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In hospital for weight gain investigations.

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belindarose Sat 01-Dec-12 08:19:07

DS, 21 weeks, was admitted last weekend with dehydration following d&v. Only stayed in for the day and rehydrated with diarolyte. Sickness continued all week and, after seeing GP yesterday, we were sent to paediatrics via A&E.

His vomiting is much better and he's hydrated and happy. They're going to investigate the poor weight gain/ failure to thrive (91st to 0.2nd centile). In the first instance, I've been asked to express so they can see the volume he's getting. The amount expressed looks pitiful and he won't drink it anyway!

I had three hours sleep. But that's quite normal! He's charming everyone with his cuteness.

smk84 Sat 08-Dec-12 09:29:34

Hi belinda, really glad to hear weaning is going well and that you are home. I hope you have been able to get a bit more sleep.

raininginbaltimore Sat 08-Dec-12 03:21:14

She's 18 weeks. She loves weaning too!

Hope you manage to get some rest

belindarose Sat 08-Dec-12 03:13:30

Thanks everyone. Sorry to hear about your dd raining. How old is she now?

Well, it seems that DS has become used to having a full tummy all night (3 hourly tube feeds). He's fed every hour since going to bed.

sad I have a very long drive tomorrow, so need some sleep!

Weaning into solids, by the way, is going remarkably well.

raininginbaltimore Fri 07-Dec-12 10:37:10

Oh belinda, I missed this. Dd was in hospital at 10 weeks And fed through NG. Was horrid. We are still having tests etc and she is still losing weight.

So glad you are home x

aamia Fri 07-Dec-12 10:30:26

Well done!

narmada Thu 06-Dec-12 22:54:32

Oh duh. sorry - I read your pp properly and see you are home and all is going well smile smile

narmada Thu 06-Dec-12 22:52:26

Is the ongoing vomiting to do with the bug do you think?

I was just wondering whether anyone has suggested the possibility of a milk allergy or reflux.

piprabbit Thu 06-Dec-12 22:01:05

Sounds like you are both doing fabulously.

Enjoy the banana stained laundry - I've never worked out how something so pale can make such a revolting mess.

belindarose Thu 06-Dec-12 16:51:13

Thanks. I'm especially in need of the wine!

He put on 6oz in the 6 days we were there, which included being sick quite a lot at the beginning. Obviously, a lot of those calories had gone in via the NG tube.

But he's learning to drink from a Tommee tippee free flow cup and can manage his high calorie formula through that. And he's eating with a spoon and can manage banana as finger food. He's breastfeeding bettet again - I think. So we've been allowed home to continue growing with dietician advice and a review in 10 days.

He does look a lot more solid. He's also been sleeping better. I think I've lost half a stone for each oz he's gained though!

piprabbit Thu 06-Dec-12 16:26:50

thanks wine grin wine thanks

AnnaLiza Thu 06-Dec-12 16:25:27

Great news! Is it all ok now? I'm so pleased for you smile

belindarose Thu 06-Dec-12 16:00:08

We're home!

aamia Tue 04-Dec-12 22:40:59

Hope things continue to improve smile

AnnaLiza Tue 04-Dec-12 20:20:59

Great stuff! I hope he gets better and better. I've had a young baby in hospital too and remember with dread how stressful it was! Lots of hugs

piprabbit Tue 04-Dec-12 09:30:00

Thanks for giving us an update belinda, so glad that you and your DS seem to be making progress. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for Thursday and hoping you are home soon.

belindarose Tue 04-Dec-12 06:30:59

Thanks for your interest, AnnaLiza. We're staying in until another weigh in on Thursday. He showed more interest in breastfeeding yesterday and during the night, so I'm not so worried about that now. He's having high calorie formula and fortified EBM through the tube three hourly and bf on demand.

I'm giving him a cup to try to get him off the tube. At the last attempt yesterday evening he drank about 30ml of infatrini, so he's getting there.
Also starting high calorie weaning today.

He is really cheerful most if the time but not managing to sleep in the day, so exhausted by evening.

And now we both have a cough!

AnnaLiza Mon 03-Dec-12 19:46:27

How's your DS tonight? Have been lurking blush
Hope he's better

GeorginaWorsley Sun 02-Dec-12 22:25:08

Sorry for not reading thread properly.

belindarose Sun 02-Dec-12 22:22:42

Thanks for your thoughts. Georgina, we can't get him to suck from anything (other than the breast) and that was thought not enough for the moment. So NG appeared to be the only way to top up. We are giving formula if I can't express enough and are also trying solids.

Piprabbit - yes, very determined! I hope it bodes well for the future... smile

Viva - it feels like everyone in the world has tried!

GeorginaWorsley Sun 02-Dec-12 22:15:46

Sorry ,just read allthread and seen he vomiting blush

GeorginaWorsley Sun 02-Dec-12 22:13:41

As paediatric nurse agree re test weighing no longer done.Also babies do not need the same volume of breast milk as they do bottle,as constituents so different.
No need fornaso gastric feeding if he is well enough to suck either.
Bottle EBM fine,or even top up formula,although I would suggest attempting to increase your own supply or even (shock horror) earlier weaning.
Does he seem hungry?

VivaLeBeaver Sun 02-Dec-12 22:08:14

Try getting your dp or one of the nurses to feed him. He's more likely to accept a little from someone other than you, just because he associates you with breastfeeding.

piprabbit Sun 02-Dec-12 22:07:38

He sounds like a very determined little boy grin.

I hope you have a better night and that the new week brings you some answers.

belindarose Sun 02-Dec-12 21:34:50

Thanks. He's tube free at the moment, having got yet another out. Makes me sound totally useless, but he just gets it out. The last time he had built in scratch mitts on. But I had to change his clothes as his nappy had leaked. I just moved the mitt bit from his hand and he'd yanked it out before I even noticed. Other times, he's rubbed his face on the bed to get it out.

We're trying bottles again...

VivaLeBeaver Sun 02-Dec-12 21:07:30

Socks on hands, not mittens, they stay on better and should stop him grabbing the tube.

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