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One of my sons has been labeled failure to thrive since about 9 months. He is 20 months old now and 18lb4oz (this is the 0.19 percentile on the chart)

He has always been on track developmentally so I was not concerned for a while however I am now concerned enough to go though some testing.

My question is, for those of you with children labeled failure to thrive, what tests do you think are the most important?

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We had problems with parasites. It turned out that my dd was not absorbing the nutrients in her food which caused some health issues. When I posted about dd's problems several people mentioned to get dd tested for celiac disease which is an intolerance to gluten grains.

Is your ds on any probiotics? I have had my dd on probiotics since she was diagnosed with failure to thrive. It helps keep the gut healthy and in good working condition to absorb nutrients and keep bad bugs away ie. parasites.

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My dd has always been slow to gain weight and recently had positive blood work for Celiac disease. It is basically an autoimmune response and your body produces antibodies against gluten. Gluten is in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and possibly oats. She had frequent, loose stools since January, and I just recently put her on a no gluten, no dairy diet and her poops are actually looking normal! (BTW-- poops can be normal and still have Celiac. My other kids were tested and they BOTH react to gluten, and have no GI probs. My dd was probably reacting to gluten months before her diarrhea started.) You can read at celiac.com.

The tests my dr tested for were parasites, carbohydrate intolerance, Cystic Fibrosis, and then finally Celiac disease.

How are his bowel movements? Are they mucusy, or ever greasy?

Vegmom, how is your dd doing? I think we PM'd a while back about our dd's.

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Thank you Catherine and Mel for your respones.

Catherine - I take probitics so my son is getting it through my breast milk but it sounds like it would be a good idea to have him take some directly. Do you have any brand recomendations for children?

Mel - His bowel movements vary in consistance but seem normal for the most part (similar to his twin brother who doesn't have Failure to thrive issues). The one unusual thing about his bowel movements is that he seems to have more than the average amount of undigested food in them.

Do you know if there are specialists who deal with Failure to Thrive? My sons pediatrician has not been much help. Her suggestions thus far have been centered around not nursing him so much/giving him formula or pediasure.
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I would say that more undigested food is definitely something that needs to be checked out. My dd had that but it has gotten SO much better since the GF/CF diet. Sounds like your ped is an idiot! (Sorry!) I am pretty sure failure to thrive is one of those things that peds should be trained to deal with. Maybe try seeing another ped that will listen to you?
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I second the recommendation to start probiotics ASAP.

My son, who was never FTT, did however have more frequent, foul-smelling, looser poops than his twin sister, and he always tended to be skinny. Just 23.75 lbs now at 2 years old is the first time he's been ABOVE the 5th% in a while. We even had a celiac panel done at one point, which came back negative thank goodness.

We started him on Baby JarroDophilus probiotic powder (available online at www.jarrow.com) . The bottle says 1/4 tsp a day, but we went up to 1/2 tsp a day, which he tolerated well. Also, bring on the yogurt -- organic, whole milk -- if you go store-bought, get Stonyfield Farms; supposedly theirs has the best selection and quality/quantity of probiotic strains. DO NOT use Yo-Baby. Not as good a selection of flora as the "adult" ones. If he won't eat plain, then their whole-milk vanilla yogurt is delicious on its own, and you can mix in whatever else he likes (apple butter, mashed banana, etc etc). Do a search for the "Power of Probiotics" thread in Health & Healing. Terrific information for those just getting started with probiotics, like I was.

My son's poops firmed up very nicely and are now the same as his sisters. Also, as I mentioned, this is the first time he's been "on the charts" for a while, now at around 7th or 8th% in weight and climbing!

We too were told to use PediaSure at one point. All I had to do was look at the ingredients list (basically sugar and cow's milk, and a bunch of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives :yuck ) to know there was no way we were giving that. If you DO have to do some sort of nutritional supplement, I'd use Stonyfield Farms yogurt smoothies -- dd and ds both love these as an occasional treat, and you could add Half n Half to it for a dash more fat (since the smoothies are made with cultured *lowfat* milk). But again, that is LAST resort territory. But it sure beats PediaSure or formula!

