You may have read posts in the past detailing Burrito Baby’s issues with milk and how her doctors came to the conclusion that she had a Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) because of digestive discomfort and behavioral issues. We’ve dutifully fed her on the vile, raw-potato smelling formula milk, made mostly of gluscose syrup, that she was prescribed and tackled the minefield that is dairy-free weaning, but there’s been a spanner in the works. You see, BB isn’t gaining weight.
Length-wise, she’s in between the 75th and 91st percentile, making her quite long for her age, especially as she’s still being corrected for those 4 weeks that she was early by. However, for weight, she’s hovering somewhere around the 25th percentile, which means that she’s very definitely underweight. I mean, you’ve only got to look at her to see that she’s tiny and when you hold her, you can feel her spine sticking out. I’m not used to skinny babies; Sausage was very well covered, always in the 91st percentile for length and weight and the worry with her was that she was too big, so this is all a new thing for us.
We were all so terribly ill over Christmas and when BB’s 12 month check with the Health Visitor came around just one day after her birthday, we were shocked to learn that she’d actually lost weight in the period since her last weigh-in during December. We put it down to her having been so poorly and off of her food, but a couple of weeks later when I took her to clinic to be weighed, she’d barely gained a few ounces. I took her along to see our GP, who didn’t seem overly worried about her, but when I mention the fact that she urinated frequently, gets very cross at times and eats like a horse, despite gaining no weight, it was decided that a few tests were in order.
After a couple of disastrous attempts to catch her wee in one of those bags that you stick on under their nappy, the GP ordered bloods to be taken instead, to test mainly for diabetes, an over active thyroid or anaemia. The test isn’t until 8th April and the waiting is horrid, but in the meantime, our GP advised us to tentatively try BB on some full-on dairy produce to see if her tummy was still intolerant to it all.
The first thing we attempted was cereal with milk – BB is absolutely crazy about crunchy nut cornflakes and up until this point, I’d had to give them to her dry, making me feel not entirely unlike Ebeneezer Scrooge but knowing that it was for her own good. Watching her wolf down a whole bowl, milk and all, was both beautiful and terrifying; seeing her enjoy milk so much after being deprived for all these months brought a tear to my eye, but I also spent the next few hours searching her face for any signs of tummy ache or other pain. Fortunately, the milk seemed to have no effect on her, so next gold-top milk and a chocolate cookie, then cheese on toast the following lunchtime – good grief, this girl LOVES cheese!
Over the last week, she’s had full fat milk, cheese, yogurt, ice-cream, butter and milkshake and not once has so shown any adverse effects. She’s been happier in herself and sleeping really well (she’s always slept well at night, but has never been much of a napper; this week she’s been napped twice a day for a total of about 3 hours!), and although we’re not having her weighed until tomorrow, Husband and I are convinced she’s gained – our little Skinny Minnie looks plumper in the face already!
It’s quite a bittersweet time for Husband and I, with worrying about the potential for her having a life-changing condition such as diabetes, as well as the transition to dairy. Was she really CMPA all this time or could she have been having dairy all along, and avoided the horrible replacement milk? Could the lack of dairy be the cause of her weight issues? I guess we’ll probably never know, but we’re both staying positive and hoping that the numbers on the scales will make us happy tomorrow. Watch this space for an update!