Deciding whether to take DD to the paed - off the scales for weight and breathless
Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:49 AM
I have one daughter who just turned 3 last week. She was born premmie but that was the last time she was small
She has always been a good head taller than every girl in her mothers group and her cousin who is only 3 weeks older.
She has also ALWAYS had a very round tummy - like she was pregnant and I always put it down to just that cute toddler physique.
She is very active, healthy and happy however as she has got older people always comment on her tummy
As she has got older she has always been several clothes sizes ahead of her peers.
This week i tried on hand me downs and her last season winter clothes to see what would fit because I know she has grown a LOT.
For example her shoes are a size 11 I have a size 10-11 foot and hubby has a size 13 - we are both tall so again I have never worried.
But she now needs to be in size 4-5 clothes. The jeans and pants are all tight around her little belly and the shirt lengths are several inches short of her wrists.
The other girls at MG their daughters are wearing size 2 clothes still.
Last night at my sisters house my sister(who is a nurse) went to pick her up and asked me how much she weighed. I don't know but she is a LOT heavier than her cousin, sisters son. She does not at all look fat and strangers often think she is a lot older because she is tall.
Anyway sister took her off to the bathroom scales to weigh her and she is 18.5 kgs. My nephew is 14kgs and my sisters daughter who is 5 is 19kg.
We went and had a look in the blue book and she is right off the charts by several kilos.
She is also right off the charts for height as well. My sister thinks her tummy is something to worry about not because she looks fat but she told me it just doesn't seem right to her
So would you worry? She is a healthy eater but when do you worry?
In addition to this she has recently been breathless on physical exertion.
At swimming the teacher put her on the side twice and commented that she has a cold - which she doesn't, because she was so puffed.
We live on a steep block of land and she is always puffed when she gets to the top. She LOVES to run, swim and ride her bike but she is getting really puffed.
I am an asthmatic which developed age 4. Hubby has had a heart condition as a child. It just makes me wonder.
We went to playdays and she was more puffed than her friends and at daycare when I asked them they said they have found the same.
It does sound bad written down but Hubby, who is a nurse, doesn't feel that she needs to go to the dr. Then again he never sees her playing with her peers.
So girls what would you do?
I just don't want her to be subjected to tests unnecessarily.
Also hubby is ultra fit and if he took her to the dr I think the dr would have a different attitude then me taking her when I am carrying a few extra kilos.
sorry for the long ramble
I am thinking I need to go to the GP and ask for a referral back to her paed but how do you get the GP to give you a referral and not fob you off
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:57 AM
Whenever I've gone to a GP for a referral they've given it to me. Sometimes they've worded it "She insisted that she get a referral", but they've always given it. Just don't leave until you've got it.
I strongly believe that you should listen to your gut and if you're worried, it's worth easing your mind. If your GP won't give you a referral (which I believe they will), they should at least have you feeling 100% super confident as you leave.
Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:01 AM
I think if you are ever concerned then it's worth getting things checked.
Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:05 AM
I think us mothers are pretty good at feeling when something isn't quite right, and you need to go with that feeling.
Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:07 AM
We've needed referrals for various things for my daughter. At one point I got sick of making GP appointments for every little referral and would just ring and get the surgery to arrange and send it for me. But in my case, I needed a referral for a follow up appointment and my original one had run out. In this case, I would see your GP and request the referral while you're there.
I hope it all turns out OK.
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:09 AM
Like people say everyone are different sizes and it may be she is just a bigger girl then others. My SIL's son who is 6 months older than Raya and Zack weighs 18kgs.
Hope all is ok.
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:37 AM
Chelley, my DD2 sounds a lot like yours...
As a comparison - she is 4.5, wearing up to size 6. Is VERY tall and weighs ~ 21kg. Her shoe size is 12. Hubby & I are not what I'd classify as tall, but we are both ~170-175cm. DD2 is a solid build.
My daughter is asthmatic (has suffered pneumonia a few times) but does not get puffed as a result of physical exertion (that I've noticed ) and she has regular echocardiograms because she was born with a VSD (hole in the heart).
She doesn't have the out-y tummy though (is it hard or soft and squidgy? I'd personally be more concerned if it was hard).
Honestly? I would take her to a GP and ask their opinion and get a referral.
We took DD2 to a respiratory paed because our GP suggested Cystic Fibrosis (due to the repeat pneumonia) only for the respiratory paed to practically laugh us out of the office (DD2 was clearly not 'failing to thrive'). But she did have scarring on her lungs and was asthmatic. He also talked to us about the echocardiograms and what they were looking for etc.
Was costly, but it provided peace of mind. I stress a lot about health and am a little paranoid so to me the relief and action plans were well worth the $.
I would also start diarising how your daughter reacts to things so you can have a clear indication to the doctors about what's going on - they may see a different pattern to what you see IYKWIM?
Good luck, hope you get some peace of mind soon.
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:12 AM
Just on the round tummy thing - there is a mum on another forum I frequent whose daughter had always had a very round/protruding tummy. As time went on she seemed to be complaining of a sore tummy a lot. Turns out she has coeliacs disease and since going on a gluten free diet things have really turned around for her - both physically and behaviourally. Her "levels" were almost off the chart but just thought I would mention it as the round tummy thing sounds very similar.
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:22 AM
My niece was born at 34 weeks and like your daughter that was the only time she has been small. She is now only just turned 9 but so tall for her age she is in size 14 girls clothes and ladies sz 7 shoes already. It's been that way since she was about 2 or 3 (always heavier & taller then her peers)
Hope everything is ok.
Edited to fix typo's
Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:26 AM
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:55 AM
It does sound like she might be asthmatic, from my purely non professional just personal experience which in itself is worth seeing someone about as she might benefit from something to aide her breathlessness. I don't know if the tummy could be related to her breathing....just a thought of how if they work hard to breath their lungs can suck in and tummy out?!?!
Posted 10 March 2011 - 11:17 AM
How is her digestion/toilet habits? I only ask as DS has always had a round/protruding tummy and never been a 'regular/every day' baby or toddler in relation to no. 2's. We have been battling constipation on and off and I recently went to see a gastro specialist where he got a blood test to check for coeliac disease. We do have bowel probs that run in the family, thankfully DS' test came back clear but has shown some signs of allergy. We are now trying dairy free for a while to see if that makes any difference. If he doesn't go for a few days his tummy very noticeably sticks out/is hard. Might not be anything like this for your DD though if her tummy is soft to touch though?
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