Failure to Thrive????

Lisa - posted on 10/26/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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they say my daughter has failure to thrive cuz she hasent gained any weight in two weeks. she is 7 months and she was 5 pounds at birth and now is 14 pounds but she is 261/2 in long and is still growing in length just not gaining weight. i weighed 16 lbs when i was a year old. i feel she is fine just wondering if any other mom have babies who gain weight slowly?

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Jodi - posted on 10/26/2010

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Lisa, I had doctors all over my daughter for about 6 months watching her weight like a hawk. In the end, they just decided that she was just small and that was normal for her. Even at her 4 year old check up they put me through hell asking questions about her weight, checking what I fed her, etc, to make reports to the authorities about her health. It really pissed me off to be honest, because she is just SMALL. She was never MEANT to be average. Every single time I take her to a doctor (which isn't often), they question her size for her age.

Ez - posted on 10/26/2010

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That seems very extreme based purely on no gain for 2 weeks. Jodi is right.. some babies are just small (just like some are big - like mine lol). But doctors don't usually get worried unless there are other indications that something is wrong. Why does the doc want her to see a Gastroenterologist? Does she have problems with vomiting or diarrhoea? Reflux?

Jodi - posted on 10/26/2010

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Seriously? She didn't put on weight for 2 weeks and they diagnose failure to thrive? I think they are jumping the gun a little. Check the charts and you will see that her weight seems to be still growing on the same curve and her weight and length are proportional:
http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/data/set...

2 weeks is not enough for a doctor to diagnose failure to thrive unless there are other indicators why they have said this.

My daughter was much the same (5lb 2oz at birth, and stayed at around the 5th percentile for most of her life). Even now, at 5, she is still one of the smallest. There is a 5th percentile for a reason (and a 2nd, 3rd, 4th). Because someone's babies are small!!! 5% of them in fact.

I'd get a second opinion, or at the very least, give it another couple of weeks. If she has recently started to get more active physically, it makes sense that she is not gaining weight and just burning off all her energy.

Did you ask a similar question recently, because I seem to remember you did.....but I could be wrong.

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Amomentintime - posted on 06/17/2012

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we have had two failure to thrive kiddies ones now almost twelve and has shot up and the other is6 and still tiny we only wrry about her when flu season comes around because shell loose weight and get really ill...

Amanda - posted on 10/27/2010

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All three of my children have had been small until their first birthday. They were each over 8lbs at birth but they gained weight very slowly after that. I only became concerned with my youngest because he lost weight. Come to find out I was not producing enough milk. I would say if you are nursing try pumping to make sure you are producing enough milk. If not then as long as your baby is not losing and is advancing properly you are fine. I think some doctors forget that each person is built differently. My 5 year old daughter only weights 36lbs still but she is healthy and active. I think the level of activity and the fact that she is healthy means more then her weight number. Good luck!

Lissa - posted on 10/27/2010

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My youngest was 6lb 13oz at birth but after 6 months fell off the height and weight charts at 4yrs 6mnths he was 26lb and 84cm. I have never been worried as he as always been fit and healthy with a good appetite but health visitor and doctors have been concerned (especially since Dad is 6ft 4). He has been tested for a few things but is all clear he sees the peadatrician every six months to check on height and weight but at this point they think he will probably just grow in his own time or be little. He is due for an appointment soon but my husband and I have noticed he has grown sinificantly (for him) in the last few weeks. My Daughter has just turned six and is 130cm and 48lbs.

Ez - posted on 10/27/2010

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With reflux as an underlying problem, it's normal for a doctor to seek a gastroenterologist's opinion if there is an issue with weight gain. If your daughter was only 5lbs at birth, odds are that she's just little. But I can understand why the docs want to investigate further based on the reflux diagnosis. Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 10/26/2010

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she does have reflux. but that was disgnosed at 3 months with a barium swallow....her doc says the GI will giver a higher calorie formula. i dont know i am a lil confused cuz she has a doctor thats her pedi why dose she keep sending me to dofferent doctors to tell me whats going on? jodi i agree it is starting to piss me off i already told her no more test...geez everytime i take my daughter somewhere she gets poked and tested for stuff she is gonna hate me! i personaly think she dosent like her formuls maybe needs to be on soy thats what i have thought from the begining but they said no....and the GI will know i think?

Lisa - posted on 10/26/2010

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i agree with you!! you made me feel better thank you!! yes i asked everything they did blood work and tested her for everything and did a cystic fibrosis test and everything was normal !!! now they are sending to a GI doctor ok fine but im dont think i am gonna allow anymore tests she is fine. happy as can be rollin over sitting up laughing she acn pick up her paci and put it in her mouth sayin mamamammama dadadada gagaga trying to crawl and she is so active her jumps constantly always rolling everywhere very happy baby!!! i think these days doctors jump to everything i do love her pedi and like that she is thero but she has already almost trippled her birth weight and she is 7 monthsand im only 5'1 and 110 pounds after havin her . i just hate the term "failure to thrive"!!!!

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