A 14-pound baby boy born in Utah may be on track to be the largest newborn in the U.S., ABC News reported on Nov. 1 as details about the big baby were released.
The 14-pound baby, named Joel Brandon Jr., or “J.J.” for short, was delivered by cesarean section last May, shocking everyone, including the parents and doctors, by his large size, which is almost double that of most newborns. Doctors had estimated that the baby would weigh about 11 pounds at birth but instead he tipped the scales at exactly 14 pounds.
The 14-pound baby’s mom, Sara Brandon, has type 1 diabetes, which can contribute to excessive growth in an unborn baby. Still, a 14-pound baby is extremely rare, because usually a doctor will induce labor if a baby appears oversize, said Brandon’s doctor, Dr. Robert Barbieri, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Young J.J.’s first days were rocky and he spent nearly two weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit because of lung problems. But since then, the 14-pound baby has blossomed. At his four-month checkup, J.J. weighed 23 pounds, the New York Daily News reported.
The 14-pound baby could become the heaviest baby born in the U.S. in 2013, as it might be hard to top that weight. A baby girl in Pennsylvania came close to beating J.J., weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces, KSL.com reported. But the title of heaviest baby in the world seems to belong to a baby named George King in England, who was born at 15 pounds, 7 ounces, the Daily Mail reported.
While it may be fun and interesting to see these super-size babies, doctors are worried, NBC News reported, because of the health risks posed to both mother and baby, including tearing and even bone fractures.