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Failure to Thrive?

Posted In: Infant conditions 7 Replies
  • Posted By: eecame
  • October 23, 2007
  • 05:03 PM

My daughter is just shy of Six months and currently weighs 10lb 7oz.

She was born one month pre-mature at 6lbs 8oz dropped to 5lbs something in the first couple days.

She's not losing weight but her gaining is below the standard chart. Her length is good for her age as is her head size.

She is very alert and very active and meeting all her milstones... she very close to being mobile too. She eats well, two full jars of stage 1 foods a day and nurses every 3-4 hours.

She does have acid reflux disease which was causing an abnormal amount of vommiting and spit-ups but medication has curtailed this weeks ago.

My wife's three other children are all small and didn't gain according to the standard charts and they are still quite skinny. My wife is small, and her mom is small.

Our doctor is pushing FTT on us and wants us to switch to formula (which we don't want to do) and suggesting a referal to a GI. She's not taking these factors into account and is strictly looking at weight.

Does this sound right? She looks healthy, is always smiling and active and is always looking around and exploring things and sucking on her toes and grabbing for this and that and pulling hte dogs and cats ears whenever they're foolish enough to get to close.

I just don't see any other reason to be this concerned but yet the Dr. has me scared out of my mind (yes, I'm a first time daddy, hehe, aside from my step kids who were 4 at the youngest I came around, hehe).

The whole pregnancy has been miserable with trips in an out of the hospital (my wife had hyperemeis gravidarum) and the delivery almost killed them both. And now this.

Is a red flag warranted?

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