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    Default Failure to thrive troopers!

    Hi Bubhub peeps!

    I know there are a few of us on here with ftt kids so thought it would be nice to create a safe space for us to vent, share stories and knowledge as well as support each other. I know so many people have advice etc but only a ftt parent really understands what it's like.

    So who's with me?

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    Ooh good thinking. 2 of my 3 were FTT, & although they are past it, I am due with baby #4 & do wonder if this bubba will go the same way. My youngest is now 22 months, & she is growing now, but is a terrible eater. When she was a baby,she would vomit everything she ate for weeks at a time & I feel like it has a lot to do with her poor eating now,which really concerns me still.

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    2 out of 2 here. My 2yo is so petite. It's hard to tell if she's supposed to be petite or if her terrible feeding stunted her growth a bit.

    Hopefully your 4th is a chubby bubby

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    Default Failure to thrive troopers!

    My doctor hates the term "failure to thrive". She says technically even though both my dds are FTT, they are thriving in every other way apart from physical growth (and eating)!

    I'm so glad I discovered her when dd1 was a little older. The first year of dd1s life was very stressful, the mchn's wanted weekly weighs, mum was a great support and told me not to worry- I mean I'm tiny and DH isn't big either so I don't know what they expected? I was never going to have "average" babies. I haven't bothered weighing dd2 at all apart from when she gets her needles- she's tracking identical to dd1. My doctor is so supportive with that.

    I was also a FTT baby. My mum was very young and was given a lot of grief about it and I was dragged to numerous specialists who found nothing wrong apart from the fact I was tiny.
    When I started school I was significantly smaller than all my classmates but I caught up (somewhat) by high school- still petite but not freakishly so. I was a fussy eater growing up- dinner was a nightmare throughout my childhood/teens- but now I eat a bigger range than my parents lol. My appetite is very small though and I can happily skip meals.

    Dd1 is almost 4 and a dreadful/fussy eater. I realise she just doesn't need much but the judgement can really get to you sometimes (I avoid meals with my MIL). Dd2 is heading down the same path.

    The pros are they are cheap to feed, and clothes/sleeping bags last forever as they never seem to grow out of them.

    FTT is a toss, at least here. My dds are happy and thriving, just tiny like me.
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    I was a really chubby baby at the top of the chart. My partner is tall so we aren't really petite people. DD1 is definitely petite though. Maybe lack of food/milk stunted her growth. She's been behind with gross motor development with low muscle tone. She has lots of sensory stuff going on around her head and mouth. I'm not sure if they led to feeding issues or if the feeding issues led to sensory issues.

    I was desperately trying to avoid all of that this time.

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    I don't know if DS is FTT. He never was as a baby. But at almost 4 he is so skinny he fits in size 1 pants at the waist. He is barely eating atm too.

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    Default Failure to thrive troopers!

    Sorry to hear that @Mamasupial.

    I realise now my post is probably not helpful then, probably the opposite, it was not my intention to be so dismissive of being labelled FTT.

    I just want to let you know that I guess I turned out ok? Mum tried formula (I refused), a supp line, the doctors were tossing up growth hormone injections too- so for me when I was a baby I was a real concern. Particularly as both my brothers are tall and normal weight, and ate properly. I was the only child mum breastfed for longer than a few months (formula was popular at that time) as I simply would not take anything else until I was much older.

    Hugs again @Mamasupial. As your dd2 is traveling similar maybe it is genetic though?

    By the way there is nothing wrong with being petite/little- apart from being labelled "cute" a lot and not being able to see s..t in concerts etc

    Xx

    Oh and I suck big time at sports
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    All good, I don't like the term particularly either.

    DD2 is travelling very much the same. I didn't have the support or knowledge with DD1. They basically just keep an eye on her.

    With DD2 We are going to rule out everything before deciding it's genetic. DD1 was formula fed and DD2 is breastfed.

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    Default Failure to thrive troopers!

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    I think the thing wih FTT is it's usually a symptom of another issue, not a standalone diagnosis, if that makes sense. If a child is just petite but healthy, I dont think that many Dr's would say FTT?

    My two with FTT both have multiple food protein allergies & intolerances, & severe reflux. This meant vomiting up to 60 times a day, pooing up to 20 times a day, and refusing food because they know it causes pain and tummy upset. My dr told me it's usually a concern when their skin becomes 'loose' and saggy, and they have sunken in buttocks and thighs, etc - basically 'wasted fat' was another way i was told. So this is where FTT can be helpful, because the dr is saying the food allergies/ reflux/ whatever issue is causing a failure for the baby to thrive. They can also become quite weak & my DD2 stopped interacting & smiling completely. At 9 months, she had regressed and become so weak that she could barely lift her head off the floor when she was doing tummy time, she wouldnt smile, or even look at anyone anymore - she just cried, pooed and vomited, & she was tiny but definitely not healthy.

    Interestingly mamasupial that my 2nd has SPD & my 3rd barely eats anything, ever. It's hard work overcoming the sensory stuff.
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