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Sep 18, 2008
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
Elyse's 15 mo well-check
She has put on 6 ounces in the last month (normal for her), up to 21-6. And she is 31 inches! Just for kicks, can you tell me how tall your 13 month olds are? (her adjusted age). She is taller than most kids her chronological age that we know!

Pedi wants me to try soy milk so I bought some. Then stupidly I gave her corn at dinner to see if she still reacts so I have to wait now on trying the soy (like she would drink it anyway *sigh*. I bought vanilla silk because I know Maggie likes it. He wants me to put it in a bottle instead of a cup and worry about cups later. But since she won't drink really out of bottles anyway i don't know that it will make a difference.

She is down to 5 ounces a day of formula and that is 2 bottles worth! She only takes 2-3 ounces at a time. I told the pedi this and he was not concerned at all. He said she can get calcium and protein elsewhere in her diet since she does eat some cheese and yogurt. I told him she only takes in an additional 4-8 ounces of water and juice daily and he is not concerned about hydration. *shrug* He also wants us to try pediasure boost. has anyone tried that?

She is getting 2 molars which explains the sleeping difficulties this past week (getting up every night again). I had a feeling it was this but had not been able to feel teeth yet.

I declined her chicken pox and MMR shots again. i just feel like I need to wait a little longer and engin's story scared me! She did get her last tetanus and a HIB shot (we only allow them to do 2 at a time).

Mealtime has become a one on one thing again...meaning i have to be right there at all times to encourage her to eat. And she is choking a lot again. I can't just put food on her tray anymore. I have to sit there and taste her food and make yum yum noises and then offer her a bite and sometimes she will take it. After about 2 months of her refusing anything off a spoon from me, wanting to do it herself, now she is mostly requiring me to feed her! WTH! I have started feeding her dinner before we eat, and she gets some down, then I let her out and we eat in the livingroom and she will run back and forth and come beg from our plates. She and i went out to lunch together before her appt today, and after eating less than one mini pancake for breakfast and only 2 ounces of formula, for lunch all she ate was 3/4 of a cheese stick and a bite of tortilla chip which she promptly choked on! I don't know how she puts any weight on. Her body must be very efficient. The dr just told me that toddlers put eating at a very low priority and that when she gets hungry/thirsty she will eat/drink. i know though that that is not necessarily true, although it is true for the majority of kids. I am just glad that she is still gaining and at a good weight.

Sep 19, 2008
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
i am glad she is gaining well! I hope she likes the pedisure, she might b/c its sweet. I had trouble gaining weight and keeping it when i was little and i had to drink it, i still remember the taste of pedisure lol. i think at 13 months emily was 32 inches. She too was/is taller then most all in her peer group. and i don't know what it is with kids and phases emily won't eat off a spoon again after she was doing well for so long, she won't do it herself either. she wants only to pick things up with her hands, not even pincher grasp, whole fist, ugh! lol i also had a feeling the pedi would say that about her hydration, i told the GI emily won't drink milk anymore and they were like "eh whatever"at least this visit might help assuage you that you are doing something good!
Sep 19, 2008
I don't have a toddler anymore, but I can share with you that my elise was very similar to your elyse. by way of being a picky eater as a toddler, we actually did pediasure since she was about 15 months after speaking to our pedi because we felt she was not on target as she was not walking and a very lazy crawler.

So we took her to a specialist, I don't remember what the exact term was but basically they told us she had lazy muscles. They suggested we buy her push walker and weigh it down with a 5 lb bag of beans or rice.

She has always been on the lower percentile for both height and weight. The only problem we had with pediasure was that was all she wanted for the 1st few months and we would have to beg her to eat and play lots of the same games you do.

She also perferred eating off our plate as well so we let her do it. We were lucky that she never suffered from reflux or any other major issues so I know that may be more of a challenge for you.

She is now 8 and is still on the lower percentile on weight lower on height but still within norm. She just recently started taking a liking to meat, but for many years she refused to eat it. We honestly thought she would grow up to be a vegetarian because she will take a veggie meal over comfort food any day! She loves her pastas and veggies stuff I would never eat like broussel sprouts, eggplant she would just ask for this stuff and I made it for her.

