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Cereal @ 3 Weeks old.

My sister took the baby in to the hospital again last night because he still coughing and vomitting.  They occused her of starving him until they saw for themselves the way he has been vomitting.  

My sister had to go to court today, so I have the baby here with me this morning.  The doctor told her to put a teaspoon of cereal in his bottle, and to do that with every feeding to put weight on him.  She fixes 2 ounces at a time.  That seems like alot of cereal to me.  

Has anyone fed cereal to a baby this young through a bottle?  I feel really nervous about this!
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Why are they giving him cereal to put on weight? I don't know the situation or case or circumstances, but I have never heard of a DR. suggesting cereal for an infant that young. If anything, it is empty calories! He should just be having Breast milk or formula alone...

Not sure what to tell you, other than the cereal in a bottle sounds like a terrible idea. I gave my dd cereal very young(but not that young!) and she had all kinds of problems, indigestion and vomiting, and so on,

Perhaps it is the cereal that he continues to vomit that is causing him to not gain weight. His little body is not ready for cereal, not at only 3 weeks!
13167 tn?1327197724
Are you sure the doc told her to put cereal in an underweight newborn's bottle?   ??

BH,  is this the same doc who didn't hospitalize the baby?  

Putting cereal in a bottle is a big no no,  doubly so for one who is gagging and coughing.  Can you call the doctor's office for clarification?  I don't think this would fall under confidentiality but if it does,  you could just tell them to offer you generic advice.  In a sick baby who is losing weight,  dehydrated and vomiting,  would cereal in the bottle be typical advise.

Best wishes.  I keep thinking of him,  and wondered if she might be suspected of neglect at some point due to his weight loss.  Great that you're both on it.  

Prayers for his recovery -
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They just started the cereal last night.  Originally they thought he had the pneumonia (I can never spell the word right), but all the tests were negative.  They put him in the hopital and had to run an IV through a vein in his head to give him fluids.  In a matter of a day he gained a half pound, and was able to keep milk down, so they sent him home.  

He has been to the Pedis office almost every day since he was born, and now he's been seen at 2 different hospitals on 4 different days, maybe more than that.  

What is the condition called when a mother unintentionally makes her baby sick?  I can't help but feel that if she would have kept him HOME and not bounced all over NC with him when he was first born that he wouldn't be having all these problems.  She was breastfeeding and doing great at it, but she became frustrated as do soo many other mothers who attempt to breastfeed.

Last night at the hospital they had a social worker talk to my sister, and now she is going to be under a microscope.  They want her to check him into the hospital tomorrow for MORE testing.  This is all sooo very confusing for me.  I am sure it can be genetics.. but my sister is still unsure who the baby's father is.. regardless both men a absolutely WORTHLESS.. one is in jail and the other is unemployed.  So the weight of all her problems are on our shoulders.  I have an eight month old so I can't be tied up at hospitals all day long with her, I can't expose my daughter to that.

That is a little history.  So the cereal is new to him, and so far he's kept it down according to my sister.  

Her bottles have not been modified.  She brought over the bottles from the hospital.. you know the kind that they give you with milk already in them?  Well she saved those bottles and that is what she is using to feed him.  They took him off of the Gentle Ease formula last night and put him on Enfamil Nutramigen.    
13167 tn?1327197724
Munchausens by Proxy I think is what you're thinking of - but my guess is,  they're thinking the baby has failure to thrive due to simple neglect.  

Nutramigen might do the trick,  I've really heard great things.  

When she talks to the social worker again,  I hope she can manage to not act defensive even though she must be feeling that way.  I bet she is under the microscope,  you're right.

Hope things turn around for him - very scary.
193609 tn?1292183893
Munchausens Syndrome by Proxy what you are thinking of, Rock Rose is right :-) I, however, worry about the mother. Has she seen someone to make sure she does not have post partum depression? Sometimes that causes women to hurt their children, or resent them for putting so  much strain on their lives. She might be making the child sick by not caring for the child properly because she is having some mental/emotion issues. Regardless, if she is intentially making the child sick, CPS will be all over her, so here is to hoping this all gets sorted out. That poor baby!
93532 tn?1349374050
I agree with RR, so many things here are suspect, including the pedi.

You certainly don't want to artificially add a ton of weight,especially when it means decreasing the actual nutrition coming in for a child with failure to thrive. The rx formula is a much better way to go.

Have they run a complete GI workup? Sounds like it may possibly pyloric stenosis. I remember taking care of B/G twins and the B had similar issues, turns out he had this and required surgery ASAP.

Who knows, only I know is that cereal this young is just not a good idea. So many kids over the years have gone from healthy babies to miserable babies/toddlers due to sudden onset of allergies that one cannot help but wonder if it was due to the early introduction of solids.

If she has not already, I would encourage her to see a pedi GI and I sincerely hope this isn't a case of Munchausen's by Proxy.
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