Discussions By Condition: I cannot get a diagnosis.

toddler can't grow

Posted In: I cannot get a diagnosis. 11 Replies
  • Posted By: mcfowler06
  • January 17, 2010
  • 11:54 PM

my son is 21 months old and stopped growing at about one year old. all of his thyroid and hormone tests are normal and his calorie counts have been evaluated at more than sufficient. they keep testing and testing and scoping and probing and nothing.. they finally found that some of his small intestine is inflamed and he has a high white count. but there's nothing else to help. he is developmentally on track in every area except growth. even his head hasn't grown. please help!

Reply Flag this Discussion

11 Replies:

  • http://www.magicfoundation.org/www/docs/50.1214I would have said thyroid, but you said they checked that soooo I looked up this website for you. Maybe it will help you in your search and calm your nerves a little. I have three sons so I know what being a worried mom is and your worries are not unfounded. But you will be at your pique when you are ready...take a deep breath, accept that something even if unknown) is wrong and that it can be treated because having a child w/ a new disease or ailment is more unheard of than the most rare of diseases or ailments. They will find out what it is. There is a goal of your physician, there is an answer. You will be the best helper by doing the research as often as possible and making any new suggestion you can to your MD. They are bright people, but people non the less. Keep that in mind and try not to do as I did (my son had a gland problem)...I thought my doctor should know and should have a crystal ball in his office. Sometimes they have to do as much research as you. But answers will be found and must be found. Anything else is unacceptable to you and your child and believe it or not, to the doc. It is his oath to make a better quality of life. If he isn't cutting it, please find yourself a doc who will give you peace of mind by telling you that he will find an answer. Meanwhile, continue being the great mom you obviously are, love that sweet baby, and thank God your baby may be small but is most definately living and able to receive the care you you will lovingly find. I hope this helps some. I'll keep searching for you more options too. Please keep me posted on how it goes. Stephaniemy son is 21 months old and stopped growing at about one year old. all of his thyroid and hormone tests are normal and his calorie counts have been evaluated at more than sufficient. they keep testing and testing and scoping and probing and nothing.. they finally found that some of his small intestine is inflamed and he has a high white count. but there's nothing else to help. he is developmentally on track in every area except growth. even his head hasn't grown. please help!
    hi_imstephanie 8 Replies
    • January 18, 2010
    • 00:13 AM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • my son is 21 months old and stopped growing at about one year old. all of his thyroid and hormone tests are normal and his calorie counts have been evaluated at more than sufficient. they keep testing and testing and scoping and probing and nothing.. they finally found that some of his small intestine is inflamed and he has a high white count. but there's nothing else to help. he is developmentally on track in every area except growth. even his head hasn't grown. please help!Have the child tested for celiac sprue. My bowels were inflamed before I was diagnosed. Short stature and failure to thrive are two of the symptoms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 18, 2010
    • 03:46 AM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • my son is 21 months old and stopped growing at about one year old. all of his thyroid and hormone tests are normal and his calorie counts have been evaluated at more than sufficient. they keep testing and testing and scoping and probing and nothing.. they finally found that some of his small intestine is inflamed and he has a high white count. but there's nothing else to help. he is developmentally on track in every area except growth. even his head hasn't grown. please help! Have the child tested for celiac. I have it and am 4-5 inches shorter than the rest of my family. Also failure to thrive is a symptom of celiac.
    cozynana 39 Replies
    • January 18, 2010
    • 06:32 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • You may want to consider taking him to a geneticist.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 18, 2010
    • 06:58 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • As the other posters have suggested:It may be a genetic problem and I agree you may want to see a geneticist. Celiac is a possibility too.However, I have another idea to think about as well. High white blood cell counts indicate the immune system is highly active and involved in this somehow. The fact that there are some intestional issues going on also suggest a problem involving the immune system. Much of the immune system is found in our intestines. I would look into what could be causing an immune system reaction. Was the child vaccinated? It could be a vaccine reaction, particularly if vaccinated at birth and if the immune system was compromised to begin with. The purpose of vaccines is to cause an immune reaction within the recipient, however the physician never or at best very very rarely considers the recipient's ability to handle the immune system reaction before giving the vaccine. The Hepatitis B vaccine given at birth is particularly damaging since babies are born without immune systems and hepatitis B is a sexually transmitted disease and completely unnecessary in the majority of infants. (Unless the mother suffers from Hepatitis which could be easily determined by a simple bood test prior to birth.) Vaccine reactions present in countless ways, not just autism. It could also be another vaccine given some other time after birth, when did the symptoms start? Did you receive antibiotics during the pregnancy or birth? It is possible the antibiotics (which kill bad AND good bacteria in the gut) compromised the immune system even further which