We made another routine trip to Avery’s GI doctor last for a weight check up. For some reason I am struck with major anxiety before every appointment. You would think with the amount of times that we’ve been to visit this doctor that it would be no big deal, but unfortunately that’s not the case and I always walk into the office with my stomach in knots.
The great news is that Avery’s weight seems to be on track (for her.) She still remains in the 1%, but she is following her own curve, which is what the doctor wants to see. She’s gained over a pound in the past six weeks and the doctor told me she is “growing like a weed” which was exactly what I wanted to hear.
The downside to the appointment was the he thought Avery’s hemoglobin test came back a little low. He likes the see the number at 11 and hers came back at 10.3. He said that the number is considered in the normal range, but on the low side of the normal range. I had no idea what any of that meant, but he informed me that it was her iron levels that were low. He wanted to test her again to see if her iron levels had improved since those last tests.
He said that with the low iron and her slow weight gain that those are both signs of celiac disease. It’s hard to diagnose in babies, and to be honest, she wasn’t having any gluten in her diet when the slow weight gain began. I am doubtful that this is going to be the diagnosis, but I guess he would rather be safe than sorry.
On top of her hemoglobin tests, he is also testing for a bunch of food allergies to see if she is allergic to anything. He said they would probably come back negative, but he wanted to to check since we are already drawing blood.
We went immediately after her doctor appointment to get the blood work done and I’m sure the doctor already has the results. But since we are away on our cruise, I will have to wait until we get back to hear the results. The good news is that I haven’t received any voicemails from his office, so I am going with the mindset that no news is good news.
I tried to do a little bit of research online to see if low iron is common for breastfed babies, but I am having trouble finding anything concrete. Would love your input on this!
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