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failure to thrive

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 2, 2006
  • 11:32 PM

I have a 33 month old daughter. At her last doctors visit I mentioned her small size and lack of growth. Her weight is 23 lbs. her height is about 32 inches.I was sent to an endocrinologist,but was told that she had no other signs of any growth disorders.She has been checked for thyroid levels that came back normal.She eats alot,with a wide variety of foods (so it is not due to poor nutrition).I just wonder if something is being missed, or is she just small for her age with no real health issue.I don't want to worry for nothing,but other people(strangers) are starting to make comments about her size(she is so tiny)any info or input would be helpful.

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  • Hi, LAM! I too have a very small daughter. She is 38 months and weighs about 28 pounds. Granted, she was 2 months premature, but even if she were full term she would have only been about 5 pounds due to intrauterine growth restriction. This is what I have come to understand. My daughter was always in the 'less than 5th percentile' in both height and weight, however, when plotted on a graph during successive visits, the values always increased (that is, she always gained some weight or grew taller each time, unless she had been sick of course). I have read that no matter where they are on those 'official' charts, as long as their weight and height increase with time they are doing OK. My daughter, weightwise, will probably never be in the 50th percentile or even the 25th percentile. :) When she was a baby, I did worry a little, but when I saw that she actually was growing :) I decided to stop worrying. I am glad that you took the initiative to see an endocrinologist, but i bet that your baby is just small. As long as she is gaining in height/weight and is not developmentally delayed, i would put your worries on a back burner for now. I hope this helps you! Ps was she diagnosed as "failure to thrive"? And, also, won't strangers just drive you nuts with their "helpful" comments? Lol, i got a lot of those too. All i could respond with is, "yes, she IS tiny".
    achildress 2 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 02:47 PM
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  • Thanks so much for your reply.She was diagnosed with failure to thrive.She was a normal size (7lbs.8oz. 21 in.long).at birth, she just hasn't had much growth, one pound in 11 months.I guess I worry to much,my second child was born with a birth defect (cleft lip/palate) so I feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes with all the doctors appointments and health issues, and think,they can't both have something wrong with their health.Anyway I'll take your advice and wait it out.I really don't want to overreact I just want to make sure that I'm doing everything to insure she is healthy.Thanks again.:D
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 11:48 PM
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