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Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2000 - 10:48am
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My PA son is average for his weight and height (not as tall as some kids his age). My non PA son is 25 months old and has severe lactose intolerance. He was avg when he was born (8lbs. 4oz. and 21 1/2 in) long but has taken forever to gain weight or grow. Between the ages of 4 months and 10 months he did not gain one lb. I was nursing him at the time and eliminated all dairy from my diet. Finally a lactation consultant told me that even though I was trying to do what was best for him it was really 'hurting' him because he was not gaining weight. The same pediatrician who seemed to not care about my older ones PA is the same one who did not care about my youngest ones weight. He has just in the last few months started to grow. He is now 33 inches but still only weighs 23 lbs. Does your son eat well? Does he have any other allergies? If my son eats a small piece of cheese he has major diarhea. He did not have milk for two years when I decided I would try him on it again, at that point he could eat cheese and yogurt fine, and I gave him a half glass ... he had diarhea for 30 days. Did the pediatrician care? NO. I think I am going to change doctors. Ok...sorry...not really related to PA.

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2000 - 11:22am
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Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

Hi I just want to tell you my son is definetly not having a growth problem. He has severe nut allergy. He is 14 years old and 6'tall and weighs 144 pounds. he has always been right up there or equal to the other children. He used to take steroids more than he does now and would chunk up just a little. I do feel that because food has always been such a big discussion in our home it has caused him to be a little concerned about weight,but that would be a different posting. My 9 year old gets allergy shots and she is a very tall girl and a little heavy. My 2 year old is very tall but started out at 23 inches long anyway. take care claire

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2000 - 11:53am
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Joined: 09/17/2000 - 09:00

Naomi-- A little more on Matt. =) He was exclusively breastfed from birth (12/29/98) up until 4/3/99, when I discovered that he had lost 7oz, in the last month. He was just barely 3mo, weighing 9lb flat. I panicked thinking it had to be my breastmilk. My mom had said that my grandmother's milk had been 'bad', so I figured mine must be too.
Then we switched to formula. He ate tons, twice as much as the dr said a healthy baby of that age should need. It was weird though, he would NOT eat at all if he was held. We had to lay him on the floor, where he would then arch his back until he was almost folded in half backwards, before he would eat. I always wondered what that was about. lol About once a month he would have a week or so where we couldn't get him to eat more than a few ounces a day. He was always real lethargic during those times too. Also, he had chronic diarrhea from birth up until we took him off formula. I didn't recognize it as such for a long time though. =(
Don't know if he has any other allergies yet or not. We're hoping to get a referral to an allergist when we see the ped on the 16th. Does he eat well? He ate SUPER when we first took him off formula and started giving him table foods. He'd eat at least as much as I did during the day, and sometimes more! He's slowed down now, though. I'd say he eats about normal for a toddler. He'll gobble up certain foods (latest was boiled cabbage), and totally refuse others. Other times he'll just pick at things. You know how it goes. lol
Our previous dr never was concerned about anything until I took a bunch of info in to him about SDS, a really rare genetic disease that Matt showed 5 out of 8 symptoms. Then he sent us to a ped GI. We ruled SDS out thank goodness.

Posted on: Thu, 10/26/2000 - 11:21pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I seen no correlation between peanut/tree net allergies and growth in my now 2 year old son.
I am 5'10", his father is 6'2". I've got a very big build and the father is as skinny as a twig.
My 26 month old son was measured and weighed 3 days ago at: 36" tall and 30 lbs. Which means he is very long and skinny. At birth he was 8 lb 3 oz and 24" long. He was breastfed until he was 5 months old and was switched to regular formula. He's a picky eater and because of PA, we stay away from nearly all chocolate, ice cream, cookies, etc. His diet would be absolutely perfect if he would start eating regular chicken instead of the infamous "nuggets." lol

Posted on: Fri, 10/27/2000 - 1:58am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My son was 21 1/2" at birth but only 6 1/2 lbs. He now is in the 55th percentile on height but only 5th percentile on weight. He eats and eats and I'll probably be broke from my grocery bill by the time he's ten - but he just doesn't gain weight. His ped. has him on a high-calorie diet (thanks doc! I've gained weight LOL) but he's still thin. As long as he's healthy and happy - docs not overly concerned - and neither am I. But I am interested in this topic - seems there's a lot of thin PA kids out there. Any researchers that would be interested in this issue?