One thing her pedi had us do in addition to the pediasure is butter everything (which I didn't necessarily do) he told us to give her lots of ice cream so that is still her nightly dessert.

We have come to the conclusion she will be "petite" both my husband and myself are tall. Julian my 5 year old has caught up to his sister in height and weight.

My elise was born full term and my julian was born at 33 wks 4 days. Go figure? She is small but very, very healthy. Very rarely ever gets sick nothing outside the occasional cold.

Also you may want to look into insurance coverage for the pediasure. It is pretty pricey, we were lucky our ins covers it. Or, if you are on wic they also cover it.

Sep 19, 2008
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
Wow, that is a great weight gain! Coy is 11 mo. adjusted 17 1/2 pounds and 28 inches. I think 31 inches is tall for a girl @ 13 months! How come the soy? Is she not tolerating the milk yet or does she not like the taste? I've had to mix coyle's milk with juice. He pukes it up but in small amounts and it is not painful. and, he just loves it. he actually drank some *plain* milk today too. The vanilla soy is so yummy.. be prepared for gas though. (well, tmi, but that is what it does to me!)

pediasure boost-havent tried it but thought about it.

yes, molars stink! coy's are coming in too and he's been getting up @ night as well. how do you get her back to sleep?

i understand about the meal times. I too have to be very encouraging and animated to get him to eat a great meal. i took Michelles advice and we do snacks in the living room or stroller and only *mealtimes* B,L,D in the highchair so it takes a bit of stress off. Seems to be working.

they can be so finicky! as far as the choking. i have a GF with a non-refluxer. he choked on foods @ this age too. so, maybe it is normal?
Sep 19, 2008
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
Kat, yeah I am just supposed to make sure she eats dairy in other forms and gets enough calcium. I think I will do a little research on calcium rich foods and see what I come up with.

Maielise, thank you for your story about your elise. I will have to think of some things I can butter for her that she will eat. Somehow I think buttered fruit or cheese stick might not go over too well! (those are her main foods). I thought she was going to be a veggie too but she has started eating a little chicken and turkey. I bought some pediasure to try, that is my last resort. She won't drink the Silk either. I am tired of pouring everything down the sink. If I started drinking all the full fat stuff I buy for her I would be in trouble (my pants would be anyway!)

Coy's mom...he suggested soymilk bc she won't touch cow's or rice in any form including smoothie/popsicle! i do snacks out of the high chair too, we even do some meals not in the high chair. I think she is choking more again because she is getting those theory is that maybe she is chewing less bc it hurts where those teeth are coming in. You asked how I get her back to sleep...I try rocking in the chair in her room, if it doesn't work I go down stairs and make a bottle and rock her downstairs and offer the bottle. She would drink only one ounce though last time so that was another big waste. I have frequently had to sleep with her on the livingroom floor due to teething troubles (she won't sleep in our bed, she is afraid of DH in the bed....I would be too if I were her...he is a big guy!)

Sep 19, 2008
Glad to hear she's gaining. I don't know what Nathan was at 13 months, but at one year he was 30 inches. I think boys are usually bigger, so she's doing quite well in the height department. Molars are stinkers and seemed to give my lo discomfort for quite some time before they actually broke through Good luck! Hope she eats more for you.
Sep 20, 2008
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Well, I am glad she is growing. She is TALL - a little model like Halley! She is definitely taller than all of the 13 month-old kids I know (why do people think she is so small - because she is on the thin side? 31 inches in TALL. I think I remember Maggie's mom saying Maggies is that tall!). I think you are doing the right thing with the shots. Thankfully, they combine ours at our ped, which I know is still many vaccines, but only half the number of shots. Engin scared me, too!!

My milk allergic niece (now six) STILL loves vanilla soy milk. It is really, really sweet, so she thinks it is super delicious. My mom couldn't get my sister to eat anything as a toddler, so she resorted to Strawberry Quik, etc. I probably shouldn't tell you this, but my 37-year-old sister will still only drink milk if it is chocolate or strawberry!! We think she had MPI when she was little, but no one knew that to tell my mom...

Thanks again for researching the calcium-rich foods!

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