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6mn old girl possible FTT?

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  • Posted By: eecame
  • October 23, 2007
  • 05:46 PM

My daughter is two days shy of 6 months and was one month premature. She was born 6lb 9oz, lost about 1 whole pound in the first couple days but gained it back before leaving the hospital. The whole preganancy had my wife in and out of the hospital with Hyperemesis Gravidarum so her nutrition and weigh gain was next to nothing (she lost about 30 lbs total).

Today by little girl weighs 10lb 7oz. Her length is good and head size is good but her weight gain is not on the standard growth chart.

She is taking meds for acid reflux which over the last couple months has stopped her excessive vommitting and spit-ups. She eats two full jars of stage one fruits and vegetables a day and nurses well every 3-4 hours.

She is very alert and active and is meeting all developmental milestones (aside from weight) and is very close to being mobile. And laughs and smiles constantly and show no signs of malnutirition or anything like that.

Her mom and maternal grandmother are both small. My wife's three other child (ages 6-11) are all small.

Our Dr. is ready to diagnose Failure to Thrive based soley on her weight and is heavily pushing formula (something we greatly oppose) and readying referalls to GI specialists and the like. This is my first baby and she totally has me paniced, especially after all the difficulties with the pregnancy.

But is doesn't seem right. Looking at the big picture it doesn't add up, her weight gain is drastically slow vs the "standard" but she's not losing weight. and as I said she extremely active and alert and feeds very well. Plus she matches her mother's family experiences and her siblings.

I have lost an incredible ammount of faith in the health care industry over the last few years but there is still a part of me that says "what if."

What do you all think?

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  • I agree. Have your wife have her thyroid checked. If it is low, and she breast feeds, that can be one cause of failure to thrive. The remedy then is to give your wife thyroid and the child will thrive...of course, this only works if your wife's thyroid is low or even if it is low normal you want her on thyroid. You wife can also pump up her diet with nutrition (have her study nutrition online) so the wee one benefits from mom's improved diet.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 08:32 AM
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  • She did have her thyroid checked recently because she does have other symptoms of a thyroid condition (My wife's Dr is also our pediatrician) and it came back negative.
    eecame 1 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 02:38 PM
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  • If your baby isn't losing any weight, just slowly gaining, than she really just might be tiny. She'll probably catch up eventually. I wouldn't worry too much if she's hitting normal developmental milestones.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 03:30 PM
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  • No, don't tell me negative. You need to give the numbers. And you need to get copies of all your blood work from now on. Are they low normal? If low-normal or low, then the thyroid med will help with FTT if mom is breast feeding: The child needs thyroid tests. http://edrv.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/edrv;22/5/605http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000991.htm
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 25, 2007
    • 00:43 AM
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