Now that Oliver has turned two years old, it was time for his well child check up. Since Oliver’s first appoint happened to be on Halloween of 2011, we have made it a tradition that Oliver sees his pediatrician on Halloween. The doctor and her crew dress up each year and really go all out for the kids. This year, they dressed up as the cast of Alice in Wonderland and they had some great costumes too.
With all funny business aside, the appointment went really well. After several months of stagnant weight gain, I am pleased to report that Oliver has gained roughly two pounds in the past six weeks. I credit the weight gain to the medication we decided to start him on called Cyproheptadine.
For those unfamiliar with this medication, this is a medication similar to Benadryl and other antihistamines. Oliver does not have any allergies, at least not that we know of, but the side effect to this medication is induced hunger, which is perfect for Oliver’s scenario.
This medication has cause Oliver to eat a higher volume of foods. Oliver primarily eats crunchy textured foods with an emphasis on Oreos and other cookies. We both agree that this really is not the most nutritional diet for him, but at this point, we just want him to eat, even if it is only Oreos. Before the medication, he did eat the cookies, but with the medication, he has begun to eat more of them as well be a little more open to trying other foods. Needless to say we are pleased thus far with the results.
Part of me has that “if only I knew” feeling because The pediatrician actually recommended this medication a while back. However, at the time, we were still doing the various medical tests and were reluctant to put him on any medication that he did not need. However, as time progressed and the pediatrician recommended this medication again, we embraced the opportunity because we had tried just about everything else and were running out of options. We were kind of like, “Why not? We have tried everything else.”
Oliver has been on the medication for roughly six weeks and has gained two pounds. This is a huge weight gain for him as was going months without any fluctuation in his weight. He was twenty pounds for about six months, so any weight gain in a short amount of time is substantial. Even with only a two-pound weight gain, he is already starting to fill out a little bit. He is beginning to get some roundness in his face and is getting those little chunky baby thighs. I am hoping as time goes on, we will be able to continue the medication and continue to see the weight gain. Who knew an allergy medication would be the answer.