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DO NOT use Yo-Baby. Not as good a selection of flora as the "adult" ones.
All of Stonyfield's yogurts contain the same bacteria. It's the milk & package size that varies.
http://www.stonyfield.com/HealthyFood/index.shtml
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Interesting! I read somewhere that the Yo-Baby had fewer #s of bacteria per strain. Good to know!!
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Sorry that is has taken me so long to reply, but I second mel's opinion in getting ds checked out if he is not digesting his food. We take DDS Junior with Bifidus/Acidophilus and FOS and give it to dd in organic yogurt. If you can afford it, go see a naturpathic doctor. Ours has helped us out tremendously. You can find them listed in the phone book or you can see if your local health food store has any recommendations. Just beware that it is the homeopathics and vitamins that are the most expensive. But since the winter my dd has gained 3.5 lbs. Thats in 5months. Some things are worth the cost.

A ND will also look at the diet and see if there is something that needs to be altered or changed. I found this the most beneficial. Our ND also recommended to get rid of flour products and processed foods (mostly veggie meats). Since our change our dd's appetite changed dramatically. She hated veggies before and now she gobbles up raw veggies and holds them up and says "goooood!".

Having small and tiny toddlers is really stressful. It seems that everyone comments on how small and tiny they are. I have always tried not to let it bother me but because it happens so often (especially with family you see only once in a while) that it is hard not to. Its as if I was not feeding her properly and that is why she is malnurished and not growing properly. There are actually 10mo old babies at my playgroup that are bigger than my dd who is 23mo.

Anyways, I just wanted to let you know about my experience with our ND. And since then my dd has been "thriving" again. We have not been back to our doctor so I have no idea what she is on the growth charts.

Follow your gut instinct, if you feel something is wrong chances are that you are right.

Mel, we are doing great.. The pregnancy is doing good however I have to get checked for gestational diabetes. But I had to get tested with Aliena's pg and everything turned out fine. Only a few short months to go. How is your pg doing? If I remember correctly both you and I are both due in August. I am so glad to hear that you finally have found the cause of your dd's problems. It must be so good to finally have the stress of not knowing off your shoulders. And thank god that your dd does not have cystic fibrosis.
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Vegmom-

Yep, due in August! I am going for my 28 week appt next week and doing the dreaded gestational diabetes test too. I don't expect it to be positive, as I have never had problems with GD before (this being my 4th baby). I am so glad to hear you dd is thriving. My dd goes for a weight check tomorrow afternoon-- I don't expect her to have gained much yet. Last appt maybe a month ago, she was 21 lbs 8 ozs.

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Thank you everyone.

I did a food log for my son over 3 days and had a nutritionist look at the record. The nutritionist told me that he takes in about a third of the calories he needs in a day. I am in shock. I feel terrible for not knowing it was this bad. The doctor wants to put a tube in his stomach ASAP. My husband and I will only consider this as an absolute last resort. The nutritionist suggested upping his calorie intake with pediasure and other (IMO) junk food so she was no help. But in truth, I will feed him pediasure and pepsi with McDonalds french fries covered in velvetta if it keeps a tube out of his stomach even though it will "kill" me to do it......

Thanks to all your suggestions (and some of my own research) he has been or will be tested for parasites, carbohydrate intolerance, Cystic Fibrosis, Celiac disease and Renal Tubular Acidosis. I'll start giving him the Probiotics and will even consider taking him to a ND even though I've never been a real "believer" in homeopathics. (please do not take offense - I'm thrilled to hear that it worked so well for you) I'm also considering allergy testing.

I'm off to calculate how many calories are in the shakes I make for him (hagendaz vanilla ice cream, banana, whole milk yogurt, powdered milk, and whole milk) to convince myself that the shake along with a multivitmin and mineral supplement has the same amount of calories and nutritional value to pediasure. If not, I'll try to pump it up with cream and maybe olive oil....... though I fear that he won't drink it as he prefers water to the shake even now.

Anyway, thank you all for the wonderful information you have given me. I really appriciate you taking the time to help me out.
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Alie, glad to hear you are getting things figured out - hopefully this will all be behind you and your poor ds will be growing like a weed in no time!

Re: the Pediasure supplement... I really think a terrific (and easy) alternative would be Stonyfield Farms yogurt smoothies with some organic light cream or half-n-half mixed in to up the fat content the desired amount (i.e., to the # fat grams in a Pediasure). Mix in some Baby Jarrow powder as an added bonus. SF makes lots of great flavors: banana, strawberry, vanilla, etc. all 100% natural (and organic).

