Thursday, October 1, 2009

19-Pound, 2-Foot Long Newborn Has 'Strong' Appetite

(MSNBC Summary)

Akbar Risuddin is definitely not a 'little' baby. Sure, he's a newborn, but compared to him, the other babies in the nursery look like burritos. Baby Akbar, or "the Great" in Arabic, is nearly 3-times the size of his baby friends and has a cry that sounds more like a roar. Weighing in at a whopping 19.2 pounds and measuring nearly 2-feet, this baby's appetite is also of epic proportions.

It's hard to imagine delivering a baby that is the size of a regular one-year-old toddler, but both mother and son are currently in good health. Doctors have pinned gestational diabetes as the cause for baby Akbar's massive size, which could have put his own health as well as his mother's at risk.

Gestational diabetes is quite common and occurs when women with no previous history of diabetes suddenly exhibit signs of diabetes during pregnancy. As a result, an excess of glucose is delivered to the baby, causing it to increase in size at an accelerated rate. In addition, both mother and child can go on to develop diabetes following the delivery. Fortunately, mother Ani and baby Akbar are both currently doing fine.

While Akbar's proud parents may have 'more to love' with this 'great' baby, father Muhammad said on Friday “I hope I can afford to feed the baby enough, because he needs more milk than other babies.” No kidding!

Read more about this amazing and massive baby in MSNBC's article "Whoa, baby! 19-pound boy is named Akbar" (Sept. 25, 2009).