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I started taking Savannah in to the doc. when her belly started to stick out... but she wasn't eating much.. That was around one year I took her in complaining of her eating habits, her lack of weight gain, etc.... probably every 2-3 months untill the following happened. I kept being told that she was fine and just small in nature. She wasn't diagnosed with 'Failure to Thrive' untill she went lathargic and I rushed her into the ER at age 2yrs and 3 months, she was 21lbs and loosing, while in the hospital she got down to 19lbs. She has kept this diagnoisis since that day (re-diagnosed every time we visit the GI).
I had a doc. in the ER (after she was diagnosed) say to me that a child doesn't 'stay' 'failure to thrive', so I made a point to make sure everytime that I get the GI to tell me and write down his current diagnosis of her condition. It aggervates me that docotors are so put out about a child being considered failure to thrive. It makes me want to yell in their faces, saying ' you don't consider only eating 300cal a day or less failure to thrive'? People including some doctors think you can just force 700-800 more cal. down a childs throat, it just doesn't work like that. (well Savannah does now take 700+ cal a day through pediasure)
Sorry to go on and on... its just still a sore subject for me.
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Paige started losing weight immediately after birth. She dropped down to 4lbs 2oz (from 5lbs 5oz at birth). They admitted her to the hospital at around 1 week old and that is when they started saying FTT.
Our doctors are useless. We have 9 specialists for a list of things and it seems like we don't find out about anything until it's past time to do anythign about it.
Weight has been an issue for Carrie since the week after she was born. She lost more then she was suppsoed to, she has such a light appetite that there were MONTHS that I could only get 6oz into her a day. They told me at her 9 mo appt that "someone" should have had us altering her formula to get more calories. We're just starting to work on her lack of sucking reflex (finally got someone to listen to us about her needing the therepy). Now we're trying to get 1200 cals a day into a child who can't swallow (cause of her sucking relfex and sppech therepy). GRRR So basically no one said anythign about it, though there were many chances to have said something. Now they're panicking it's an urgent need. Nutritionalists, speech therepy, GI specialists, special diets... etc. GRRR
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