2 months old and not gaining weight!HELP

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Registered: 10-21-2002
2 months old and not gaining weight!HELP
Fri, 11-18-2011 - 2:25pm

Hi everyone..I took my daughter for her two month check up yestarday and was concerned to see she hasnt gained weight.She does have infant reflux and is on Enfamil AR and it does help somewhat..She only spits up immediately after a bottle now and not nearly as much.She's also on a reflux med...But she's not gaining weight..She's only gained about 2 oz since her last appt..She's never fussy but all she does is sleep..We have her on an every 3 hr feeding schedule right now on doctors orders..She's falling at about the 5th percentile for weight and height right now..Thats so close to the border if she doesnt gain any by her next appt in 4 weeksshe'll be diagnosed with failure to thrive..She eats plenty for her age..Literally she gets 5 oz(thats all she'll take at a feeding) every three hrs around the clock..so about 8 feedings a day for a total of about 40 oz..I've dabbled with the idea that she may have an allergy of some kind but soy formula didnt help her at all..The AR stays down well but maybe she's not absorbing it? Im really worried because she's such a little girl..she'll still wearing newborn diapers at 2 months and I feel awful.Would it hurt to try a special formula for allergy or for fat malabsorption?She also seems to gag a lot and has a chronic stuffy nose..She never smiles and by now she should be starting to..Anyone with experience I would love to hear your opinions on this.

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Fri, 11-18-2011 - 11:49pm
i dont have any experience with this but i wanted to send you hugs, having to worry about your baby is the worst thing ever ! im not familiar with that formula but i think you were the one using a thickened formula? what med is she on for the reflux, have you seen a GI doc yet. my DD never had weight gain issues but she did have horrible reflux and belly issue the GI doc really helped. its possible she has a soy/milk intolerance my GI doc told if they have a dairy intolerance about 30% of kids also have a soy intolerance or allergy. If it is a diary issue formula of any kind will probably be rough for you. I BF for 6 months but then had to EP and cut out dairy and soy from my diet bc my daughter tolerated NO formula not even the "hypoallergenic" ones like alimentum. You are doing a fantastic job under not so great circumstances...i hope you find answers soon
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Registered: 09-21-2011
Mon, 11-21-2011 - 2:59pm

I'm so sorry that you and your family are strugglng right now.

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Registered: 10-25-2008
Thu, 12-01-2011 - 10:44am
akhtarsa wrote:

If your gut is telling you to push harder and come up with a different answer for your child, then I think you should do it.

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Registered: 07-27-2011
Tue, 01-03-2012 - 10:18am

Hi there! It seems like you are having a really tough time. Hopefully, I can help a little. It seems the main issues here are whether it hurts to eat and that she is not gaining weight.

The fact that she is still gagging and never smiles could simply be because of hidden reflux. By that I mean that the milk is still coming up and causing her pain, but you cannot see it because it is not coming out of her mouth.