16 Month Old - Failure To Thrive
Posted 01 August 2004 - 06:11 PM
I have seen her pediatrician, and 2 different pediatric gastros. I really appreciate any info that can help my little girl stop suffering. Thanks in advance.
Posted 02 August 2004 - 01:36 PM
Posted 03 August 2004 - 03:03 PM
My 3 y.o. daughter was recogized with failure to thrive. She, too, would lie around with her blankie rather than play and was always very calm on outings. Her tummy was getting big and she was screaming at everyone. She had a lot of gas and some rectal prolapse(I called it "the rose" when she had BM's, I had to push it back in)Her first doctor told me that children that age just stick their tummy out. I replied that her posture had not changed and why did she look malourished? He said he talked to other doctors and not much else could be done! I took her to another doctor about a month later after a shoe shopping trip-her feet had not changed size in 8 months. She did not have diarreah so her doctor was thinking tumors on adrenal glands. At that point I insisted she be referred to an endocrinologist. The lack of D was because she had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis(can cause constipation), which usually goes hand-in-hand with Celiac. Fortunately the endocrinologist ordered an IGA test that was very high, which was followed by a GI visit with positive biopsy. She now takes thyroid medicine, eats gluten-free and is a very active little girl. She has also grown a half inch and gained two pounds in the last six weeks!
I think it would be important to insist on at least these three tests:
antigliadin IgA and IgG (indicates gluten sensitivity)
anti-tTG and/or anti-endomysial (more specific to intestinal damage)
total serum IgA (rules out IgA deficiency)
I was recently diagnosed with IBS. I had to ask for a test. The doctor only did tTG-IGA which was negative and refused to do an IgG. I had to insist on a referral to a GI and my endoscopy report just states "chronic unspecified inflammation and no significant blunting of villi". I did eat gluten-free for over a week though and felt super!
Keep persisting, a mother knows when things are not right. This is an excellent place to gain knowledge for "ammunition"
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