Sunday, September 04, 2005

In the end she’s just “petite”

Everyone already knows that Iman’s weight has been a big issue in our household. I’ve been told by others, time and time again to “let it go” and “not to worry”. But there are always underlying issues when the Mom and Dad are concerned about something. Iman was growing perfectly fine up until 7 months, and then from that point onward, things just slipped from our control.

First when she was around 9 months, she fell really ill. This was the same time that Omair went to Ireland. So I was in Karachi, on my own with a very very sick baby. During the time in Karachi Iman was sick for 4 consecutive weeks. Also during that time she lost a lot of weight. Omair and I feel that she never really recovered from that completely.

Over the next few months Iman seemed healthy and active, which is why we never really hit the panic button. But her lingering weight was always in the back of our minds. At her 1 year appointment, her doctor looked at her charts and showed concern for her growth. We went through a grueling appointment discussing her eating habits and her day’s routine. Finally, he wrote out some tests which we did. Alhamdulillah that was all normal, and the doctor put her on a high calorie diet to help her catch up. He also told us that in the next couple of months we’ll see a growth spurt. But unfortunately at 15 months (3 months later) Iman still didn’t show any sign of a growth spurt. So our concerns continued to mount and finally, after endless discussions at home, we took her to Dr. Mansoor (a well known Pediatrician in Dubai for over 20 years).

Obviously only wanting our daughter’s health, we went to this high priced man, just to hear that she was fine. I was quite impressed with him and his work. He spent a good amount of time listening to her history, examining her physically, and observing her intellect and motor skills. Finally he told us that although things look good, we still should run some blood tests to make sure that there isn’t an internal problem that might require attention. He did the tests in his office, and after a few minutes he told us that things were fine.

Don’t get me wrong. There was no obsessing involved. When it comes to your own child, there is no amount of money that you can dish out to ensure that they are healthy and happy. I wasn’t being paranoid. You have to have your own to understand that even the slightest problem or health issue is magnified a million times when your baby could even remotely possibly be ill.

So after 9 months of agonizing about Iman’s slow weight gain, 2 doctor’s appointments, several tests and a good amount of money later, we came home with the verdict that “she’s just petite”.


At 8:33 AM, Blogger Smoky said...

Firstly, ignore the unsolicited advertising above.

Secondly, I don't think you can pay enough to have peace of mind. Especially when it comes to a loved one.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Hina said...

I deleted the comment above. I thought it was some random nice stranger until Omair told me it was SPAM!

Dammit, where are all the random nice people in the world?

At 9:32 AM, Blogger bakpakchik said...

have you forgoten that 'no neck' baby pic I showed you?

: chubby baby equals skinny twenty-something, skinny baby equals 'just right' adult :)

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Hina said...

BPC I've heard the opposite.

Chubby baby = hot skinny adult
skinny baby = not so hot, chubby adult

hmmmmm :(

At 11:15 AM, Anonymous D said...

This is only tangentially related to Hina's entry, but a year ago, when the Beslan massacre took place (sorry to bring up such a serious topic), many people in the UK were horrified when they saw all the "poor, malnourished, skinny" Russian children fleeing their school. It was a clear sign - as though any were needed - that here in the 'civilised West', we have almost completely lost sight of the fact that healthy kids are naturally quite skinny. There are so many SERIOUSLY fat kids in England that some people are predicting that they will be the first generation NOT to outlive the previous generation, because many of them will die from health problems.

Oh dear, this post has become far too serious, hasn't it?

Is your baby generally happy? Is she full of energy? Does she make it clear when she's hungry? In no way am I an expert on such matters, but I would've thought that if your answers to those questions are 'Yes', then you have nothing whatsoever to worry about.

And let me say yet again, how nice it is too see two parents taking such good care of their little one!

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At 8:26 AM, Blogger Lorraine said...

WOw. This story resonated. The Child was of average birth weight and was anywhere between the 50th & 70th percentile during the first year of visits. Then she seemed to stop growing. Nothing freaks out a new mom like the phrase "failure to thrive". She was perfectly healthy, of course, and fortunately the pediatrician accepted the family history of tall, thin women who really don't gain any sort of weight until they have babies. (Those were the days). And the funny thing is, now, 11 years later, our daughter is growing, growing, growing. Tall and willowy to be sure. And I hope she appreciates every moment of it!


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