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March 7th, 2012, 09:31 AM
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My name is Kay and my daughter, Cassie, is 18 months. She is labeled FTT, by the time she was 9 months she had 3 sweat chloride tests done so check for cystic fibrosis (can back negative but slightly higher than normal) and complete blood work which also came back clean so she doesn't have any medical issues that we know of. She weighed 6# 14oz at birth, which she had to stay in NICU for 10 days due to meconium peritonitis, which cleared itself when she was a few days old, and last she was weighed was Mon. and she is as 18# 15oz. She is on a high calorie diet, I am looking for suggestions that I can feed to her. Thanks ladies.
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March 8th, 2012, 01:43 PM
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If you are giving peanut butter already it is great calorie wise. Avacado, beans, corn, potatoes, and butter are good too. If she can tolerate dairy...cheese, cream, etc are also higher calorie. What we did before a ton of food allergies was a lot of extra butter/oil, etc in his food to boost the calorie count. We use sunbutter instead of peanut butter as his preschool is peanut/tree nut free and it has 200 calories in 2 tablespoons. Have they done an endoscopy, stool fat test, or blood enzyme levels yet? Danny had 2 SC tests because the first one was higher than expected as well. Basically, if she is staying on her won curve than there isn't a ton to worry about. Her curve may be off the charts but as long as she maintains her curve than she may just be a "slow grower." There is a big gap between birth and 18 months so if that isn't the case, please don't feel like I am brushing you off. SOme doctors make a huge deal out of not gaining for a few months or not staying "near the middle of the chart" and that is just not necessary. Afterall...someone has to be in the less than 3%. I hope to see you around here more. Let us know if you have anymore questions.

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