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Potbellies and toddlers

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Children and potbellies


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

It is generally normal for toddlers to have potbellies. By the time a child reaches 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 swollen belly is accompanied by other symptoms (such as abdominal pain, fever , vomiting, or short stature), or if it appears suddenly swollen.

Medical conditions causing an enlarged liver or spleen can be serious and must be ruled out by your doctor.

Update Date: 5/21/2003

Elizabeth Hait, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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