You all know that Nila is a small baby. Born 5lbs – and we were excited at the ER last week to see her tipping the scales at 15/16 pounds. She is 11 months today, btw. Today we took her to the pediatrician to have her stitches removed and get her vaccinations caught up. She weighed in at 15.5lbs.
I asked the doctor if her weight is a concern, fully expecting to hear “No,” honestly. She has been growing well up to this point – tripling her birthweight. But he didn’t say “No.” He said that she has continued to grow in length, but has leveled off in weight, and that is an issue. If she hadn’t leveled off in weight but continued to grow proportionally, it would be fine, even if she IS small.
He did a quick physical exam to check for obvious things that can cause poor weight gain (heart murmur, enlarged organs and glands, etc…) and Nila seemed fine. So he suggested that we supplement her diet with two bottles of Pediasure a day. He suspects that the drop in weight is simply because of a drop in my own milk supply, as solid foods at this age are really just “dessert,” and not meant for much of a baby’s nutritional/caloric needs (his words). He also said that her insurance should cover these costs, so we dropped off the prescription at Giant Eagle. As we were dropping it off, I noticed that the prescription had “failure to thrive” written on it. (sigh). The pharmacy said that we need prior authorization but that it will take three days to get it, so we went home, walked to Kroger and picked up a few bottles of the strawberry flavor. We’ll see how she likes it – she drank about a fourth of a bottle tonight with dinner, but towards the end of dinner was dribbling it out of her cute little mouth – a clear sign that she is bored with whatever is in her mouth.
I know that in the grand scheme of things that can be wrong with a baby, this is NOTHING. And anyone who has met Nila KNOWS that she is NOT failing to thrive! 🙂 It’s just a little bump in the road – but I want to figure it out as soon as we can. I don’t want her to be HUNGRY, or to need nutrients that she is not getting, and I don’t want her to need to live on Pediasure for the next several years either!
And yes, fyi, she did scream her pretty little head off when the stitches were removed – not because they hurt but because we were holding her still. Those cries were nothing, though, compared to the ones when she got her shots right after! She wailed like a wildabeast and then went to sleep. Too much drama for one day, I suppose.