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weight/height and developmental delay in 2 year old

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  • Posted By: doula123
  • October 20, 2006
  • 00:11 PM

my son is 2,5 years old and he is still only 19 lbs and hasn't grown in the last 18 months. he is only 24 inchs tall. His co-ordination isn't good and has very slow speech. He did not sit up untill he was 9 months old and he didn't walk untill he was 18 months.
it doesn't matter how much he eats he doesn't put any weight on.He cannot poo without lactulose.

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  • If you haven't already - see a doctor - a specialist - stat. This is very unusual - 24 inches is incredibly small for 2.5 years old. Not so worried aboutt he 19 lbs - that's small, yes, but not horrible - although the lack of any weight gain in 18 months is unusual. Truly it's the 24 inches that worries me. His development may be on the slower side - but they all progress in their own way - a doctor could let you know if his coordination is truly a sign of some other problem. I would imagine you're already working with a doctor through your son's well baby visits, yes? If he/she isn't answering your questions for you, I'd suggest seeing a different physician and trying to see a specialist about his growth issues.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 29, 2006
    • 11:28 PM
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  • You should also have your DR check to see that there is no blood in the stool. Does your child act crabby almost flu like symptoms at times? Mine did and we found out he was milk and soy protien intollerant. My Ped GI said if we would not have diagnosed when we did it could have affected his mental ability. I would get this checked out ASAP.
    junebugboo 2 Replies
    • October 31, 2006
    • 01:50 AM
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  • Failure to thrive in children, especially babies is commonly associated with celiac disease. I would urge you to look into this. After 8 months of wondering why I kept losing weight no matter how much I ate, my mom was looking into digestive diseases and she found celiac. It is the MOST misdiagnosed disease in America, and one in 133 people have it. Celiac Disease in general: http://www.healthtouch.com/bin/EContent_HT/cnoteShowLfts.asp?fname=00518&title=CELIAC+DISEASE+&cid=HTHLTHCeliac disease in babies (from Canada): http://www.penny.ca/Celiacchild.htmAnother celiac website: http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_fit/nutrition/failure_thrive.htmlNow I'm not saying this is what your child has, but I do think that it might be something you yourself investigate, as it is very hard for doctors to think to diagnose celiac on their own (because there are so many symptoms). God bless.
    brooke77 2 Replies
    • October 31, 2006
    • 03:11 PM
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  • I have a friend whose child had similar symptoms and several misdiagnoses. Ultimately, he was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disease. Mitochondrial diseases have to do with the way the cells metabolize energy (food). There are many types of mito diseases. My friend had to go through much research and wade through many other possibilities. She took her son to Emory for a fresh muscle tissue biopsy, the most reliable way to define his condition. Although she still struggles with her son's health issues daily, she says that the best thing to ever happen was to get a diagnosis so that appropriate treatment could begin and many questions were answered.This may not be your child's problem, but if you keep coming up empty, don't give up. Keep searching for answers and good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 05:45 AM
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  • Your baby needs referal to an endocrinologist. He may have a growth hormone problem. An endocrinolgist could also suggest who else to see if this proves fruitless. With such short stature, he may suffer dwarfism and you will need to get him the required treatment.All the bestAgape,searchingsam
    searchingsam 54 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 06:05 AM
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