I know this is not exactly the right board to post on, but I don't think there is something like the "right" board.
And here there is at least a lot of mothers (fathers) that have experience with slow weight gain.
DD was born at 38 weeks due to severe preeclampsia. She was 6lb 3 oz at birth, something like 50th percentile.
She is now 15 months and very small, way, way below the first percentile. She has been dropping through the
percentiles continuously and steadily. She is still growing, not plateauing, but at a much slower rate than "normal".
Her head circumference is growing on the 10th percentile and her height on the 25%, which is a relief.
There are many small women and men in both our families and I have a small head (have to buy bicycle helmets for children, but somehow managed to get a PhD
Otherwise her mental and physical development in the normal range. So, I was completely flabbergasted when the pediatrician suggested
we rule our genetic abnormalities. The wait for an appointment with a pediatric geneticist is months, but will come up finally in January.
I like the pediatrician and trust her and she sais there is nothing specific she has in mind, but just wonders. Oh, yes: our daughter
has unusual ears: there are formed completely normal, but are not against her head, but perpendicular to it. We call them Yota-ears and I am very fond of them. We dont know of anybody else in our family who has ears sticking out like this.
So here I am - freaked out and scared by the unknown. Most of all I need support and a bit of handholding until the appointment, but I also have questions:
Has this happened to anybody? Does anybody know of a board I could post on? What are your tricks with regard to weight gain of underweight babies? Is out pediatrician over-reacting?
I have been trying to put some weight on her using all methods imaginable. Somehow I thought if she only gains some weight, this threat will go away. She is very happy but knows exactly when she is done eating (she shakes her head ad sais "no,no"). I feel I have to back off a bit, so she is not getting an awkward relationship to food. (She eats very little, but loves it and eats with appetite. She also drinks very little milk. Offered cow, soy, goat and continue to breastfeed.)
Thanks for listening!