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Help! Failure to thrive undiagnosed 9-month old

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  • Posted By: Rcbarber
  • August 22, 2011
  • 01:12 AM

Long story short (hopefully!)-- I have a 9 month old little girl that has been diagnosed as failure to thrive since she was approximately 2 months old. She is less than 1% on growth chart for height and weight but 50% for head. She is also developmentally delayed with her gross motor skills (cant sit up or bear weight on feet). We have done the following test: echo, bronchoscope, MRI of spine and head, blood work for thyroid disorders, immuglobin test, complete genetic workup, and sweat test for CF. The only thing that came back NOT normal was that she has a PDA in her heart and a floppy epiglottis neither of which so serious that it would cause FTT. Her sleep is good but eating is sporatic meaning she'll eat good for 2 weeks then not good for 2 weeks. Also constantly constipated. Anyone have any suggestions for us? We have plans to see a ped GI dr. next week and neurologist and endo in near future but I am fearful they won't have the answer either! Any advice or similar situations would be much appreciated!

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  • It almost sounds like allergies, going to the Pediatric GI and endocrinologist sound like the right way to go. I would try and find a local Developmental Pediatrician, since they deal with children with all types of delays - maybe he could provide some help for your child or popint you in the right direction. Hang in there, you are doing everything you can.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 23, 2011
    • 07:56 PM
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  • Hello. I had 3 kids with failure to thrive, and they were later diagnosed with bartter's syndrome. It is a kidney problem, that causes severe electrolyte imbalances. The best test is to check the electrolytes.
    mandyhennis 3 Replies
    • August 30, 2011
    • 05:19 AM
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  • Have her checked out for Celiac Sprue. This sounds alot like my grandson and another gal in our small town. Make sure you ask for the genetic DNA testing. I had to go through 4 different tests before they found out I have the HLA DQ2 genetic celiac gene. I have had symptoms since I was a kid and diagnosed at 54. Good luck.
    cozynana 39 Replies
    • September 24, 2011
    • 10:32 PM
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