Tuesday, February 15, 2011
False Alarm, Sort of...
Here's some background. He was only 19.5" when he was born, so he was small, but not too small. Most of my kids are 21-22". He hasn't grown much height wise, but we also suspected he had allergies. At his three year well-child visit, the doctor turned on the lights and sirens because he had stopped growing! That's when the allergy testing started followed closely by his no egg, no dairy, no wheat diet.
So, I've been measuring the little guy regularly lately. I finally decided to plot the measurements on a curve along with measurements I've kept in his medical file from appointments past in Excel. Apparently the growth charts at the doctor's office are only graphed according to well-child visits. They don't include any other appointments. He had a pre-operative appointment three and a half months before his three year well-child (the one where they set off the alarms on his growth) and part of that exam included a height check. Low-and-behold, his height at that visit was .7" TALLER than his three year well-child visit height. He didn't stop growing, he was measured incorrectly or the number was transcribed incorrectly. So, while we know he is small, there was really no cause for the amount of alarm that was raised.
I will politely point that out to the doctor at his four year well-child visit in two months. I will continue on with the no wheat, no dairy and no egg diet, but will be a little less worried that his diet was to blame for the blip. In fact, since removing coconut from his diet entirely, he eczema is almost non-existent except for a small patch on below his buttock on his right thigh. He's not wheezing nearly as much (he does on occasion.) He's growing at a slow, but steady pace.
So we can stand down the red alert and remain at yellow alert for another two months. Whew!