Meet Durban’s five-kilogram newborn

2014-08-22 00:00

Newborn is 62 cm-long and wears clothes made for a three-month-old

A BOY weighing more than five kilograms born at Netcare’s Parklands Hospital is Durban’s biggest baby so far this year and already wears clothes made for a three-months-old.

Baby Seth tips the scales at a whopping 5,18 kg and is already 62 cm long. He was born on August 18.

Mom, Kim Vere from Sherwood, said Seth’s size had came as no surprise as her first baby weighed 4,3 kg.

“I knew he was going to be big. My tummy had grown more than anything and his sister, who now is four, was also a big baby,” she said.

Vere said Seth is happy and healthy.

“He just does what babies do, eats, sleeps and poops. But when he is awake, he is quite alert,” she said.

Vere said she had to put Seth straight into clothes for three-month-old babies and he wears a size-two nappy.

“He has quite an appetite. I have to breast feed, formula feed and even feed him water and none of these clothes fit.”

Yesterday, hospital spokesperson Shoneeze Franks said Seth was their biggest baby so far this year. “When he was just delivered, the gynaecologist's assistant was like, ‘Wow, this is a big baby!’,” Vere said.

Gynaecologist Doctor Balagaru Naidoo said there had been no complications, despite the baby’s size.

Vere who delivered in her 38th week via Caesarean section was released from hospital on Tuesday.

THE biggest baby ever recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records is a boy born to a giantess named Anna Haining Swan (1846 - 1888). The baby boy was born on January 19, 1879 and unfortunately died soon after.

Weight: 10,8 kg

Length: 76,2 cm

Birth: Natural, home birth

The third biggest in the world was a girl born in March 2007 and she’s South African. She’s also the heaviest baby ever recorded to be born at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. Chesner Abels was so big that her mother, Cathleen Abels was convinced that she was pregnant with twins. —

Weight: 7,3 kg

Birth: Natural

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