Thursday, July 7, 2011

GI Follow up

She weighed in at 13 pounds, 15 ounces. I was NOT happy. She gained 10 ounces in two months. The GI was not upset about her growth, but we had both hoped for more weight. I explained that now she's crawling, and learning to walk in PT, and we try our damnedest to get her to eat all we can but she's schizophrenic about her eating. She's not on a schedule, she won't eat certain things at certain times (sometimes the only thing we can get in her are cheerios, other days it's all about the bottle). She's turning 1 year in just 3 weeks so she's at the age where their weight levels off and their appetite diminishes. He agreed that all those things make for normal baby appetite. However, Ellie cannot afford to be a normal baby. So, our prime directive is to stop the bottle, add in more table food (still with whipping cream and butter), add in pediasure to her sippy cups, and an RX to increase appetite. It's called Periactin. It's an old benedryl concoction, used to treat hay fever and allergies but it also works to stimulate appetite. We do have to watch for the side effect of extreme drowsiness. At her one year appointment we are looking for her to be at about 15 pounds. I don't know what else to do, but she simply CANNOT have a feeding tube. She'll just rip it out all the time. She's smart, she's strong and she's FAST.

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