Friday, October 3, 2014

Colby's Weight Check

Colby was scheduled for his follow up weight check appointment this morning, but due to a scheduling error/issue (or something!) we ended up seeing a different doctor.

A month ago (at 19 months), Colby was 20 lbs even. Not worry about the fact that he's on the very low end of the growth chart, the doctor was concerned because he's not following a typical curve. His "curve" is going to look funny because of the weight issues that are caused by celiac disease, but after being on a gluten free diet, his should start a new curve and continue to grow and gain weight. At Colby's 12 month visit, he was 19 lbs 8 oz, he then was up to 21 lbs 9 oz before he got sick, and then dropped down to just below 18 lbs. At his 15 month visit, he was up to 20 lbs 14 oz, so we were hoping that his weight issues had resolved themselves and that he would start to gain again. So, there was a bit of concern when he was down again at his 18 month visit (at 19 months old).

Today Colby was up to 21 lbs even! So he's up a whole pound from where he was a month ago! I'm excited that he's gained, but at the same time understand the reality could be a month ago his bladder was empty and today it was full...which could make a difference.

The doctor we saw today, said he wants to have Colby's regular doctor decide if we need to do anything other than just watch and see if he continues to gain since he's not familiar with Colby's "complex medical history." (I think celiac disease tends to scare some doctors.) So, we are waiting for a phone call on Monday to know if we need to go blood work, follow up with Colby's GI doctor, or just wait and see what the little dude does between now and his two year well child visit.

I was worried, but my mind is at ease now know that he is gaining. We've been told a few times that it normally takes celiac kids about six months on a gluten free diet for them to start absorbing nutrients "normal" again. We are just a week shy of the six month mark for being gluten free. So, my guess is that everything is going to be okay... as long as we keep gluten away from the kid!! :)

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