Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The baby is a picky eater. Actually, she's more like an intermittent eater. Some days she eats adult sized portions and I marvel at how she's fitting it all in to that tiny body. Other days she tosses everything I offer directly on the floor. I know this is normal, incredibly annoying, but normal.
What's my point? The baby gains weight very sloooowly.
I am unconcerned - she is thriving and developing right on milestone schedule. She's happy, full of energy and has a bright twinkle in her eyes.
Her pediatrician is concerned. Here's the tricky bit. She's only concerned because she's not following a good curve on the percentile chart. She is now 'required' to start testing the baby for underlying reasons for slow weight gain. How do you test for pickyness? What procedure do you use to see if inherited eating habits might be a factor? The husband is a skinny, intermittent eater. The tests they have in mind are invasive.
The six year old was exactly the same at this age but she managed to stick to that all important curve by the skin of her teeth. Perhaps because she never crawled. She sat and sat and sat. She never moved from one spot for hours at a time. (It was great!)
The baby is not skinny or lethargic. She just NEVER stops moving. Even in sleep she thrashes around her crib. Why can't we use that as the reason for her slower weight gain. She does gain weight but then she gets a cold and loses it or she has a big jump in height so her weight ratio is off again.
Like all parents I Googled the topic - guess what, pages and pages of parents frustrated that those damn charts seem to ignore the fact that we are all different. I don't know about you but my friends are all different heights and weights and perfectly healthy. Wouldn't it make sense that kids are too?
My pediatrician has delicately explained that she sees my point but if I won't agree to the testing - I'll need a new pediatrician. Why? The practice doesn't want to get sued if later some underlying cause is found that they failed to identify.
I like my practice - we've been with them for six years, I like all the doctors. They take my insurance.
I am going to the next weight check with my lawyer and a detailed report on the flaws of the percentile charts. You think I'm kidding.
You realize of course that if I do the baby will have gained 3 pounds and will be in the 90th percentile.
I need a donut.