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July 2nd, 2007, 06:21 PM
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: North Carolina
Well, as I feared, Anna did not gain hardly any weight since her 12 month well visit two months ago. She is now 17 lbs, 9 oz, farther below the charts than she was before. There is no percentile for her anymore, and the doctor is toying with the idea of officially declaring her FTT.
She said that she is so far below the chart now that she would consider sending us over to the children's hospital in the city to have a full evaluation. She said we could go home today, but that she would call the specialist over there first thing in the morning to get her opinion. At this point, she considers Anna's condition "Urgent" in that she may be close to the point where her weight begins to affect her physical and intellectual development. She told us several times that she is not an alarmist by nature, but in this case, she says more drastic measures are needed.
Once she talks to the specialist at the children's hospital, we will do one of two things: 1) Be admitted to the hospital and go through a bunch of test and observations to determine if there is any more to her low weight other than just pickiness and stubborness; or 2) Have a nutritionist come to our house and observe how we feed her and also be referred to a GI specialist to rule out any physical digestive problems she may have. Did any of you have to go through something as aggressive as being admitted to a hospital?? I don't know if it is standard in our situation, or if it's just the fact that we have a children's hospital down the road with this eating program that our dotor figures we could take advantage of.
I can't believe it has come to this. I was nervous about her weight, but I had no idea that if the weight gain goal wasn't met for this weight check that it meant all of this. DH and I are sick over it. Just sick. How did we get here?? How have we failed?? Honestly, I am racking my brain to figure out what the hell I could have done differently, and I just don't see it. I don't understand. It seems as though Anna is intentionally starving herself. I offer her more food than she ever eats. I offer her her old familiar favorites with every meal as well as something new to see if she'll like it. I've tried changing her eating environment, her eating schedule, everything. Seriously, everything. I can't think of one more thing we could possibly do.
I mean, I had to hear today that my baby might need to be admitted to the hospital over this!! I'm finding out in the morning what is going to happen. I don't know why this has happened. I just don't. I have no answers. This is my baby!
ETA: Here is her growth curve...
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