allowed a pathogen to take hold. If you were given antibiotics did you ever replenish the good bacteria with probiotics? Your personal dose is the dose just below the dose where you get diarrhea. We all have different needs for dosing. It could also be a problem with enzymes, have the doctors looked into this? Perhaps the baby is not digesting food properly and not assimilating vitamins and minerals needed for growth and proper immune system functioning. The white blood cell count and intestional issues are very important clues. It would be no wonder the child is not growing if his/her body is putting all of his/her resources in trying to stay alive either by fighting a pathogen of some sort or dealing with intestional/digestive issues, or some other reason. Many if not all of the things I mentioned, and the other posters, should be easy to rule out by blood tests, genetic testing, and other tests. Don't let doctors tell you no for an answer. You must be your child's advocate and you must keep pushing for an answer. Research everything you can on your own, there's a lot of info out there. If your doctor doesn't come up with the answer and won't work to find one, fire him/her and find another. You are paying for a service, if the doctor doesn't know it's his/her responsiblity to find out. Don't let any doctor belittle you either. Some doctors have egos the size of football fields and try to belittle their patients when the patient makes a good/valid point that they should have come up with themselves. Just remember your goal is to help your baby.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2010
    • 03:09 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • I am going through exactly the same thing as u the only difference is my son is 18 months old and he was tested for celieac it came back negative but he also has high white blood cell count and a inflamed intestine. the next step is to go in with a scope look around and take samples for biopsy. im the same as u looking for support and help
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 4, 2010
    • 07:23 AM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • Have the child tested for celiac sprue. My bowels were inflamed before I was diagnosed. Short stature and failure to thrive are two of the symptoms.If it was celiac he would have loose bowels after eating
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • If it was celiac he would have loose bowels after eating No that is untrue.. they have been finding that celiac disease dont always give diarrhea. That is a myth.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am too am going through the same thing. My daughter is 2 3/4 and hasn't grown since she was about 1. She is fine in every other department, coordinated and smart. We tested thyroid and other things. We found her anemic and white blood cell count off. We tested for celiac, but it was negative. My daughter is constipated, not runny, but that too is sometimes the case with this disease. She wasn't eating much wheat before the test and so we are going to test again after 3 months of wheat free diet. Please post if you learned anything about his condition.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 12, 2010
    • 06:34 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • , accept that something even if unknown) is wrong and that it can be treated because having a child w/ a new disease or ailment is more unheard of than the most rare of diseases or ailments. Stephanie... it isnt uncommon at all for children who have more uncommon things not to be diagnosed and get treated!! I myself have CFS/ME and know of MANY children who have that disorder and many of them suffer heaps and dont end up with diagnoses till they are adults. my own child nearly died and needed resusitation due to a haemorrage.. doctors didnt work out what was the cause of it (they called the police as they thought it was a child abuse case) .. they didnt find out the actual medical cause of it until 16 years later!!! It takes a specialist who is familiar or knows about an illness.. before one can be diagnosed and treated. There are sooo many different unusual diseases etc.. so MANY children dont get diagnosed and some even die (some of those parents have ended up here in desperation and ended up loosing children) cause doctors cant work it out............ i think many people who havent had children with unusual issues.. dont have a clue just how hard it is to get a diagnoses and have the child treated when it comes to very uncommon things. Its something in which one has to be in that boat onself to realise just how much of that is going on....... i havent read all the posts on this thread yet.. im so hoping the original poster found out what was wrong and that it was treatable.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • September 13, 2010
    • 06:28 AM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • I am too am going through the same thing. My daughter is 2 3/4 and hasn't grown since she was about 1. She is fine in every other department, coordinated and smart. We tested thyroid and other things. We found her anemic and white blood cell count off. We tested for celiac, but it was negative. My daughter is constipated, not runny, but that too is sometimes the case with this disease. She wasn't eating much wheat before the test and so we are going to test again after 3 months of wheat free diet. Please post if you learned anything about his condition.Test your girl for Turner Syndrome. That does not apply for the boy, but it may help the girl. If positive do not despair. With growth hormone you can achieve a comfortable high. An do not believe in the descriptions that say mental retardation is associated with Turner. I had a friend in Medical school that was Turner.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2010
    • 08:02 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • Complications of Crohn’s Disease

    Recognize the risks associated with Crohn’s disease.

    8 Surprising Facts About Cholesterol

    Did you know that one in six US adults has high cholesterol?

Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.