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August 15th, 2007, 03:56 PM
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My youngest son was born 26 1/2 months ago at 34 weeks... he weighed 5lbs 1 1/4 oz and its been a struggle since then to gain weight..

we saw his ped today for a follow up and he weighed in at 24 lbs.. the same as he did 6 months ago and is only 33.5 inches...

I get so many people commenting on "how tiny he is" how "he looks to small to walk" and even had one lady recently ask me.. "how do you make them THAT small:

as if I didnt already feel like failure enough ... that certainly rubs salt in wounds....

the ped today said we see a dietician in a few weeks and see what supplements to try this time..

something maybe to mix in his food this time because he is eating Good foods and they dont want to ruin that.. UGH

Thanks for listening
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August 16th, 2007, 09:38 AM
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Welcome to the board.

Some of the first suggestions we got from nutritionists were to add butter, sour cream, ranch dressing or cream of mushroom soup to foods to increase calories. It's hard at this age because they want to feed themselves and all those suggestions are pretty messy.

I think most of us can relate to the comments from people, so you aren't alone there either. I hope to see more of you around.
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August 18th, 2007, 08:25 AM
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Welcome!

I know exactly how you feel with those comments. It drives me crazy. Sometimes I wish I could wear a sign that read, "Yes, I know my baby is small! Get over it!"

Lisa made some good suggestions. Other things I have added are olive oil and even corn syrup to applesauce! Hopefully the dietician will have some good advice for you as well.
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August 24th, 2007, 07:23 AM
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Hi, I'm new the board, too, and also have a FTT toddler.

Alex will be 2 next month and was born at 35 weeks (4 lbs 14 oz). He has grown, but VERY slowly. He is still wearing 12 month-size clothes. We tried adding the sugar, creams, etc, but he hated it. What he will take is heavy whipping cream in his milk and polycose powder. Polycose is pure calories but tasteless. We can even mix it in water and he'll drink it. I just can't tell if any of this is helping yet. He goes back next month for his recheck with the developmental peds. If he hasn't grown significantly, then we start looking for celiac (sp?) disease, taking biopsies, etc.

I'm scared to death. I don't think he has grown that much since his last appointment in June. I'm petite and so was my husband until he hit his 20's, so our families keep thinking the doctors are overreacting, but I look at other children half his age who already weigh more than he does and it bothers me.

It doesn't help that my husband is suppose to be on a low cholesterol diet, so trying to fix one meal for both of them is a nightmare. He claims to want to eat healthy, but rarely does, and the only things we can consistently get Alex to eat are fruits and cheese! ARG!

Thanks for listening - I needed to vent.

Behl
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August 25th, 2007, 12:15 AM
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Hello,

I am new to the boards. My DD, Amelia has been falling off the charts since about 6mths. She just turned a year last week and her current weight is 15.5 lbs and height is 25.5 inches. She is doing everything fine developmentally and labwork thus far proves to be normal. Amelia has two older brothers, one of which was off the charts the opposite direction and my middle child has always been exactly the 50th percentile.

Our pediatrition has us meeting with a growth specialist in September but I am not sure what that all entails and am looking to gather info so that I can be prepared. I am truely torn as to what I want to learn with this appointment. I hope they find nothing wrong but then I realize that this may continue to be a struggle for her. Ultimately, I just want whatever is best for my babygirl. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much,

Shannon
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August 25th, 2007, 05:39 AM
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Hi, Behl and Shannon. Welcome to the board. I'm not sure what kinds of tests a growth specialist will run as we've never been to one. My son has seen a gastroenterologist (GI) doctor and nephrologist (kidney). He'll be 2 next month and we have never found a problem with him, he just doens't eat a lot. In the end he's been put on a medication to increase his appetite and we were given some weight gaining shakes. I hope some other posters can help you more than I have.
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August 25th, 2007, 06:28 AM
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Hi, Shannon. When our family doctor got worried about Alex, we were referred to a developmental pediatrician. I don't know if a "growth specialist" is the same thing or not. At the first appointment they did a physical exam, took a very detailed history, and ran some blood work, which came back normal. They gave us instructions on how to increase his calories (adding sugar or chocolate syrup to his milk) and scheduled an appointment with a speech pathologist to evaluate his eating abilities. They said that some of the same skills that are used in speach are used in eating.

At that appointment she determined that he did have deficiencies in how he ate which made it harder for him. She had us switch to sippie cups with straws and some other things to work on. It did help some. Before that appoint he never drank even 8 oz of milk at a time. Now I can often get him to drink 6 - 10 oz.

I don't know if your experience will be anything like ours. I wish you well.

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August 26th, 2007, 06:38 PM
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Hi, Behl and Shannon. Welcome to the board. I'm not sure what kinds of tests a growth specialist will run as we've never been to one. My son has seen a gastroenterologist (GI) doctor and nephrologist (kidney). He'll be 2 next month and we have never found a problem with him, he just doens't eat a lot. In the end he's been put on a medication to increase his appetite and we were given some weight gaining shakes. I hope some other posters can help you more than I have.[/b]

Thank you so much. We are going to see a developmental peditrition so hopefully we will learn exactly why she is so small. I am having a very difficut time with this and now I am hyper-sensitive to what is going on with my other two children and their weight. I keep telling myself that she is just petite. I am only 5 foot tall and she doesn't have a female in her life over 5 foot 4" and my husband was very thin until almost 40 years old. I am social worker and have a tremendous fear of being looked at as though I am somehow neglecting my child. She eats well about 5 times a day and is still not gaining well. I realize I am rambling but it is really nice to talk to moms who are dealing with the same issues.
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