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2000 - 10:27am
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Joined: 06/18/2000 - 09:00

My oldest son is 5 and 1/2 yrs. He is NOT PA but weighs only 34 lbs. I don't know his height but he is short and the smallest in his class. He has always been below the 10th percentile for height and weight although they say his weight for height is good. He was 5 lbs. 7 oz. at birth. (still in a car seat too...although the bus doesn't have one!)
My 3 1/2 yr. old. PA daughter is closer to average for her age. I don't know her current measurements. Around 29 lbs. She was 7 lbs. 5 oz. at birth and gained weight pretty steadily...(although all three kids slowed down around 10 months). (No. 2 in a car seat!)
My 21 month old son who is PA, wheat, egg, dairy, tree nuts...is somewhere around the 5th percentile, maybe lower since his last dr. visit. He weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. at birth
Before I knew of his allergies he seemed to gain weight fairly well. He was 20 lbs. around 11 months and stayed that weight for a long time. He is now 21 months and weighs about 22(?) lbs. and is quite short!! Very short! (No. 3 in a car seat...our car is so crowded!)
I am 5'2" and my hubby is 5'7"...shorties ourselves...neither PA.

Posted on: Wed, 11/01/2000 - 3:09am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Philip's Mom - that is a good idea, getting someone to research this topic. FAN (Food Allergy Network) seems to be aware of a lot of studies done on PA. Since you are in the States, maybe you could contact them and ask whether or not studies have been done on PA affecting growth.
Cayley was 3 in July and weighs 28 lbs., which is between the 10th and 25th percentile for weight. Her height is over the 75th percentile, so she's pretty skinny.
If a study was done, they would have to account for other factors affecting growth. A study was done in Canada this year on adult height, and they found that people from severely dysfunctional homes and large families, tend to be shorter.
The reasoning behind this, is that the growth hormone (can't recall the name) is only released in the deepest part of sleep, and kids from large families might have to share bedrooms, or someone is up using the loo, so they tend not to remain in a deep sleep long enough for sufficient growth hormone to be released. Severely dysfunctional homes might include all night parties, and no bedtime routines, thus causing the lack of deep sleep.
In my case, my 6 month old is up a lot in the night, which doesn't always wake Cayley up, but makes her restless - I'm like "Hush baby, your sister's going to be short because of you!" LOL! I wonder if anyone else who has skinny PA kids, also have kids who are poor sleepers (we come from a long line of poor sleepers, and my mother couldn't be more delighted that the trend is continuing with my 3 kids, something about ...payback?).
If you don't want to contact FAN, Philip's Mom, perhaps someone here who is a member of FAN might ask about growth studies and PA. It would be interesting find out about this.

Posted on: Thu, 11/02/2000 - 5:01am
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Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

Just an update on my children. My NON-PA son had his 18 month check-up this morning. He is no longer on the chart for weight--he weighs 20 lbs. He has the exact same measurements as my older PA son had at the same age. In our family, it's just hereditary. Deanna

Posted on: Thu, 11/02/2000 - 11:30pm
Diane's picture
Joined: 12/15/1999 - 09:00

My 3 NON-PA kids were all breast-fed and all off the charts as far as wt.& ht.go. My 4th PA DD was also exclusively breast-fed for 12 mos. and also off the charts although I believe she was the smallest of the 4. LOL! Sorry I'm clueless about her wt. & ht. right now. But if this gives you any idea... she just turned 4 yrs. old on Halloween and wears a size 5 in clothes and 11 or 12 in shoes.
As for my husband and I...Both of normal wt. for our ht. He is 6' and I'm a measely 5'4". My 14 old DD is taller than me and finally (yes!) cannot fit in my shoes and my jeans are too short for her. (I couldn't keep her out of my closet!)

Posted on: Mon, 11/06/2000 - 1:47pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I contacted FAN today, asking if they are aware of any studies done on PA and growth potential, so I will post when (if?) I receive a reply. Carolyn


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