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    Default GI or Allergist??

    I posted this in food allergies and sensitivities also.

    Will try to keep this short and sweet. Since one month, DD2 has had disgusting, foul smelling, mucus filled diapers on and off (posted before about this). I am convinced that she minimally has a dairy allergy. Doctor doesn't believe me, even after having her diaper tested and it came back negative for viruses, bacteria, pathogens, etc. Now he thinks her system is "out of whack" and has put her on probiotics. He also believes adding solids to her diet will change her stool issues. OK, it has SOME, but not enough. Regardless of my worry, he has even recommended giving her yogurt!

    So here's my question. I am determined to find an answer, and I plan to take her to an allergist or a GI doctor...who would be the better of the two to start with? I am leaning towards the GI. She's six months and is tiny. Poor weight gain. According to the doc she didn't even grow in length between her four month and six month checkup...personally, I think the nurse mismeasured her at 4 months as her footed clothes are now too short. Her head grew, but she only gained a pound. I am freaking out!

    We've had feeding issues too (seen IBCLC, ENT, etc.) and some of that has improved; but the stool issue is not, and I am at my wit's end. Can't watch my baby go through this. Am also looking for a new pediatrician....he's kind, but I don't feel like he's all that up to date on BF.

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    See a pediatric GI doctor.
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    I agree w/ greatestjoy. I would see the GI doctor. Your story sounds similar to that of my friend and her daughter. But she also had severe reflux that zantac did not improve. She went to a GI specialist, and it turns out her daughter has a milk protein allergy. Good luck!
    Mommy to Bradley, 8/2011, the love of my life

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    Thank you both! I found a GI group that works out of a children's' hospital and an allergist group that works at a different branch so I may be able to see both! But sticking with my gut and seeing GI first. Thanks for our input! I would bet we at least have the milk protein allergy.

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    oh, and on the height measurement: the way they measure my baby seems very, very prone to error. it's not like she can stay straight and quiet, and they aren't very rigid about aligning her head with the tape measure. i've had several different nurses at two different clinics do this and no one has seemed particularly meticulous. so i don't super trust the height measurement... i think the clothes are a much better indication.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*kmanih View Post
    oh, and on the height measurement: the way they measure my baby seems very, very prone to error. it's not like she can stay straight and quiet, and they aren't very rigid about aligning her head with the tape measure. i've had several different nurses at two different clinics do this and no one has seemed particularly meticulous. so i don't super trust the height measurement... i think the clothes are a much better indication.
    Thank you...I have been super upset and stressed about that. I know her growth slowed down a bit, but I didn't think it had stopped like they indicated. Everyone had been making comments about how long she's getting, and of course, I already mentioned the footed clothes. She's definitely taken another growth spurt in the last week, so there probably was an error. Usually they take a pen and mark a line at the top of her head, then straighten her out, and mark a line at the bottom of her feet. Then the tape measure was used to measure the length. However, I have seen at least one nurse not measure straight (more like at an angle) and I've seen some just do a quick mark at her feet with the line being closer to her toes rather than the bottom of her feet. So I agree...very prone to error. Doc had to remeasure her head at one appointment because he thought her head hadn't grown much, and it turns out, his measurement was different than the nurse's! And she was fine. So I am trying to remember that there is always room for error...especially with manual measurements and a weight scale that is not digital! Thanks for the reassurance!

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