math, sometimes you may hear of a child being at the 98th percentile of growth. That means they’re bigger than 98% of children, with just 2% of kids bigger than them (98+2 = 100).

## Do babies stay on the same percentile?

A small or large baby may be perfectly healthy. Also, babies have growth spurts and fluctuations in their rate of weight gain. Therefore, your baby might not remain at the same percentile for weight or height every time you bring them to the doctor for a well-baby visit.

## Do baby percentiles matter?

A healthy child can fall anywhere on the chart. A lower or higher percentile doesn‘t mean there is something wrong with your baby. Regardless of whether your child is in the 95th or 15th percentile, what matters is that she or he is growing at a consistent rate over time.

## Is it normal for baby to drop percentile?

We found that they go all over the place. From birth to 12 months, about two-thirds of the children fell by at least one percentile line with respect to weight (meaning they went from the 10th to fifth percentile, for example, or the 90th to 75th). More than one-third dropped by at least two lines.