Weight issue

Jessica - posted on 01/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have a few questions, and was wondering if anyone has had the same problems I have. My daughter was born Jan 30, 2007. When she was born, she was pretty small. I was one day away from being 39 weeks, and she was only 6lbs 1oz. As a baby, she was never a good eater, and trying to get even close to the recommended amount of formula a day was a struggle for both of us. I asked the doctors constantly about help or what I should do. She wasn't gaining weight and has always been below the 5th percentile. About 7 or 8 months ago, I got very serious and told her pediatrician I wanted to have her tested for everything and anything she could think of. There was no reason for her to be so tiny, and never want to eat. So, they tested her blood to check her thyroid, and blood sugar. She couldn't find anything, so she recommended a nutritionist. Since we've been going to the nutritionist (about 4 months) she put my daughter on a no dairy diet. She said she thinks it's a milk allergy. Since we've started the diet, she's only gained about half a pound. My daughter now weighs about 19 lbs. Does anyone have ANY insight on this?? The nutritionist had her tested for Cystic Fibrosis as well, and it was negative. She also said she doesn't think it's Celiac Disease either because it's something we've struggled with her whole life, and Celiac develops later in life. Any insight?!

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Gina - posted on 02/13/2009

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Hi everyone, my little guy just turned 2 on jan 4 but he was just under 6 weeks early, he was born 5lbs 3ounces, and we took him home at just over 4lbs (he was soo tiny!!!) anyhow, he has been a horrible eater, cant stand milk, and i always bring it up with the peadiatritian and she keeps on telling me, dont worry he's fine, he now weighs about 24lbs, but because he's soo tall, he looks uber skinny!! he actually still fits into his 6-9months track pants (although the look like short shorts on him) ive learned to take it week by week instead of day by day, because the doctor even said, dont look at what he eats everyday, look at it from a weekly point of view, and i did just that and he is eating enough. breakfast, lunch and dinner is a contstant battle in our house, but ive learned to stop forcing him, ill leave it out, and when he wants he'll go over and eat!! its a power struggle, i want him to eat on my terms, and he wants to eat on his terms!! so just dont worry about it and good luck!!

Jessica - posted on 02/10/2009

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My daughter is also relatively tiny for being two. She hasn't been weighed recently but I wouldn't put her at more than 25 pounds... She's been around the 5th percentile for about the past year or more... They haven't really tested her for anything, she eats when she wants to, chews up her food to get the taste and then spits it out most of the time. I have gotten grief from the doctors, but being a very petite girl myself I feel that in my case it's probably hereditary. (I didn't break 100 pounds until I got pregnant.) My doctors have said that maybe it's just something she'll grow out of in a good growth spurt , but I hope things start to look up for you. Good luck, God bless.

Janae - posted on 02/03/2009

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I don't think you should worry too much. If you have tested for everything and it all has come back negative, just let it be. My daughter was always under weight when she went to the doctor. I was the same way when my mom took me to the doctor. There is absolutely nothing wrong with me and nothing wrong with my daughter. I know you want to make sure you daughter is in the best possible health she can be in but just keep in mind that not all children are the same. As long as she is not sickly or showing signs that there are other problems I would try not to worry.  

Terri - posted on 02/02/2009

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You could see a GI dr about it. My daughter has been seeing one basicly since birth. Recently we saw one because of diarhea (she'd had it for 3 mo), they tested her for allergies to a ton of stuff, cistic fibrosis, many other blood tests too. All came back normal in our case. They also wanted to do a scope up her butt and look at things... He said that there could be an allergy that exists only in the small intestine and the small intestine doesn't tell the rest of the body (sounds weird to me!) Ask your pedi for a referral to a GI that specializes in eating issues if you can since it sounds like she just doesn't want to eat very much maybe there's something else going on there too.



My daughter has had eating issues since before birth and was tube-fed until a few weeks ago (knock on wood). She was 6 weeks premature and weighted 4lbs. Now she's 21lbs.

Kandace - posted on 01/31/2009

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my son is 2 and still only weights about 23 lbs .... try different foods .... and stick with what works ... my son only started eating a good about of food a few months ago .... before that he would skip breakfast eat a small lunch and barely touch his supper .... i found that he would drink his bottle though so i switched him to homo milk ( i know shes not allowed milk) and i let him have as much as he wanted ... he still wakes up once or twice a night for his bottle ... until recently i would go through a 4 litre of milk just for him in less than 2 days~! .....try the rice dream milk and he soy milks find what works .... also try vitamines if she will take them my son thinks they are candy .... he gets one a day .... the no name zellers brand can be used at 2 years the flintstones not until 2.5 years or more ..... hope that helps ... but as long as the doctors arent worried i wouldnt worry ... she has a specialist so they will know the warning signs of anything serious

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I was really tiny when I was little, I was completely off of the growth charts. They tested me for everything too, but didn't end up finding anything. If you want to explore more testing, I'd look at the rare metabolic diseases, those would probably be your best bet. Ask your pediatrician if your daughter received extended genetic screenings when she was a newborn - the genetic screenings usually cover virtually all of the rare ones. Have you also thought about a second opinion from another pediatrician? Sometimes the original doctor has been looking at the same case for so long that they're just missing something, a new set of eyes might be a good thing. Good luck, I hope that helps!

Jessica - posted on 01/25/2009

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Quoting Amy:

My daughter weighed 6 lbs 15 oz when born. Now weighs maybe 21 lbs. She doesn't eat much either. I just thought I had a petit little girl.. I didn't realize I needed to be very concerned. If you or your husband is very small --do you think she maybe she is going to be just "small" too. I don't mean to downplay your concern because I know if you feel something may be wrong--then mother's intuition is usually right.


I thought that too, but when my pediatrician was as concerned as I was, I knew something may have been wrong.  My (now ex) husband is a very very large man, and I'm about average.  At first the doctors kept telling me she was just a petite kid, and I just went along with that, but now that she's only a week away from being 2 and still not 20lbs.  After talking to a few friends who had or knew someone that had the same problem, I want to think that it's only being petite.  We go back to the nuritionist next week, and I hope to hear that she's gained some weight and we can take her off this diet.  We've had to give her high calorie drinks for about a year now, and since the "dairy free" diet started, we've had to but very expensive soy drinks.  I honestly became more worried when the pediatrition recommended we see an expert.  It could be from the divorce, and things changing so much too.  I don't know what to think at this point.  I've had a million things go through my head.  You just get to a point where you hear "OMG she is TINY!!!" so much that you think maybe something could be wrong.

Amy - posted on 01/24/2009

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My daughter weighed 6 lbs 15 oz when born. Now weighs maybe 21 lbs. She doesn't eat much either. I just thought I had a petit little girl.. I didn't realize I needed to be very concerned. If you or your husband is very small --do you think she maybe she is going to be just "small" too. I don't mean to downplay your concern because I know if you feel something may be wrong--then mother's intuition is usually right.

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