My 6-month-old daughter (exclusively breastfed) hasn't gained weight since her 4 month check up, in fact she has lost a couple of ounces. She has only grown 1.25 in in length and 1 cm in head circumference. She had been in between the 10th and 25th &ile for weight, and had been close to the 50th %ile for length and head. Around 4 months, she moved lower in %iles for all, and now (at 6 months) she is <1st %ile for weight, 5th %ile for length, and 10th %ile for head
She had been sleeping great up until about 4 months and then sleep went a little haywire - I chalked it up to teething, developmental, etc. She had been able to do 6-9 hour stretches at night with 1 feeding, and now can only do 3-4 hour stretches with 2-3 feedings (totaling 12 hours of nighttime sleep both before and now).
She does spit up frequently, and I know a lot of people think how much their baby spits up is much more than it actually is, but she typically spits up a good amount sometimes 3-4 times after a feeding.
About 2 weeks ago, we started solids and introduced avocado, sweet potato, and oatmeal. She seems to have a reaction to avocado on her hands (turned red and got a little swollen) and then with oatmeal (raised pink rash - many dots collected to make the rash) all over her abdomen, chest, and back. For the last two weeks, I have noticed (it could have been longer) that she arches her back and throws her head back at times (more so at night) after feedings. The last two days, I have tried having her in a more upright position while nursing and keeping her upright for at least 30 minutes after feeding, and it has seemed to help with spitting up issues.
She seems to have plenty of wet diapers, but only has dirty ones 1-2 times a week and sometimes we have to give her some prune juice, because she appears to be uncomfortable, and it usually does the trick. When she does have dirty diapers, they appear to be pretty normal in color and in texture.
She also has a mild case of eczema and currently has a yeast infection, both of which are being treating with hydrocortisone and nystatin, respectively.
Lastly, she appears to be meeting milestones just fine. She seems happy almost always, is interactive, babbles and giggles, sits up on her own, stands with assistance, grabs and pulls toys/items with both hands and with one hand to her body and her mouth, can roll over (doesn't do it frequently, but can do it), puts her butt up in the air and turns her toes under to try and scoot while on her tummy...
The pediatrician wants us to see a GI specialist and used the words "failure to thrive"...we have an appt with the specialist on Nov. 8th.
What are your thoughts about her growth pattern? Is it truly of great concern? Any insight you can offer is greatly appreciated. As you can imagine, not only am I not sleeping because my kiddo doesn't sleep for more than 3-4 hour stretches at night, but also I am now losing sleep over my worry for her and her growth.