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Failure to thrive?? ✌Nikki☀ 1 child; Illinois 2110 posts
25th Nov '12

Have any of you had a child that was diagnosed with "Failure to Thrive"?



My daughter was 7.6lb when she was born. At a little over 2 months old, she was only 9.4lb. Last time I had her to the doctor, which was like 3 weeks ago, she was 10.3lb. They did tell me she is gaining weight very slowly. But they never mentioned that she had failure to thrive.



Anyways. She'll be 3 months old tomorrow and she sleeps anywhere from 8-10 hours a night and has been since she was like 1.5 months old. I read that excessive sleeping is a sign of FTT. I breastfeed her... do you think I'm not producing enough milk? I'm really worried about her. Every time I take her to the doctor though he acts like I'm an idiot and tells me, "She's not sick. She's gaining weight. Slowly, but she's gaining. We'll be worried if she isn't wetting enough diapers or she starts losing weight". I think it shouldn't have to come to that for them to intervene.



This is all jumbled up. I'll just shut up now and ask,
If your child had failure to thrive, what are ways you were able to help them? My mom suggested I should feed her for 10 minutes on each breast then offer her a bottle.

Hy'ska 2 kids; Washington 50677 posts
25th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Chloe's Mommy 8.26.2012:</b>" Have any of you had a child that was diagnosed with "Failure to Thrive"? My daughter was 7.6lb when ... [snip!] ... are ways you were able to help them? My mom suggested I should feed her for 10 minutes on each breast then offer her a bottle."</blockquote>




She sounds fine to me. Some kids are slow growers. My 10m old is teeeeny but healthy. He fits in 3-6m clothes and is 3% for weight but healthy.




Is she meeting her milestones?

r a b b i t ™ 1 child; Wildcat stuck in the Cards-nation, KY, United States 27518 posts
25th Nov '12

As long as she's on a consistent growth curve, she should be alright. I wouldn't go trying to put excessive calories in her diet if her pediatrician is satisfied with her weight gain. 8-10 hours of sleep at 3 months old isn't bad, but honestly I'm pretty sure my kids slept more at that age.

Supafly★ 2 kids; Poland 14109 posts
25th Nov '12

My first son had it. He was like, 9lbs at 3 months. I had to supplement and he plumped up. But if she's gaining weight and having wet diapers, and eating every 2-3 hours I wouldn't worry.

✌Nikki☀ 1 child; Illinois 2110 posts
25th Nov '12
Quoting Brink:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Chloe's Mommy 8.26.2012:</b>" Have any of you had a child that ... [snip!] ... My 10m old is teeeeny but healthy. He fits in 3-6m clothes and is 3% for weight but healthy. Is she meeting her milestones?"

She holds her head up good. She's cooing a lot. Starting to laugh. Smiles all the time.. She seems to be meeting all her milestones. I really got worried because she sleeps 8-10 hours straight through and when she gets up her diaper is dry. Like she doesn't pee over night. That doesn't seem normal?

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
25th Nov '12

No she's fine. No reason for intervention or formula. Breastfed babies often gain weight a lot more slowly than formula fed babies because breast milk is so easily digested. It was disigned for human babies' needs. I mean think about it, formula is made from cows milk which is essentially breastmilk for baby cows so it's made specifically for THEIR needs. Baby cows are meant to gain 900 lbs in the first year of their life, of course formula fed babies are more likely to gain more weight and faster than breastfed babies.



Failure to thrive is an actual condition with parameters that need to met for a diagnosis. If your baby won't meeting those then she does not have it. If she is growing (albeit slowly) and having wet diapers and reasonably responsive to your stimuli, she is fine. Just try to stop worrying, your doctor knows what he's doing.

Hy'ska 2 kids; Washington 50677 posts
25th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Chloe's Mommy 8.26.2012:</b>" She holds her head up good. She's cooing a lot. Starting to laugh. Smiles all the time.. She seems to ... [snip!] ... 8-10 hours straight through and when she gets up her diaper is dry. Like she doesn't pee over night. That doesn't seem normal?"</blockquote>




All seems normal to me momma. Both my kids wouldn't pee if they slept 8-10 hours a night. They make up for it during the day :)

✌Nikki☀ 1 child; Illinois 2110 posts
25th Nov '12
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MommaNoodle 2 kids; Pennsylvania 13115 posts
25th Nov '12
Quoting Chloe's Mommy 8.26.2012:" Have any of you had a child that was diagnosed with "Failure to Thrive"? My daughter was 7.6lb when ... [snip!] ... are ways you were able to help them? My mom suggested I should feed her for 10 minutes on each breast then offer her a bottle."


