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    Question Growth has plateaued?

    My son is one year and a few weeks old. He is still nursing around 4-5x a day. At his 12 month checkup his growth had plateaued; he hadn't gained much weight at all since his 9 month checkup.

    He is eating some solid foods, but he gags really easily and then will throw up. Sometimes if he coughs, he will also throw up. At his checkup the doc said if he wasn't able to eat more solid foods by 15 months we would probably have to see a speech/occupational therapist to work on things.

    I've tried supplementing with some whole milk to get more protein in his diet (meat is one of the things that really makes him gag), but he refuses a sippy and bottle. I also tried some soy milk this morning just to see if I could find something that he liked the taste of to hopefully get him to drink from a cup. I don't know what to do??

    Otherwise he's developmentally where he should be - very active, saying some words, interacts with others, etc.
    SAHM to Roman (3/6/09) and Solomon (5/24/10)

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    Default Re: Growth has plateaued?

    That's really normal. What did your pediatrician say?

    ETA: I think the gagging and the not gaining weight are normal. Can you try to offer to nurse more often?
    Tracie

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    Default Re: Growth has plateaued?

    It's very normal for weight gain to level off after the baby is 6 months old. The calories that used to get packed on as fat go into motion instead.

    Growth proceeds in many dimensions at once. I'd only be concerned about a plateau in weight gain if the baby also plateaued in length and head circumference as well. If your baby got taller and his head grew at a normal rate, then I think there's nothing to worry about. But as the PP said, it wouldn't hurt to nurse more! Breast milk fills a lot of gaps in a toddler's erratic diet, and it is still one of the most calorie-rich foods your baby can consume. Forget pureed spinach- if you want to gain weight, have mama's milkshake!
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    Default Re: Growth has plateaued?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    It's very normal for weight gain to level off after the baby is 6 months old. The calories that used to get packed on as fat go into motion instead.

    Growth proceeds in many dimensions at once. I'd only be concerned about a plateau in weight gain if the baby also plateaued in length and head circumference as well. If your baby got taller and his head grew at a normal rate, then I think there's nothing to worry about. But as the PP said, it wouldn't hurt to nurse more! Breast milk fills a lot of gaps in a toddler's erratic diet, and it is still one of the most calorie-rich foods your baby can consume. Forget pureed spinach- if you want to gain weight, have mama's milkshake!
    He did plateau in height as well. Is that bad?? He's only 15th percentile... I think his head is good though.
    SAHM to Roman (3/6/09) and Solomon (5/24/10)

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*em0221 View Post
    He did plateau in height as well. Is that bad?? He's only 15th percentile... I think his head is good though.
    Joe lost almost 40 percentile points between six months and 18 months. This seems to be the norm with breastfed babies - they "skinny" out after mobility kicks in. As long as your baby has adequate diapers, is active and happy, and isn't losing weight, I wouldn't worry too much at this point. He may hit a growth spurt and gain a bunch (or more likely, gain in height) before his next check-up.

    Did your doctor seem concerned?


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    Default Re: Growth has plateaued?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*em0221 View Post
    He did plateau in height as well. Is that bad?? He's only 15th percentile... I think his head is good though.
    No, it's not bad. It's just another thing to watch. Sometimes growth pauses is more than one dimension, and height is actually one of the hardest to measure. Baby squirms one way and he gains an inch, he squirms another way and he's an inch shorter.
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    Ok, whew! Thanks for the reassurance! Doc didn't seem too worried, he only said if he didn't start doing better with solids we would have to see a specialist.
    SAHM to Roman (3/6/09) and Solomon (5/24/10)

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    Default Re: Growth has plateaued?

    In the last year (7-19 months) DS2 has gained a few pounds. He was 97th percentile at 6 months and now he's about 30. He has grown in height, but I really think height is hard to measure acurately on a squirmy baby, so I don't put a lot of faith in that number. I have been concerned about his weight but when I brought it up at his 18 month appointment, the doc wasn't concerned. He is under the care of a pediatric GI and he isn't worried either. So I guess I'm not worried. He is healthy and developing normally besides his reflux.

    The pediatrician also said that a lot of kids take until 2 to settle into their curve. DS1 dropped percentiles too (although not as much) and he has turned out to be a tall skinny but healthy toddler.
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    DD didnt gain much between 9-12 months either. She went from being on the charts to way below at 12 months, and remained below for an entire year! After a full year of specialists, trying to fatten her up, high cal/high fat diet, etc...at 2 she finally made it back to the bottom of the charts

    It can be frustrating...especially when the docs are telling you to do things that just dont seem right.

    Hnag in there it seems really normal for BF babies!!!
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    Default Re: Growth has plateaued?

    how are his poops?

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