I have a 10 month old daughter and my husband and I have been a little worried over her weight for some time, but because she is such an active baby where she is eating a lot, playing, laughing, crawling, sitting up, talking, clapping...all showing normal signs of a healthy baby, we didn't really have a cause for an emergency.
Just recently we had taken her to her pediatrician and she put up a red flag. She insinuated that maybe we were somehow abusing our baby (but she didn't say it out loud) and then had us take my baby to a clinic to have blood withdrawn, which we did and I was very scared because they had to withdraw a lot of blood out of this little tiny baby. The next step was for my baby to take an x-ray from head to toe. When the doctor first told me this, my first thought was that it made perfect sense because I wanted to make sure that my baby was fine, but when we went to the x-ray lab, even they were hesitant because they said that they would have to take a series of x-ray photos of different parts of her body and that would be exposing her to a lot of radiation.
My husband and I are wanting to get a second opinion on having her go through the x-rays...yes, we really do want to get to the bottom of this and find out what is going on in our little girl, but at the same time we don't want to make things worse for her if the x-ray was unnecessary. I'm sure the pediatrician knows what she is doing, but my husband and I also know that not everything the doctor says is the "right" thing. Patients have been known to be mis-diagnosed before. We just don't want to take that chance with our baby.
Does anyone have any helpful advice or suggestions? It would really be great to get some feedback on this. In the meantime, my husband and I will continue to monitor our child's weight and research on our own...hopefully get a second opinion from another doctor if anything.
Mahalo from the Big Island,