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6 month old baby failure to thrive

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 5, 2007
  • 01:35 PM

Hello i am a single mother of two beautiful boys. I have a healthy 4 year old a a 6month old who was born 6 lbs but is now only 10 lbs. He cannot gain weight as much as he eats he eats 45 ounces a milk a day at least. He also has RSV has already had pnemounia in his left lung 2 ear infections and the flu. The doctors were supposed to do genetic mutation but havent and i dont know what to do i just want my infant to gain weight his thyroid and metabolic panels came out ok they ruled out cystic fibrosis. But something is wrong with my baby they actually accused me of underfeeding him then they accused me of over feeding him what do i do

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  • I am sorry to hear about your baby's problem. There is nothing more difficult when you don't know the cause of his problem and they can't communicate with you! Are you breastfeeding? Are you giving him formula? Could have an allergy to formula and trying a different kind may help...is he taking solids yet? Does he have a good appetite? How are his stools? I had a friend who had a sickly baby, and she gave him colostrum. You can find this at the health food store. New Life Symbiotics makes a colostrum capsule and you can break open and put in his milk. This is a natural food from New Zealand cows. Very fortifying, and would be worth trying. I would give him as much as you can and see if it helps. If your doctor is accusing you of anything - time to get another doctor. Keep pushing for tests and I wish you the best of luck.
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 5, 2007
    • 03:11 PM
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  • I would say, change doctors, also get a pediatric nutritionist who is willing to take his/her time to go over with you and see how you can improve your baby's nutrition. I don't know a whole lot about babies, but I don't know if you can sustain a baby on milk. Cow's milk does not provide everything he needs to regulate functions such as thyroid functions.Take Care- I am sorry it is being so stressful for you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2007
    • 03:27 PM
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  • Has the baby been evaluated for celiac disease???
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 08:12 PM
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  • Has the baby been evaluated for celiac disease???Good question. Babies are not to be given wheat until they are 6 month old.I have a question for Mom:Mom, did you eat enough eggs while pregnant? During the pregnancy- the nutrients from the egg and other animal products are used by the body to create the baby's mental path. Lack of those nutrients will cause babies not to thrive. Deficiency here might be the key- but what one is to focus on now is reversing this condition.Check with a nutritionist- get one with a real back bone- so he/she can look to see if that is the problem.Different babies have different needs- I am sorry about the accusations from the doctors.Love to you and Baby.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 09:25 PM
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  • does your little one have a hernia? does he throw up his feedings?
    lorena 10 Replies
    • January 15, 2007
    • 01:52 AM
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  • hey i have a 9 month old that weights only 13 pounds and i am really scaried cause my doctor wants to run test on him to see why he is not gainning weight. he eats baby food all the time and he drinks his bottle every 4 hrs. i just dont understand why he is not gainning weight. and then the dr keeps asking me over and over if i feed him. my son was born sick. so i just wanted to know what it is
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2010
    • 05:26 PM
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  • hey i have a 9 month old that weights only 13 pounds and i am really scaried cause my doctor wants to run test on him to see why he is not gainning weight. he eats baby food all the time and he drinks his bottle every 4 hrs. i just dont understand why he is not gainning weight. and then the dr keeps asking me over and over if i feed him. my son was born sick. so i just wanted to know what it isyou ladies need to see a pediatric GI specialist for your babies. There are SOOOO many things that can cause failure to thrive. Some are very subtle and a pediatric GI would know more than a ped, or GP. Have they run motility testing? Gastric emptying scans? Feeding evaluations? Swallow study? Ph Probe for reflux? barium swallow to check for reflux/aspirations? Then there are all kinds of metabolic testings, digestive issues, absorption issues, etc. My child has significant neurological issues that affect every system, and without the right doctors behind you, your time is being wasted. If you don't trust your doctors, find a new one!! My child is fed through a feeding tube into his intestines. He was fed into his stomach, until his stomach shut down and could no longer tolerate anything in it. Even it's own digestive juices, so had to switch to intest ines through a Jtube. I think you need to find a doctor who will listen, do a proper assessment and testing, to find out what is going on
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 18, 2011
    • 08:03 PM
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