One word of caution: these things do not contain anywhere near the minerals and vitamins your ds needs each day, so be a little careful about timing -- right before a big nap or bedtime would be ideal, for example, since it would give time to digest enough that he's hungry at the next mealtime. Remember, you're supposed to add to his daily calories, not substitute these shakes for meals. And definitely give the Vitamin drops anyway just to CYA.



And a couple of quick questions that might help us give some more ideas... what does your son's head circ look like, and height? In terms of percentiles and overall pattern of growth (tracking on curve, growing, slowing). Also, what precipitated the FTT at 9 months... any ideas? An illness treated with antibiotics? Introduction of solids or different foods? A stressful incident? A round of vaccines?
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www.fitday.com is a good place to do nutritional analysis. Just keep adding products and amounts until you have your recipe complete. Works great!

Probiotics: If you want him to have probiotics, you will need to give them directly to him. He will not get any from your milk.

You might need to add a few more bites to his meals. I don't know how much he feeds himself, but you may need to finish up every meal with "4 more bites" or something to maintain the portion size he needs.

How is his sleep? Good sleep is neccesary to good weight gain.

Are you vegetarian? What are your food limitations if you are (vegan, eggs, etc.)?

What does he like to eat? What does he refuse to eat? Maybe we can get some suggestions for you.

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The Hep B and the Pertussis Vaccine in DTaP both have been implicated in causing a child to become a "failure to thrive"


Failure to Thrive

Just thought you should know!
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My son is also near the FTT mark and we find that adding a bit of flaxseed oil has helped him some. Its healthy and its packed with calories! We also use real butter, cook veggies in healthy oils and latter with butter. And then we of course give him milk shakes with cream and topped with whipped cream. Loves those! To make them healthy we add fruit and make sure he gets his vitamins. He's also on probiotics to make sure his bacteria count is good and he's absorbing every ounce of nutrition and his body is not having to work extra hard to get those nutrients out. I also agree on the sleep. Make sure he's getting plenty of sleep. And even if he won't sleep, at least some downtime morning and afternoon. Oh and guacamole is high in calories and good for you too! HTH!
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Gitti - I looked at the link you provided and didn't find anything saying Hep B was implicated in causing FTT. Help please!
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Isn't that odd?

I did a Google search and that is the site that came up plus another but I had to take it off because the link didn't work.

Let me take a closer look....


Since its development in the mid 1930’s and its widespread use by the late 1950’s, there have been repeated reports by parents and medical researchers that children were dying or being left with medication resistant convulsions, mental retardation, learning disabilities, and physical handicaps after reacting severely to pertussis vaccine. Fifty years of scientific literature in medical journals and books has documented the history of these reports.


How Common are Pertussis Reactions in America?

Some three and a half million American children receive pertussis vaccine every year and most react mildly. But an unknown number react more severely with high-pitched screaming, persistent crying for 3 or more hours, fever over 103F., excessive sleepiness, convulsions or collapse/shock that may lead to either death or permanent brain damage.


...evidently when the vax can cause death they consider that failure to thrive...

...but it's not exactly what this thread is about...(thank heavens)

Although I must say I have read many times that vaccination can leave a child failing to thrive. Let me look for a better link ...


Dr. Andrew Wakefield

This one is very interesting - please read it thoroughly. I've read a lot about Dr. Wakefield lately. He is a stomach and gut specialist whose agenda was absolutely not to research vaccines. He came upon that subject stricktly incidentally. That's exactly why he is so believable.
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Alieand the twins:
Are you breastfeeding, formula feeding, or somewhere in between? If you are breastfeeding at all, have you seen an IBCLC?

I'm curious, if you are breastfeeding and giving solids, exactly how the nutritionist determined your child's caloric intake?

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Thanks for all the info ! I will try to answer all your questions.

His sleep has been great ever since about 15 months. He takes one 2-3 hour nap during the day and sleeps at night from around 8:45pm until about 7:00am waking up one time to nurse. I think this is great but is this enough sleep for a 20 month old?

I personally have a lot of food limitations as I have Chrons disease and am on a special diet. I offer my son however all kinds of foods - meat, eggs, dairy etc..

