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Infant with Multiple Symptoms But No Diagnosis

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  • Posted By: whatshappenin
  • September 10, 2009
  • 06:08 AM

My child is 7 months old and has multiple symptoms that so far, have not resulted in a diagnosis. She has undergone many tests and has been hospitalized for more testing.

At 7 months she is considered "failure to thrive" as she has difficulties gaining weight and is on a high calorie formula. She weighs almost 13 pounds and is approximately 26 inches long. She has a weak suck and does not drink much per feeding - only about 3 to 4 ounces.

She has hypotonia (muscle weakness) and cannot sit, hold her head up well (although this has improved greatly in the last few months) and is unable to do most of what other babies do at the same age.

She is developmentally delayed physically, but mentally and emotionally is right on target.

There is no family history of any similar condition.

Thus far, we have ruled out brain damage, brain malformation, cystic fibrosis, myotonic dystrophy, heart damage/deformation, metabolic issues, and Prader-Willi syndrome.

No issues during pregnancy. No alcohol, no drugs, no smoking at all during pregnancy. Normal birth weight.

We are thinking possible muscular dystrophy, but do not have any answers yet from doctors. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Your input would be very much appreciated.

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  • I would mistrust her food. It may be damaging her small intestine, so that nutrients are not taken up. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coeliac_disease for an idea of how this might work. It may also be soy, for example. Google all ingredients .. You may want to see my comment at http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=63429 - not related but I explained there how well a Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM) doctor helped us. Don't wait to the last before you try that :)
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies
    • September 10, 2009
    • 09:24 AM
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  • The symptoms you describe do sound like Cerebral Palsy. You say you have ruled out brain damage, but I have seen many reports of children with symptoms where the MRI showed no damage at all. I'm not saying it is CP, but you shouldn't rule it out based on an MRI. Mind you, I have no medical background, I'm just a parent of a child with CP - with no symptoms to speak of, yet
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 10, 2009
    • 10:53 PM
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  • My child is 7 months old and has multiple symptoms that so far, have not resulted in a diagnosis. She has undergone many tests and has been hospitalized for more testing. At 7 months she is considered "failure to thrive" as she has difficulties gaining weight and is on a high calorie formula. She weighs almost 13 pounds and is approximately 26 inches long. She has a weak suck and does not drink much per feeding - only about 3 to 4 ounces. She has hypotonia (muscle weakness) and cannot sit, hold her head up well (although this has improved greatly in the last few months) and is unable to do most of what other babies do at the same age. She is developmentally delayed physically, but mentally and emotionally is right on target. There is no family history of any similar condition. Thus far, we have ruled out brain damage, brain malformation, cystic fibrosis, myotonic dystrophy, heart damage/deformation, metabolic issues, and Prader-Willi syndrome. No issues during pregnancy. No alcohol, no drugs, no smoking at all during pregnancy. Normal birth weight. We are thinking possible muscular dystrophy, but do not have any answers yet from doctors. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Your input would be very much appreciated.Hi, I am sorry to hear about your daughter's symptoms. I know how difficult & frustrating it is to know something is wrong, but not be able to get an answer. You just want to give it a name. Has she been tested for SMA (Spinal muscular Atrophy)? It sounds to me like this is a possibility, ask about it. I wish you the best of luck & hope everything works out for you & your family.~ tj's mom
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2009
    • 02:09 AM
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