An obese baby has baffled doctors as she tips the scales at nearly 3 stone.
Chahat Kumar was born an average weight but started ballooning in size at the age of four months.
Now eight months old, the baby weighs in at 38lbs (2.7 stones) – the same as an average four-year-old.
Dad Suraj Kumar, 23, from from Punjab, India, said: “When Chahat was born, she was completely normal. Then, slowly we saw that her weight was shooting up.
“Her weight is increasing day by day.”
HBoer parents are baffled by what is causing their daughter’s insatiable appetite and are now growing increasingly worried for Chahat’s health.
Chahat’s mother Reena, 21, explained: “Before Chahat, we had a son who died, and then Chahat was born. Now, we have a single child only and I don’t want to lose her. I am concerned about her health.”
Worried Reena, who lost her first baby in childbirth, estimates that Chahat eats four times the amount of food of a normal-sized child her age.
She said: “She doesn’t eat like a normal kid. She keeps eating all the time. If we don’t give her anything to eat, she starts crying.
“She cries to go out but her weight is too much and we are not able to pick her up. So we only take her to nearby places.”
Reena explained: “We don’t have enough money for her treatment but we do our best to make sure she gets well. But the problem is with her skin. Her skin is so hard that doctors have failed to take a sample from her body.”
The Kumar’s doctor, Vasudev Sharma confirmed that the difficulty with taking blood samples has made a medical diagnosis very difficult.
He said: “This is the first case I’ve seen in my life where a child’s weight has been shooting up so much four to five months after birth.”
“But the blood test couldn’t be carried out because the fat on the baby’s body was too much, and because of that, the blood test wasn’t done properly.
“We have tried it many times. Her skin is so hard that we can’t ever diagnose her condition.”
Dr Sharma has recommended that the family visit a Pediatric specialist at the Civil Hospital in Amritsar, but the family’s financial restraints has so far made this impossible.
But Dr Sharma is certain that Chahat’s growing size needs to be addressed.
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And while the family continue to search for answers, mum Reena dreams of her daughter having a brighter, lighter future.
She said: “We want Chahat to be able to play like normal kids. We don’t want her to have difficulties in the future.
“We want a good future for her.”