He is willing to eat almost any kind of food but just will not eat much. The only food I can think of that he has not been willing to eat (he spits it right out again and acts like you have fed him something aweful) is avacado. The food he will eat the most of is fruit - peaches, berries, raisons and O shaped cereal. He will feed himself with a spoon or fork but resists me feeding him that way. He eats with his fingers too of course. I can often sneak food in with my fingers when he is playing and not paying to much attention.

Here are his size stats at 18 months - - Weight 18lb 0 oz (0.25%) Head circumfrence 18.5" (14.94%) Height 30" (2.05%). His weight for length ratio is in the 2.3% which is not too terrible. In fact it is the same ratio as his twin brother who is 3” taller and 3.5lb heavier. I believe that a lot of his smallness is genetic. However I am getting worried because his growth rate has been going downhill since around 9 months and he hasn’t gained much weight at all in the past 2 months (4 oz). He started solid foods at 6.5 months and I personally think that is what started his FFT issues. He was growing just fine on exclusive breastmilk (right along the 5% line).

He has had all his “prescribed” immunizations with the exception of MMR and Chicken Pox. I’ll check into the immunizations causeing FTT links.

WendyGrace – how did you get your son to eat the flaxseed oil. Did you mix it with something?

One important fact that I failed to mention is that he has/had Reflux. It was treated off and on with Zantac from 4-12 months. At 12 months he had an upper GI which showed that he had a definite reflux problem. He has been on Zantac faithfully since then and is no longer displaying any Reflux symptoms. We have thought of trying to wean him off of it to see if he is over the reflux but decided not to until he starts growing well again. Other than Reflux, he has been a very healthy kid. He had the usual amount of minor fevers and head colds but never had antibiotics or any meds at all other than infant Tylanol and Motrin (and the Zantac).

Well, I had better post this now. Thank you all!!
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Breathless wonder - we must have been posting at the same time... I am stilll breastfeeding on demand which varies from 2-5 times a day (24hrs) at this point. To estimate breastfeeding calories the nutritionist assumes he was getting 3oz a feeding (this was my best guess based on pumping I did about 10 months ago) and 20 cal/oz.

I haven't seen a LC becasue I don't think there is anything wrong with my milk supply. He nurses on demand. If I asked him to nurse more I think he would. I am considering doing this as a temporary solution but I don't think it is the best long term solution for upping his calorie intake.

He has not had formula except for .25 oz he recieved at 1 day old. --A decision that I very much regret. - - A nurse convinced me that he NEEDED it. ( I believe I know better now)
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Pumping is absolutely NOT an accurate way to assess how much breastmilk a baby is taking. Pre and post weights are better, though still flawed.

An IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) does much more than asess supply. She looks at the whole breastfeeding relationship. I would NOT rely on an "LC" or "breastfeeding educator" (though there are some really excellent and knowledgeable ones out there) if my child were having issues labeled as FTT.

Current thinking on increasing a baby's weight gain is not just put the baby to the breast more frequently. While that can help if a baby is going for a really long time between feeds, extending the amount of time per breastfeeding session during which a baby is actively swallowing can yield results. Breast compression can be useful in accomplishing this. And, with easily distractable, older nurslings, a few breastfeeding sessions in a darkened room, with no distractions, can also help increase weight gain/ growth.

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I've done a lot of reading on the vaccination question, and "failure to thrive" does come up a lot as one of the possible consequences to vaccination.

There are lots of possible ways it can do this. Until recently vaxes contained dangerous amounts of mercury in them. Mercury, the most poisonous non-radioactive natural element known to humans, interferes majorly with immune-systems, and one of it's well known poison symptoms is digestive problems. It kills of the grams and grams of healthy bacteria in the gut which are needed to complete digestion. Bad bacteria takes over because it is more mercury resistent, and can even cause leaky gut syndrome and all sorts of allergies.

One thing I have noticed is I've had mothers who have told me that after their babies got vaxed, they noticed as they monitored their growth on growth charts that GROWTH STOPPED ALTOGETHER FOR THE FOLLOWING FEW WEEKS! Now that is temporary failure to thrive, and there is no doubt in my mind that there will be children who are adversely affected for much longer, including sometimes even permanently as you pointed out Gitti.

Factor in how in their classic book on the dangers of the DPT vax: "A Shot in the Dark" by Harris Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher, they found that many studies found the DPT ( a vaccine reputed to be even more reactive than any other, though I think it's neck and neck with MMR personally) could often be linked with causing "failure to thrive".


