That is what my baby boy has been marked as. Been labelled as. Failure to Thrive.
It had crossed my mind that this would happen, but to see it actually written down by a Consultant Paediatrician has kind of knocked me for six, if I’m honest.
I’ve been documenting Baby’s slow growth on this blog, and yes it did (and does) worry me, but even more so after today. It’s something about those words. FAILURE TO THRIVE.
He shouldn’t be failing to thrive! Only children in 3rd world countries fail to thrive. Those living in poverty fail to thrive. Not us, and not him!!
So why isn’t he growing. Why isn’t my baby growing like he should be?
Now I feel guilty. Is it me? My milk? If I had taken him to the weigh in clinic sooner would it have been picked up earlier? Would we have stopped this, have altered his path, and not have him labelled as a child who is failing to meet the recommended criteria.
There is nothing I can do now. It’s written there in black and white. What we must do now is to get his weight up to where it should be.
Today we saw a really lovely Consultant Paediatrician who specialises in Gastroenterology. He checked Baby over fully and then gave us the low down.
As far as he can see developmentally wise, Baby isn’t too far behind target. He is trying to sit unaided, when placed on his front he has the right movement to try to crawl etc and he feels it’s more to do with not having the weight behind him to do it. He reckons, with a bit more encouragement, in 6weeks or so Baby will be sitting unaided.
Baby’s weight this week was a high cause of concern. When we saw the Health Visitors last week he weighed 13lbs 5oz. He had been sick the night before he was weighed as we had had Prancer off the week before with a sickness bug. He has been running a slight temperature in the evenings, which has caused him to be more sick. Now, I don’t know if their scales are wrong at the hospital (which I really hope they are), but today’s weight was marked at 5.22kgs or in old money is 11lbs 5oz, meaning he has lost 2lbs in one week!!
The course of action? The one word I really didn’t want to hear. Formula.
Baby definitely has reflux. He may also have some sort of intolerance. We have tried Gaviscon and that didn’t work much, so this is the next step to get his weight back up. He has been prescribed Enfamil AR. It is specifically for Reflux babies. The formula forms a paste in the stomach making it harder for it to come back up again. This will then help the weight go on, in theory. Only saving grace is that we do not have to completely stop breastfeeding. The formula is designed to be a supplement, not a substitute. We are also to stick to his 3 meals a day, giving him as much as he can take, and as high caloried as possible.
The Doctor has also arranged for blood tests to be done to check everything is ok and there is no underlying issue there.
We go back in one month, and hopefully we will have some weight gain.
Wish us luck!