I need help/advice with 2 year old not growing or gaining weight!

TIFFANY - posted on 04/18/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a daughter who is 2 years old and was preemie born at 28 weeks and was 4 pound 1 ounce. After her first year I started to realized that she was not gaining weight like I think she should...she just started to crawl about maybe 5 months ago and sometimes stand holding on to things but not walking while doing so. She is also only about 15 pounds and is a pickey eater. She gets therapy once a week. I have taken her to her primary doctors to get some answers and still nothing from xrays to sonogram to blood and everything seems normal...the next step is to check her urine. I'm a distressed mom with 3 kids and trying to find help. If anyone has experienced the same as me please help. also she is starting to lose her hair but not too much plz help me

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Liz - posted on 04/19/2013

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Can't edit my post due to current glitches. I meant also to say that my daughter grew slowly. We've only just taken her out of 2T clothing at nearly 3 and a half, but now she's growing more quickly and starting to move into 4T for her upper body. This is the first time that we've bought clothes that are 'older' than her actual age, so we're very happy. Before now, she'd fit clothes that were at least 18 months too 'young'.

So again, hang in there.

Liz - posted on 04/19/2013

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My 28 weeker weighed 1 pound 15 ounces when she was born and has always remained petite for her age. She's always near the bottom of the charts, with the exception of head size. She's now three years and four months and weighs 29 pounds, so she is never going to be large!

She had physical therapy from a pediatric occupational therapist for about 12 months, because she was a little off track in some of her movement development. She's now just fine and ahead of some of her non-adjusted milestones, which is great.

If your daughter is getting therapy, that's great. Hang in there and do all the exercises that the therapist gives you. You'll eventually see results.

More than that, keep in touch with your doctors.

TIFFANY - posted on 04/19/2013

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thanx i totally agree with you i have 4 kids and all were preemies i even lost my first son a day after birth which was really hard on me but now i learn to cope so now swith my 2 years old im always strong trying to find its sourse beacuse let me tell mentally wise she is a 10 she can remeber songs if u sing them and she can act it out its just physically its not quite there...at times she loses hair in the back of her head wen u run my fingers through it....ive done all i can and still no answer even the doctors say something is wrong and still no answer but me i will just pray for my kids and thier health and aslo mines so i can be with them to fight all obsticales

thank u for you imput :)

Catharine - posted on 04/19/2013

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I just wanted to say "hang in there." Ask someone you love for a good long strong hug and just breathe.
Our 4th son who is now 2, was a 23w preemie. We have a very different situation. While we struggle with small weight gains as well it is not concerning at this time. Our main struggle is with his eyes.
Just wanted to encourage you to team up with the doctors and specialists in your area of stuggle to find a solution, and not to get discouraged by other parents in your family/community not "getting it." Having a preemie is a marathon, don't wear yourself out with non-essentials. Get back to the basics and do your best at them. Let other mom's be the supermoms. Preemie moms just need to survive. :)

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