The digestive tract has a difficult job of sorting out food substances to take into the body and make part of "us", and rejecting other components as non-self. If the immune-system starts reacting to food substances that it used to see as friendly, as potentially part of "self", that is when an allergy begins. It no longer is friendly to those substances, will reject them....sometimes to the point of over-reaction, thereby affecting the digestion of other food components, which leads to malabsorption states (ie. failure to thrive).

Vaccines potentially cause this because they are known to set up auto-immune reactions. Their foreign proteins get injected straitght into the bloodstream, bypassing the mucus membranes of the nose, throat and stomach (the digestive tract). Basically it's like a trojan horse infiltrating the body's defences by stealth. Normally, with natural infections the immune-systems defences meet an invader at the level of the mucus membranes, not firstly in the blood. This seems to skew immune reactions for a lot of people.


I hope this explanation helps. I'm not trying to alarm, only inform. Knowledge empowers.
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reflux is often caused by weak digestion. Makes sense in a failure to thrive case.


A well known naturopath here in New Zealand recommends food enzyme supplements after a meal. She said it really helps.
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Breathless wonder - we must have been posting at the same time... I am stilll breastfeeding on demand which varies from 2-5 times a day (24hrs) at this point. To estimate breastfeeding calories the nutritionist assumes he was getting 3oz a feeding (this was my best guess based on pumping I did about 10 months ago) and 20 cal/oz.

I haven't seen a LC becasue I don't think there is anything wrong with my milk supply. He nurses on demand. If I asked him to nurse more I think he would. I am considering doing this as a temporary solution but I don't think it is the best long term solution for upping his calorie intake.

He has not had formula except for .25 oz he recieved at 1 day old. --A decision that I very much regret. - - A nurse convinced me that he NEEDED it. ( I believe I know better now)
Ok I read through the whole thread. Have a RAST allergy test done on him. My ds#2 who is 20mo was just (and I mean just as in this March) diagnosed with food allergies, we have since found that he has Eosinophilic esophagitis which is a substantial amount of white blood cells in his esophagus that attack the food he eats so it goes in and comes out the same way. We are now on a VERY limited diet and will be supplementing him with Neocate.

To give you a little background, He was Ebf until he was about 7 mo BY 8 or 9 mo he was wearing 2T - He was my little porkchop. In July of 2003 he weighted in at 24 1/2 lbs this past May on the same scale at the same office he weighed in at 23 lbs. Not because he was walking and active, but because he isn't absorbing calories. PM if you want information regarding this or if you want me to post more info on the thread I will.

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Anna has a history of reflux too. She's 17 months old and 20lbs 7oz. She's on prevacid in caracream and her reflux symptoms are improved. We just missed out appt with the ped GI this morning - ARGH.. I totally forgot. Now I'm delayed till August to get in... {smack head}.
Anyway, Anna is now eating and getting supplemented. It's helped us get this far. No flames - this is what we do to avoid tubes and stay on the growth chart. She takes 8oz of pediasure (it's a ton of calories and vitamins) at nap. She take about 6oz at bedtime and a few oz overnight if she wakes and is hungry (we're not breastfeeding anymore). For breakfast she gets a full cup of La Creme Yogurt (very high calories), a few cheerios, and whatever else she'll eat (cracker?). I feed her breakfast and she eats lunch and dinner by herself. We always eat with the TV on for full distraction. She zones out watching the wiggles and will allow me to feed her or will eat herself. I know this is a lot of tv for a 1 yr old, but it's allowed her to eat (she wouldn't accept food until around 13 months old and wouldn't even tolerate seeing her bottle until 9 months, we fed her in her sleep before this). Her skills improved drastically when we took a vacation to www.mountainlakehotel.com . All the meals were buffet with amazing variety in selection. She was pretty thrilled and ate great. I make lots of meals during the week so I have lots of leftovers. Her lunch yesterday was 1/4plate hominy, 1/4 plate french style green beans, 1/4plate spiral pasta with sauce, 1/4 chicken/veggie/egg dish. We followed that up with some teddy grahms (2), a saltine (her favorite?), and some goldfish. She's ate some of everything and did a great job with her plate. We try to do a high fat breakfast once a week with pancakes/syrup, bacon, eggs, etc. We cook with real butter, make mac and cheese using cream, etc. 1T of cream is 100calories. Think of all the ways you can include it! Coconut milk is also supposed to be high in fat. It would be a great drink alternative to pediasure if you know he's getting enough of his vitamins. We use pediasure to ensure that she's getting all the fortified stuff since she doesn't eat a ton. Snacks for us include air popped popcorn with real butter, lunch meat (1 piece of bologna is 90 calories!, she loves salami and pepperoni), nutrigrain bars, bagels with cream cheese, and her favorite - a blend of soy nuts, sunflower seeds, and raisons that I make and keep in tupperware. She loves her nuts and they're small enough to swallow without chewing and not pose a choking hazard. Hopefully some of this helps you. I can't encourage you enough to go to pediatric allergist and get that area checked out. An allergist can pinpoint things that other doctors wouldn't consider. Essentially, my goal is to help Anna recover from a year of food refusal and help her gain weight. If she'll eat it then we'll serve it. I follow up lunch and dinner with some chopped fruit to try and balance her out. The only thing she won't eat so far is fish. She loves steak. Be creative, look for high calorie ideas. I personally would be hesitant to get a g-tube. If you commit yourself to helping him gain them you should be able to find some ways to increase the "umph" of what he does eat and also try offering food as often as possible. Anna eats best in her car seat. I'm not sure how keen on tv you are, but it's been a huge help to us. Her fear of eating is gone and her interest in eating is much higher. Regarding avocado - I use to make a bean soup that I would feed her, it was an excellent way to hide one or two cubes of frozen pureed avacodo cubes. The super baby food book suggest making cream cheese balls rolled in wheat germ for snacks - I haven't tried it yet, but it sure sounds high calorie!

