I don't post often, but I am beyond stressed right now and need some help/support. My daughter is just over 18 months. She was in the 50%ile until 6 months (15.5lbs), but then it started to decrease. At a year, she was 19 lbs. I knew she was small, but kept feeding her as much as she wanted, offering healthy foods all day long, preparing multiple meals etc, anything to get her to eat and gain weight. 3 months ago I though it would be a good idea to weigh her at home, so we bought a new scale. She was 19.6lbs...slow gaining, but gaining. Then a month later she made it to 20.2lbs, still an improvement. Then, for the next 2 months, until now-nothing-still 20.2lbs. I knew I couldn't ignore this any longer so we went to the doctor on Monday. They weighed her...17lbs, 6oz...I just about cried. Obviously our scale is horribly wrong and somewhere in the last 6 months she lost 2 lbs. I think that even though my scale is off though, it shows a consistent weight for the last few months, so the drop was before that. Anyway, our doctor has referred us to a pediatrician now, so we have to wait 3-4 months for our appointment. She said though, that she thinks it may be Celiac's so in the meantime, go gluten free and see if that helps. Our DD also has a slightly distended stomach, and is getting some fuzzy hair on her back and tummy. As well, 3 months ago she developed eczema all over her body. This is our third day being gluten free and when I weighed her at home today the scale was at 20.6. I know my scale is wrong, but think it may be right in the sense that it will at least show weight fluctuations and if she is gaining. Or maybe I am just so desprete for her to gain weight and be healthy that I am just telling myself that.
So, for those of you that are familiar with Celiac's, do you think this is what she might have? If it isn't this, what else could it be? I still breastfeed, so I have taken gluten out of my diet as well. I have also cleaned out all the cupboards, and my hubby has to finish all of those gluten treats at work. For months now I have had my DD eating healthy fats mixed in with her food, and I offer her Ensure daily, just to try to get extra calories and nutrients into her. Any thoughts or suggestions? I am overwhelmed and scared that I won't be able to get her to gain weight. She is also a picky eater and prefers to nurse still. I always offer her food first, but she still does nurse a lot.