Sunday, May 15, 2011

Four Month Stats

Blogger ate our four month update, so we'll have to go back and salvage what we can from the last drafted version. For now, here is the update from his pediatrician appointment on Friday. I didn't take the time off work to go, but I sort of wish I had. There were a few things that came up and I wish I had been there to hear what the doctor said first-hand and ask questions. Oh well. I'll make sure I make it to the next one.

The Bean is still measuring in on the low end. His weight was 11 lbs. 2.5 oz. and his length was 23.5 inches. Just under the 5th percentile for weight vs. length.

The pediatrician was a concerned about his iron levels and is going to send us to do some blood work and a sweat test. There were a number of smaller issues that I think brought him to that decision:
1) The Bean's pale.
2) He is is on the low end percentile-wise, although he has doubled his birth weight, which is what they're supposed to do by four months. The fact that Jen also asked about giving him Gripe Water may have also contributed to concern about his weight.
3) He still is showing signs of pelviectasis which I don't think I ever posted about, but will. (This is the reason we can't give him Gripe Water.)
and 4) That his eyelashes are so long, which is apparently a sign of low iron although I can't seem to find any information about it on the internet.

Developmentally he seems to be hitting all the milestones. So no concerns there.

I won't be that surprised if test results came back showing The Bean has low iron. Jen's had low iron levels on blood work in the past, so it stands to reason that The Bean's levels might be low too. It seems to be something that can be remedied fairly easily, so I'm not going to spend too much time worrying about it, although Googling things doesn't help!

1 comment:

  1. That is really wacky about the eyelashes = low iron. Our boy has the longest lashes but he's been fine. You can buy iron drops, which taste disgusting, but hide them in a bottle of milk. It is actually recommended even for breastfed babies that iron is added to their diet. Anyway, being a little guy is generally nothing to worry about. Sorry the doc's visit wasn't reassuring.