Hope some of this helps.. feel free to call/email to talk or for more ideas.
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I have to FTT children. The oldest started with weight issues at 3months, by 9months was losing weight and put on whole milk. I believe had the first dr's not lost her charts she would have been labelled earlier. My 3rd is FTT, she also has reflux and could not handle any dairy until she was 15months. At 12months she was 16lbs & sent to a ped. He was, imo, an idiot. First he told me I had to quit bf'ing now, I refused. She was bf'ing 7-10times a day-night. I did cut her down to 4 a day and if she woke up at night I'd nurse her. He also wanted me to add 1tbsp of magerine or oil to everything she ate. He said to not worry about cholesterol now. I would only add it to things that IMO could have it added, there are certain foods that I would never add it to it. He saw her again a month later and nothing had changed. He told me I had to cut out bf'ing and put her on cows milk. I told him she can't have dairy so he said to put her on soy formula, I refused to put her on soy. He then wanted me to put her on soy milk. I did for 5 weeks and by then she was able to tolerate dairy without puking it everywhere. She's just over 2 and she still has some issues with dairy so I don't allow her much. I stopped bf'ing her at 16months.

My oldest is now 5 and 42lbs, it took her until she was 3 to catch up to her peers. My dr said that if she hadn't caught up by then that she would be tested.

My youngest finally got on the charts at 18months, she is now 26months and 22lbs. She also had alot of developmental delays.

Having had 2 FTT children I am no longer concerned about them being small.
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My son has also been labelled FTT, twice. The first was at a week old when he lost almost a pound from his birthweight (he actually really had thrush) and the second, at 6 months when he weighed 12 lbs. I am starting to wonder if the DTaP didn't cause the 2nd FTT diagnosis...he's always had some type of reaction to it. Right now, the LC is having us nurse with a lact-aid and I'm pumping with a hospital grade pump. He also has a solids diet from a dietician (he's 7 months old now), which includes avocado, whole milk yogurt, brown cream of rice, etc. He's also on an entirely gluten free diet for the moment (in addition to FTT, he also has eczema, and my half sister has a wheat allergy. Until he can be tested for food allergies, we're going to try the gluten free thing and see if it helps).

If you're still nursing, try using a lact-aid or SNS to increase your supply (if your supply is low). The lact-aid has helped ds nurse longer with less distractions.

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If I were you I would do some more investigating of the vaccine issue, before you go ahead and give your child another round of shots. The DTaP has definitely been linked to causing FTT.


Some children are susceptible to adverse effects due to their unique genetic make-up. Vaccinations one-size-fits-all approach is actually very unscientific.


Many medical authorities consider a reaction to the DTaP, such as you mentioned a contraindication to further boosters.



Here are some links that may help: www.vaclib.com
www.vaccinedebate.com
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