Why won't my preemie eat???

Kenyatta - posted on 01/31/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born at 24 weeks. She came into the world weighing 450 grams (1lb). She stayed in the hospital for 5 months. She came home on 1/4 liter of oxygen. However, she started out feeding from the bottle with rice cereal. She is suppose to be eating 3oz every 3hrs, but she's fighting not to eat. I have to take her to the doctors office once a week so that they can check her weight. The doctors said that she is not gaining enough weight each day. Or should I say the right amount of weight the doctors want her to gain each day. She is now 7 months old (3 corrective age) and is only weighing 9lbs and 2.2oz. They even admitted her back into the hospital in December for a week because she was not gaining a lot of weight. Mom's out there please help me. What is another way to help my little girl to gain weight so that I don't have to see her back in the hospital or see her with a feeding tube in her stomach.

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Debbi - posted on 03/23/2012

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I would ditto the reflux issue. My son had to be on prevacid until he was about 12 months actual age (born at 28 weeks). As he sat up, walked, ate more table foods he improved greatly. He had rice in his milk, even with the jarred veggies and fruits we had to put rice in or he'd spit them up really easy.

A friend's daughter born at 29 weeks has had issues gaining weight. She's a tiny thing still at 3 yrs. She never had reflux and ate like a champ, but just never gained huge amounts of weight. Her doctors had her parents feeding her really high calorie food - and still do.

I hope you already have an answer to the issue but have hope and just push for something especially if she is fighting to eat - that means something is wrong.

Heather - posted on 03/18/2012

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I found feeding Rice cereal in her bottle bloated her and she couldn't take much, Ask about Nutureprem 11 It smells disgusting but she did find it easier and lose the rice cereal . If it is a must only put a little in her night feed. Some doctors forget that it takes a good hour to hor and a half to get 2ounces down them. They need to sleep and so do you. All the best let me know how you get on. xx

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Bri Lee - posted on 12/02/2013

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I'm in this same predicament!!!!! I went to children's mercy hospital in Kansas City, MO. Not only is it three and a half to almost four hours away from where we live! I took my 24 weeker daughter who was 1lb12oz at birth, and now weighs 9lbs 10oz but she's 4 1/2 months corrected and 8 1/2 months now! She came home on 1/16 of O2, and wouldn't keep her cannula in she always just pulled it off at night or napping or really just anything. She's so strong and is doing well with her development. But she just won't gain weight!?!?!?!? They think it's something to do with her breathing---she was intubated since birth for like 4months so her lungs got beat up pretty bad. But her O2 saturation WITHOUT the cannula was still 95-97. So she's up there and I'm far away because my other children need me too. I'm at a loss....I'm so scared she will have to get a gtube! I don't want her to go through that!!! Oh god please help me!!!!!

Kenyatta - posted on 11/10/2013

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Hi it's me again. My daughter is now 2 1/2 yrs old. And she just had surgery on the 4th to get the G-Tube. I'm going crazy cause I wished she would have gotten it when she was younger but now have to deal with it now. Please tell me how you coped with it and the out come of your little ones g-tube? I'm in need of some advice.

Agnes - posted on 03/18/2012

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To Kenyetta,



Unfortunately, my son at 3 months corrected age, needed the feeding tube to assist him in growing because bottle feeding does use of their energy. What is easy for US, is difficult for them. He needed that extra help to help him gain weight during that time. And your little angel is on oxygen so she needs all the energy she can get..



Good luck and continue to have faith. Hope this was helpful.

April - posted on 03/16/2012

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I had the same problem with my 24 weeker. He had a reflux problem and they put him on Priviced and it helped alot. He is now 19 months old and weighs 21.5 lbs. Now he will take a bottle with no problem but table food and even some baby food is a problem. He dose ok on baby food but the only table food he will eat are chips, crackers, and the gerber puffs. We was recently told he has a sensry processing disorder and thats alot of the problem. He sees a gi doctor and she has put him on pedi sure to help with his weight gain. Maybe you can see if your little one can drink pedi sure. I know its hard but hang in there. It will get better. Good luck.

Agnes - posted on 03/03/2012

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Please try to relax, though, it may be difficult. Make feeding times fun and Discuss with the pediatrician about reflux. My child was a 26 weeker and had the same issues with feeding. I realized I had to decrease the stimuli in my son's environment (TV off ; No music) and just give him his zantac 30 minutes prior to eating.



Please keep us posted. Good luck.

Christie - posted on 02/26/2012

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She may have reflux, or a texture problem, something up with her suck/swallowing, have they tried the special flow bottles with her that you dial a speed of the flow!

My 24 weeker also had eating issues at 10 months he weighed just 8 lbs 1 oz corrected age 6 months and just did not gain he also has reflux, paralysis of left side so sucking and swallowing reflex is affected! They declared his failure to thrive since birth so at 10 months a g-tube feeding tube was placed, this has helped he is now 16 months 12 lbs 3oz corrected 1 year

If you are very concerned I would ask to be sent to a suck / swallow Clinique for tests

Christie

Amanda - posted on 02/01/2012

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She may have reflux. This is very common with preemies and super uncomfortable for them. Ask your pediatrician about it.

Valerie - posted on 01/31/2012

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I am not sure why she is not eating but I would do my best to relax and make eating time a happy and peaceful time. Do your best. That is all you can do and pray if you believe in that. Sometimes more frequent feedings or spacing out a bit more will trigger a good feeding that leads to more. I wish you all the best...

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