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Potbellies and toddlers

Alternative Names

Children and potbellies

Information

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:

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.