Failure to thrive

Jeannette - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My little girl is 3 weeks old. She was born 5 weeks early. She nurses well and I have a good milk supply but she wont gain weight. And now she's started vomiting up after every feeding. Even the supplemental formula. Anyone else have this issue and what should I do?

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My daughter was the same way. She is three now and still has trouble gaining weight (she is 21 pounds). Her issue was Sever Acid Reflux and a Metabolism issue. My first child (a boy) also had Sever Acid Reflux. There is medicine for it and the doctors can test for this. One thing I would suggest is to make sure if your gut is telling you it is more than a little spit-up DO NOT just drop the subject. Many doctors and ER's told me with my first that it was just spit-up and 3 months and a 2 pound weight gain finally they listened.

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Jeannette - posted on 06/28/2009

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Thanks ladies...we went to the hospital and she has a problemwith her stomach and throat. Her stomach doesnt empty all the way and she does have some reflux. They admitted her and she's on some meds and still supplementing with formula. She has gained a couple ounces since being there.

Gina - posted on 06/27/2009

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Hi my daughter was born premature and she. has trouble gaining weight and she is 3 now and she can't talk well just yet. All you can do is love her and pray for her. it will get better hang in there if you want to chat hit me up later

Dana - posted on 06/27/2009

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I would ask the dr if she could have acid reflux. My nephew (when he went on bottle formula) turned out to be allergic. He had to use soy milk instead. Good luck! I hope everything turns out okay for her. :)

Jennefer - posted on 06/27/2009

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my youngest sister was born whole lot early, at 2 pounds. at the time the doctors didnt think she would make it because she wouldnt keep anything down and was loosing weight. in the end they had to gastrosmy tube , it basicaly stop her from throwing up her food and she was feed her food directly into her stomache, ask your doctor to check if she has pyloric-stoins, having the surgery to insert the tube is a little bit scary for any parent. and it is reversible.

Cyrilla - posted on 06/27/2009

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ummm talk to her doctor... definatly. My son took almost two weeks to get back up to birth weight and he was a full term baby. Sometimes it takes time so dont stress too much. If the vomiting is projectile that could be a sign of an allergic reaction. However if it is more like a little spit up that could just mean she needs to burp a bit better.

Samantha - posted on 06/26/2009

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i recommend breast feeding as much as possible. maybe switching between breast milk and formula is upsetting her tummy. try just breast milk and see how it goes

Jeannette - posted on 06/26/2009

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She came home weighing 4lbs 6oz. The next week (Monday)she was 4lbs 5oz. Then Friday she was 4lbs 8oz before a feeding and 4lbs 11oz after. And today she was 4lbs 9oz before feeding and 4lbs 12 oz after. It usually doesnt take that long to get back to birth weight. And its throw up. Projectile flying across the room throw up. We have to go tothe hospital in the morning for blood work and xrays. But Im so worried about my little one. I hate no being able to make things ok for her.

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Hey :) It sounds to me like acid reflux. My niece had that issue until she was on solid food. First of all talk to your dr about it to make sure, but if it ends up being acid reflux, here are a couple tricks to help ease the difficulties. 1. Don't over feed. my niece would eat too much and would end up throwing everything back up again. 2. Don't sit up when done eating. After nursing or drinking formula, let your daughter stay lying down for a couple minutes. Give the esophagus time to close. 3. Use anti gas powder. Yep :) there is such a thing, although I don't remember if my sister got it from the dr or not. 4. Have a few spit rags ready. Every time my neice would eat she would spit up, until she was on solid food. Also, the whole weight gain thing is normal. Every mom and pediatrician I have ever spoken to has said that a little weight loss is normal and expected for the first couple weeks. However, it is best to talk with a doctor about your concerns. I have learned that talking with my daughter's dr not only helps relieve my nerves, but it also builds a more trusting, open relationship between the dr and I. One last note. I would talk with the doctor even more with a preemie baby. She's probably fine, but it's better to be over protective during this time in her life. At least that's how I feel :)

Jackie - posted on 06/26/2009

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my middle kid did that, he threw up formula too.he had acid reflux and he also has a milk allergy. I tried every different kind of formula even the really expensive ones that don't have the cows milk protein, nothing worked, he didn't stop throwing up until he started baby food and now he's on soy milk.
Is she throwing up or spitting up?? Spitting up is normal, maybe burp her more often.

Tiffanie - posted on 06/26/2009

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Hi ther I went throught the same thing with my daughter 4 in a half years ago. She was 6 weeks premature and she ended up being allergic to my breastmilk and formula, she too was throwing up, so she had to be put on soy milk. She went from being 5pounds 11 ounces to 5pounds 1 ounce when we left the hospital. She was also tube fed up her nose in the hospital for the three days that we were there.Then a week later she was admitted into the hospital for failure to thrive and thrush. She was kept in the hosptial for a wek to make sure she would gain weight. They would weigh her every day to make sure she was gaining. She slowly gained the weight. Now shes almost 5 and you can never tell she was premature. Good Luck

Lorraine - posted on 06/26/2009

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First of all has the baby gone to see the doctor? If the doctor thinks that overall she has a good healthy look to her then she'll be fine. It's just going to take her a little while longer to gain the weight. Being a month early and then on top of that when baby's leave the hospital they tend to lose weight on top of that. Make sure she's just not regaining whatever she might have lost in the first place.

Catherine - posted on 06/26/2009

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My son was not premature but he had lots of trouble gaining weight ,actually lost so much that at his first check up the doctor scraed me by showing me how his skin was loose from losing weight. We put him on formula and he gained. I'm sure everything will be fine but I know the anxiety you feel right now. I remember. Your baby girl is gonna be fine, just do whatever the doc says.

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