well, i'm not a doctor, nor did i ever have a failure to thrive child, but... i agree with the doctor. and the reason they say that is because before that, there is no concern to them. that really is the only way for them to know if she is not growing and gaining properly. i'd say she is fine, as long as she keeps eating and peeing and pooping regularly. plus, 7 lbs isn't that small. my daughter was born 3 weeks early and she was 6 lbs 4 oz, but my nephew was born on time and he was 7 lbs something. so... some kids are smaller than others. and my daughter was always in the 25th percentile for weight up until she was about 2. oh, and another thing to add.... i actually didn't produce enough milk. she was born at 6 lbs 4 oz, but she came home from the hospital at 5 lbs 13 oz, which is common for them to lose a little at first. but at her first doctor's appt about a week later or whatever, she was only 5 lbs 8 oz. even then, she was never labeled a failure to thrive. but i did have to start supplementing. so, if your LO is still gaining, don't get worried. my daughter slept a lot too. she's still a lazy little 6 year old, lol.

ayresmommy 20 kids; Independence, Missouri 46 posts
25th Nov '12

My DS was failure to thrive. He wasn't holding down formula at all. He was on special formula and we were thickening it and nothing was working. He was 5 months and still only weighing a little over 5 lbs. He was also a premie so that had a lot to do with it.

DifferentDay Due June 2; 34 kids; Tennessee 3467 posts
25th Nov '12

Yes. Her pedi my lactation consultant n my Ob all said she was "fine"... She wasn't. I was bfing n wasn't producing anything. I have pics of her at like 3 months n she was so sick looking. I couldn't see it it then. She slept a lot I was told I got lucky. My mom, mil, all said something was wrong but since she was "gaining" she was "fine". Moved to tn n her new pedi said ftt. I can't look at the pics of her little bc I feel terrible for thinking she was ok. It makes me cry every time. I eventually lost my supply n used formula. She was so so hungry she took 2 8 ozs in one feeding. She cried a lot less, slept less but woke up happy. She had color n started to gain. She was 8lbs9ozs at birth n in 3 months she was only 10lbs. W my 2nd I noticed the signs right away n switched to formula w.o hesitation. I knew my body wasn't making enough w my 1st but no one would listen to me. Ur the mom. Use ur instincts. If u have a gut feeling something's not right but med professionals say otherwise, go w ur gut. Do what u think would be best n comfy with. I supplemented w the 2nd w formula but she didn't want breast. She weaned herself at 4 months of that.

Ole' No Name TTC since Oct 2013; 1 child; Singapore, Singapore 5838 posts
25th Nov '12

Sounds fine to me.
My DD is 11 months old and only 17.5 lbs.
Some babies just gain slow.

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
25th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Chloe's Mommy 8.26.2012:</b>" She seems to be gaining at the same rate that she has been since she's been born. I just got worried ... [snip!] ... best friend my entire life, actually thinks that I'd give my baby something to make her sleep is insulting. I'd NEVER do that."</blockquote>



Yeah your sister's kind of a b***h.
your baby sounds fine. My kids always woke up dry, it made it really easy when it came time to potty train. And all babies ate different, you just lucked out with a good sleeper! My son slept like that too as well as good naps during the day but my daughter is a demon nigh owl.
Just keep doing what you're doing.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 5705 posts
25th Nov '12

Unless a doctor actually diagnosed your daughter with that I wouldn't worry. It's a pretty long process with a huge list of requirements before pediatricians even consider labeling a baby with that. My youngest was born 10lbs 5oz. He just hit 20lbs at 12 months. He's in the 10% and is one of my smallest babies. His weight gain is slow, but he's been gaining consistently since he was born. Basically he gains a pound or 2 per well-checkup appointment. All babies are different. They come in all shapes and sizes. If your daughter is going to be petite, it could actually be harmful to force her to eat calories that she doesn't need.



I would talk to your pediatrician. Advice from friends and family isn't very reliable.

✌Nikki☀ 1 child; Illinois 2110 posts
25th Nov '12

Thanks mommas. I just worry... here are a few pictures. One from her at 3 weeks old, and one from 2 days ago... Does she looks fine to you? I don't know. I'm such a worrier..



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