Can anyone give me advice on IUGR toddlers?

Cherelle - posted on 12/30/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 year old that was born in Novemeber 2009. These last years have been a struggle for me. Her doctors would always tell me to feed her more feed her more and for two years I have tried everything and nothing works. She was a preterm IUGR Baby 36 1/2 weeks 4lbs 9oz. Now she is 2 and only weighs 22lbs. Im not sure what to do. I've tried pediasure and nothing. I just want her to eat. Sometimes I cry and I believe there is something more going on. She is really petite but active. Can anyone relate?

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Rebecca - posted on 01/10/2012

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I completely relate... I was told my daughter had IUGR when I still thought I was going full-term. Then she was born 3 mths early making her a very tiny 1 lb 4 oz. She is now almost 21 months and just got over 17 lbs. She is healthy, happy and active but just doesn't have a big appetite. For the longest time I got all kinds of grief from her doctor and dreaded the appointments. For her first year she was on a newborn feeding schedule (eating every 2-3 hrs around the clock) just to try and squeeze in calories. Her primary food is still Pediasure 1.5. She has been to the endicrinologist and nutritionists regularly and she is just tiny... it is how it is. She is diagnosed with failure to thrive but I no longer let it get to me like it used to. Don't let them get you down either. Feed her what you can, when you can... of course, see the experts and get advice from anyone with good suggestions; but if she's healthy and happy, don't let it worry you into tears!

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Christy - posted on 12/05/2013

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My son is a twin. I read iugr is common among twins. He only weighs 29 lbs and he's turning 4 in 3 months. Happy and healthy and gaining weight at his yearly checkups. But tiny. He was born with his twin brother at 37 weeks via scheduled c section. He weighed 3.15 and twin was 5.11 lbs. does anyone know of a great specialist with expertise in this area??? Looking for a recommendation for possible HGH.

Elissa - posted on 05/24/2013

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I was hoping some of you that posted here before could post updates on your children. I have a 22 month son, born IUGR at 37 weeks at 3lb 13oz and 16" long. He is now about 21lbs and only 30". So very small. He looks his age in the face (like a toddler), but is really very tiny compared to other children his age. He is doing great developmentally, just small. Have any of your children had a late growth spurt and caught up?

Lauren - posted on 06/05/2012

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I.U.G.R. stands for Intra-Uterine Growth Restriction (sometimes people say retardation, I prefer the former). Sometimes a cause is known or discovered and sometimes not. Generally IUGR results in low birth weight babies...

Cindy - posted on 06/03/2012

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Thank you for sharing your post. I am pregnant now with triplets, and my babies will be preterm babies. May I ask what IUGR is?

Rebecca - posted on 05/31/2012

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Hello: I know you wrote that initial message back in December. I replied a while ago & just wanted to check on how things were going with your little one. Also, I never asked in my previous reply: have they prescribed any calorie enhancers or appetite stimulants for her? My little one turned 2 in April & she's still at 18 lbs. but, I'm pretty much at peace with her appetite size. I still do the whole routine to increase the calories but I have a much lower stress level about it. :) Anyways, just wanted to see how it was going now. R.

Lauren - posted on 05/31/2012

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I was 33 wks into my 2nd pregnancy when I was diagnosed with IUGR. She was induced @ 38 wks (full term) and was 4 lbs. 12 oz. She seemed healthy but had to stay in the special care nursery, as her blood sugar would drop every time she ate. She just burned more calories eating than she could ingest in a feed. As a result of 10 days in the SCN, I she was detached from me and her father and never wanted to cuddle or come to us for comfort when she got hurt. She was 17 lbs @ 12 mos and has just never been a grower. I thought that may be because all the women on my husbands side are small but I have had a 95th %ile girl since then!! She is in Kindergarten now and we are having her tested for organic pathology that could be causing her slow physical and emotional growth. She is VERY intelligent but has impulse control issues and exhibits attention deficit symptoms. She has also come full circle to basically having attachment issues, wanting to be touching someone all the time! She is still in the >3rd &ile (about the size of the average 3 year old) but she is a firecracker!! Hope this helps :-)

Cherelle - posted on 01/04/2012

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Im happy someone can relate. She has an appt tomorrow and hopefully they will have some answers for me. They have done allergy tests and everything. Crossing my fingers its nothing serious.

Candace - posted on 01/04/2012

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I can definitely relate..My son is 20 mths old and was IUGR as well. He was born at 33 weeks weighing 3lbs 5oz. He really didn't start having problems with his weight until around a year old. At nine months he was 18lbs and at 12 months he was only 18lbs 13oz. He was diagnosed as failure to thrive. He's a very picky eater and some days he'll eat everything in sight and then others it's really hard to get him to eat anything. He has been on pediasure for about six months and has gained a little weight. At his 18mth appointment he'd finally reached 20lbs. He has to see a G.I. doctor just to make sure everything is ok.

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