Before we had Oliver, I was under the assumption that babies liked to eat. After all, isn’t their job to basically eat, sleep, and poop all day? Well, Oliver continues to prove my theory wrong. Well, partially wrong anyway. His sleeping patterns are now mostly routine, including sleeping through the night. His pooping is pretty regular, with the assistance of a little Miralax. However, his eating continues to be the troublesome issue. We continue to have those meal times where it is the most frustrating part of the day. Fortunately, Oliver’s pediatrician has been working with us to develop the feeding schedule and make our lives a little easier and hopefully make Oliver a little bigger.
Since the last time I wrote about his eating troubles, we were really struggling with him. I believe the video displayed some of the frustrations we deal with on a daily basis. However, after a few visits to various doctors, things seem to be improving. We have worked with his pediatrician to establish a rigid feeding schedule to hopefully teach Oliver to be hungry. Before the routine, we just focused on getting him to eat, due to his lack of growth, so we kept food in front of him around the clock as way to encourage him to eat. Now with the routine, he is only fed at certain times of the day to induce hunger and encourage him to eat the food in front of him. With this schedule, we have seen some improvements. We have seen a decrease in behaviors and he has started sleeping through the night. The sleeping through the night in itself was worth establishing the schedule!
With the help of the schedule, he has also increased the amount of food he is taking in per day. Before the schedule, he was eating about 2-5 ounces of baby food in one sitting before becoming disinterested. Now, he will often eat 7-10 ounces per sitting before losing interest. With this said, we still have days where feeding is a challenge but the overall direction of things has been positive thus far.
So far the schedule seems to be working and we continue to document everything that goes in the boy and every thing that comes out of him. After seeing the Pediatric Gastroenterologist, and declaring Oliver as “constitutionally small” which is slightly different than a Failure to Thrive diagnosis. Although we feel better knowing that our kid is just a small kid, he continues to meet the medical criteria for a diagnosis of Failure to Thirve. Although he is small and healthy, the doctor did recommend we give him Pediasure with the concentrated calories to see if we could fatten him up a little bit.
The problem we have found with Pediasure is the expense. This stuff costs about 40-50 dollars a week and there is no guarantee Oliver will even eat all of it. Luckily, Oliver’s pediatrician is willing to work with us and write a prescription in such a way that will force our private insurance to pay for it. We are currently working on this, but I hope the insurance will step in as Pediasure is going to put a big dent in our budget. None-the-less, even if the insurance does not provide assistance, we will still get Oliver what he needs. Hopefully, he will eventually grow some and make his way back onto the growth chart.