Posted by: Lino | 2008/01/31


Baby not picking up sufficient weight

Our son was born, in october 2007, all is well and fine, left hospital and so life carries on. First visit to clinic for weight went well and he picked up the normal weight he should have. After the 3rd visit the nurse said we should take our son to our paediatrician as he has not picked up much weight from the last visit (only a couple of grams, we did just that. He is breast fed, sleeps well during the day as well as at night from 8pm to about 4 or 5am. Very content, moves alot legs kicking about he smiles, and cries very seldom only when he wants his feed, but otherwise nappy is wet, and used both sides no problem there. We were given a few things to try, the last being sweet oil, none the less, a week later he picked up 300g just like that. He does not seem sick and definately does not seem at any discomfort, I'm looking for some info on what the causes could be, as we are waiting for some tests to come back.

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You have not given me your baby's weight so it is very difficult for me to be sure if he is doing as badly from his weight point of view as you have been told. He seems to be a very happy and contented baby from your description.If his weight gain is as poor as you have been told then he falls into a category of a baby that is failing to thrive, but from your description your son does not fit into this category.Please send further information as it becomes available eg the test results and your baby's weight.

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Posted by: Lino | 2008/01/31

Sorry doc Lino again, how silly of me birth weight 3.560kg and 50cm in length when we left the hosp. he weight 3.370kg that was in october 11th, first check 28/11/07 his weight went up to 4.400kg next visit on 28/12/07 he only went up to 4.470kg, thats when we went to paediatrician, tried a few things and fed a bit of formula once a day, but he dont like it and some times does not agree with it, next visit to paediatrician two weeks later and he shot up to 5.000kg, then we went to the usual clinic for weighing and injections on 28/01/08 and he went to 5.08kg, paediatrician got stool sample and yes waiting on tests. sorry for the brief info at first,

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