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#16 tastebud

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 11:45 AM

Personally, I don't think there is any harm taking her to the Doctor & / or the paed. It seems the worst that can happen is that your fears are allayed? No harm in getting her checked out and going through a process of elimination.

I took H to the Emergency last week for breathing difficulty and all the way there I was wondering if I was being over-dramatic. I rang them on the way and the paed herself said parents should always run with their instincts. Turns out, not too serious; she had Croup and Rotavirus.

Since that incident I've been reminded of a couple of my friend's stories (which I won't repeat here as I don't want to alarm anyone) but honestly, there can be no harm.

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 02:06 PM

There will be no harm in taking her to see the GP, they will be able to tell you if it is a matter to discuss with your paed. I know the paed we use has quite a long waiting time to get in, so your GP may be able to help you.

I don't think you should ignore your instincts.

I recently took my son to the dentist becasue he was complaining of sore teeth. The dentsist checked him out and couldn't see a problem, but if I didn't take him and there was a problem I would have felt like a very bad mummy!

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 02:28 PM

In your shoes I would definitely take her to the doctor but I would be guided by my GP's thoughts as to whether there is an issue that needs specialist follow-up (that said I am fortunate to have a fantastic GP - I trust her judgement and her diagnostic abilities completely). If you aren't comfortable with your GP's response then I'd insist on getting a referral to see a paed.

Fingers crossed that it ends up being nothing but I think getting it checked out, if only for peace of mind, sounds like a good idea.


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Posted 10 March 2011 - 05:26 PM

I would take her to the GP just for your own peice of mind if anything smile.gif

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 04:22 AM

I would get a GP referral

It sounds like she is a mini version of me with the out of breathlessness and protruding stomach!

I have had asthma all my life and was diagnosed with coeliac disease when I was 21 after years of carrying excessive weight and having 3 different size pants in my wardrobe depending on the day and the size of my bloat.

I also have horrible eczema (sp?) and from what my gastroenterologist advised me all three are often found together.

Not that I want to worry you at all. But I would be heading off to see a paed also. Coeliac disease is genetic though - so if no one else in your family has it, it may not be the problem.

Good luck. I hope you find some answers soon.

And you definitely are not neurotic!!
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 04:56 AM

Like the others have said, I would trust your mother instincts and go get a referral. No harm in being cautious smile.gif

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 05:48 AM

JJ is very similar. Just off the scales for weight and height, massive feet and sometimes a bloated tummy. I have noticed him being breathless lately after running lots and lots but he doesn't ever stop! Our paed last week didn't have any issues with his height and weight. I would be most concerned about the breathlessness if you have a history of asthma. I would go to my GP first and then decide but as a PP said, I trust my GP.
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 12:25 PM

QUOTE(scasey77 @ Mar 10 2011, 09:12 AM) View Post

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.


Coeliacs was the first thing that came to my mind as well. I would go and get it checked out- if there is something wrong and it's causing weight/mobility issues, it's going to be so much better to have it addressed now. I know kids who went to school and were larger than everyone else, got teased mercilessley, and then in adult life found out they had medical issues that, once resolved, allowed them to loose weight. I can only imagine they wish this could have been figured out before school, and avoided the bullies!

*Just re-read this and it makes it sound like I think something is wrong. Not at all- it could just as easily be nothing, I just wanted to encourage you to see someone and rule it out!

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:22 PM

Just wanted to chime in - I don't think you're being neurotic, I think you should definitely get it checked out, I don't think the doctor will mind giving you a referral at all.

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 08:29 PM

Thanks girls - I spoke to hubby and he is going to come with me and see the dr.

We will see him about gluten intolerance because with all my food allergies she may be more predisposed.

Our GP is a bit of a dud that's why I was thinking paed but we will see how we go with him first.

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 02:02 PM

QUOTE(chelley @ Mar 11 2011, 09:29 PM) View Post


Our GP is a bit of a dud that's why I was thinking paed but we will see how we go with him first.



Since finding a fantastic local medical centre, I now really appreciate the value of trusted GPs. Where do you live? Perhaps the folks here can recommend a good local GP for you for future reference. If you're in the inner west of Sydney, PM me and I will let you know where we go.



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Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:50 PM

Just wondering how you went? I hope you didnt have a long wait for the paed.
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Posted 09 May 2011 - 09:53 PM

Well we got in to see the paed and we are actually seeing the paediatric cardiologist tomorrow.

She has had an ECG which needs to be followed up on and the paed found she has a loud murmur which she did not have at 12months.

But he felt that her bowel was pressing on her aorta so she has been on meds to keep her bowel from getting distended.

Will know more tomorrow. The paed didn't think it was coeliac disease because she is in the 97th percentile for everything
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Posted 09 May 2011 - 10:03 PM

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. I hope they have a simple explanation and solution for you.
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Posted 10 May 2011 - 07:19 AM

I am glad you took her, I honestly believe that every parent should listen to their gut feeling, if it turns out to be nothing then you are no worse off, but if it turns out to be something you can start treatment earlier. There would be nothing worse than not taking your child for a check up (when you felt there was something going on) and finding out later that there was something that needed help and you hadn't done it.
I have everything crossed that they can provide an answer for you today.

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