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Back On The Growth Chart!

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I took DD to the doctor today as she's been sick. Turns out she has an ear infection. The visit, of course, included a weight check and I am so excited!

She is 11 months old and now weights 16lbs. 9oz.-up 2 pounds since going gluten free two months ago! She now ranks around 7th percentile on the growth chart, when she's spent a bit of time in the margin below the chart.

I still feel like we have some other issues to deal with, but we have an appointment with an allergy/immunology specialist in two weeks so I'm hopeful we'll know more then.

Mom to 3 girls

DD1-diagnosed by allergist 10/2006

DD4 & DD9-diagnosed by Mom 01/2007

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I am excited for you!

We celebrated when Kathryn made it back on the growth chart too - she was stuck at 36 inches for a year and fell below zero before we had "stat" referral to endocrinologist. It was her thyroid at that time(1996). She was at the top of the scale for weight when diagnosed celiac in 2004 (not thin like the books say), she has slimmed out and she no longer looks pregnant (thats how big her tummy was).

Anyway - so happy for you - its such a great feeling when you see them gain ground and thrive. :)


Type 1 diabetes - 1986

hypothyroid -1993

pernicious anemia

premature atrial beats



daughter is: age 15

central hypotonia and developmental delay

balance issues (rides an adult 3 wheel bike)

hypothyroid 1996

dermatographia - a form of angioedema 2002

celiac 2004 - by endoscopy

diagnosed Aspergers at age 7 - responded very well (HUGE difference) to gluten-free diet

recovered from Kawasaki (2003)

lactose intolerant - figured out in Oct/06

Gilberts syndrome (April/07)

allergy to stinging insects

scoliosis Jan 2008

nightshade intolerance - figured out April 2008

allergy to Sulfa antibiotics

son is 13

type 1 diabetic - 2003 diagnosed on his 9th birthday

celiac - 2004 by endoscopy

lactose intolerant - figured out Nov/06

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So exciting! I have to tell you that I'm an advocate now of seeing an allergy doctor, so I was excited when you said you were referred to one. Our pediatrician is the first person to mention celiac to us and referred us to an allergy/asthma doctor.

The allergy/asthma doctor is the first person who was aggressive in figuring out what was going on with our son. He had been to 4 doctors, visited the ER several times during asthma attacks and was hospitalized once for asthma, not to mention his other problems (constipation, not gaining on his curve, hives, vomiting, etc.) over about a 6 month period. Within a week or so of seeing the allergy doctor, we had skin testing and bloodwork, which immediately told us he was allergic to lots of foods as well as having one high number possibly pointing to celiac. We were immediately referred to a GI for further testing. We also started him on medication to greatly reduce the hives and itching. He has not thrown up since, now that we know specifically what to avoid. I have since brought our other 2 kids to this doctor for allergy testing and have gotten answers and solutions to so many problems we have had for years, some of which we never realized were even associated with allergies. Maybe we got lucky with who we have, but he is by far the single best doctor of any kind we have ever been to.

I wish you the best of luck at your appointment and hope you get answers to everything you need. By the way, my youngest dropped off his curve, too, just like yours. He was 17 pounds at his 1 year check up and just last week, had his 2 year and was 20 pounds 12 ounces. We see the GI for the first time next week and I can't wait to get him started on a gluten-free diet and hopefully start packing on a few pounds. It's nice to hear the stories with little ones starting to gain wait and gives the rest of us hope. Good luck to you guys!

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