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    I had dd at the doctor today and she has not grown in length in 3 months. She will be 11 months in a couple of days. She also lost over a pound. The doctor who was Dr Howard wants to see her back in two months and if she hasn't grown he will send us to a specialist. She should have a growth spurt around 1 year. Would you be worried about her not growing?

    She is also behind on her large motor skill. She doesn't crawl, pull herself up, walk along furniture. She doesn't even like to stand. If you stand her up she just sits down. I call her a lump on a log. She does have really good fine motor skills so we really have to work on her moving or the doctor says she might need physio. Dd does LOVE to jump in her jumper.


    Please reassure me dd will grow and be ok.
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    They all grow at different rates
    My cousin was a very slow grower, and his younger sisters caught up and were taller than him at one point. He's now a normal height and 18 years old.
    Try not to worry!

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    I'm sure she will be fine! A friend of mine is going through this right now with her son. He is 14 months, won't/hasn't crawled, won't pull himself up, doesn't want/like to stand etc. Her doctor is sending him to a specialist at Thames Valley Children's Centre (I think is what it's called) because of low muscle tone and for an assessment as well. He isn't having trouble in the growth department, but I wouldn't worry too much on that front. I am sure she will be eating like a horse and go through a growth spurt any time now! Keep encouraging her to do the things she isn't yet. Check on youtube for some video examples of ways to help her develop those skills, making it fun is always best. As for physio, I would again, check out some videos or ask for a referral now, to make sure you aren't having muscle done issues down the road.




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    don't worry!- my daughter is a bit smaller in weight than the average child should be her age, but doc didn't pose any concerns,she is healthy, very sturdy and eats like a horse.
    The only time I think doc worries is when a baby is a bit too chubby?-sometimes that delays process with motor skills.- I don't know how much truth is in that.
    again don't worry!

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    Dd does eat like a horse and was gaining weight like crazy and for the first 6 months she grew 8 inches and then just stopped. I am trying not to worry to much since all babies are different. We are going to try harder to play games and help get her moving. Her hdc said that she would try as well. I think her not moving is just because she just doesn't want too. I am more worried that she hasn't grown in height for a while. All I can do for now is wait and see I guess. Thank you for making me feel better
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    My niece didn't start crawling till 16 mths had no interest in standing either. She walked around 19 mths. Her doc wasn't worried at all. I think she has a problem with her hips. But her doc plans to wait till she's 6 before worrying which makes little sense to me. Shes 4. Anyway my point is they all get there eventually!
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    My youngest (fairly petite) didn't grow between 6-11mo, and then grew 3 inches for her 1 yr appointment. (She went from 26.5“ to 29.5“). Her weight was also pretty stalled out too. She however was pulling to stand, crawling by that age.

    I took her to the park at 21mo (she walked), and had a car actually stop and ask me how old she was/how long she had been walking (implying she was an early walker) -- she was just little... (at 21 she was 21lbs and in ~12mo clothes I think).
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    Not a bad idea to keep an eye on her growth... gross motor skills are a tough one. My first son didn't crawl till 13 months and my third son didn't walk till 22 months! I am always amazed when I see one-year-olds walking lol.
    I have 4 boys ages 7, 5, and 3 and newborn

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    Weight and gross motor development vary SO much between kids that I don't think those can be used for much. At that age, I think length gains are something you ideally want to see BUT they are also quite inaccurate because the kids wiggle so much. I remember my DD actually “shrinking“ at one check-up, but it was just a measuring inaccuracy. Good that your doctor is keeping an eye on things but don't worry too much!

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    I find they focus on one thing for awhile then switch. She has clearly been focusing on fine motor which is why she's so good with it. Sometimes they focus on speech and not motor at all. Keep encouraging her large motor and I'm sure she'll have a “language explosion“ except for large motor movement.

    It is possible she wasn't measured properly at her last appointment. If the equipment or person was different or she wiggled it might have accidentally hidden the fact she actually grew an inch or whatever. I wouldn't worry but I would follow up with the next appointment like recommended.
    It's common for them to thin out during the second half of their first year. I've heard of many kids not gaining any weight at all. Since she only lost a little I wouldn't be concerned.

    I bet her next appointments will be fine.

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    I watched them measure her the last three times so I don't think they are wrong plus she is wearing the same clothes for the last three months and the clothes are not getting smaller on her. We really hope she will grow in the next couple of months.

    You might be right about the motor skills. She seems really focused on talking and using her hands. I am sure her large motor skills will come in time.


    We don't see the doctor till she is 13 months so I am unsure if I should change her from forumla to homo milk at 12 months like I did with ds. Dd is still half bfed and half formula when I am in school. Not sure if the formula will help her grow?
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    If she's small, I'd keep her on higher fatty foods. . . Avacado, cheese, yogurt etc. I wouldn't take her off of formula until you see the Dr. I know that our daughter was on formula until 18 months and then on pediasure complete until she was 5 or so.
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    Thumbs down Update😔

    I thought I would just send an update. Dd at 13 months still hasn't grown. She didn't have a 1 year growth spurt. We saw Dr Howard today. I made them measure her twice just to make sure. Dh and I are both upset. Her length hasn't changed in months. Dr Howard is going to consult with an endocrinologist and see what they say. He thinks it may be time for a blood work up to check her thyroid and other levels. I am happy he is going to talk to someone else since this isn't his speciality and we go back to see him in 2 months since she is still on a low dose of peg. I just want dd to be ok. I can't help but be worried. I really had prayed she would grow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teresa View Post
    I thought I would just send an update. Dd at 13 months still hasn't grown. She didn't have a 1 year growth spurt. We saw Dr Howard today. I made them measure her twice just to make sure. Dh and I are both upset. Her length hasn't changed in months. Dr Howard is going to consult with an endocrinologist and see what they say. He thinks it may be time for a blood work up to check her thyroid and other levels. I am happy he is going to talk to someone else since this isn't his speciality and we go back to see him in 2 months since she is still on a low dose of peg. I just want dd to be ok. I can't help but be worried. I really had prayed she would grow.
    Awww I'm sorry your so distraught about DD!
    How is her gross motor skills? Has she improved?
    She might just be a late grower or a small girl. I wouldn't be too upset just yet about her size, she might surprise you! Is she eating well?




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    Her gross motor is getting better. She isn't crawling per say but is moving around in her own way. If she wants something she will get it. She is getting stronger. Dd has very good fine motor skills. Dd also eats like a horse most days, sometimes more then her brother lol. She only weighs 20 pounds, I am not sure where it all goes. I am trying not to be stressed but I have an auto immune disease and have had a few health problems and I just really don't want that for her. A life full of tests, meds and sometimes pain.
    Proud mom to ds born Sept. 2009 and dd born May 2012

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