These days, time is passing at a rapid rate. I’m not sure if it’s because school is back in full swing and we’re constantly running here and there to see this game or that, or take one kid to practice here and one there. No idea how I was able to pull off Brantley’s ladybug birthday party, in spite of our crazy schedules. I’ve realized the time I have for my personal friends is so little but I guess that goes with the territory, although it still makes me a little sad. We always have at least three kids in our care and sometimes five. There are issues we have to deal with for each one of them and sometimes it’s really overwhelming.
Brantley, who is now 13 months, is no different. We have many issues we’ve been dealing with for her, but it seems like it’s been going on for so long now that it’s just habit. She still has terrible eczema, although I have seen her itching decline and her skin doesn’t seem to be as bad as it was before.
Lately, our biggest concern has been her weight. At her one year appointment, she weighed 16 pounds, and that was less than she weighed at her 9 month appointment. It was alarming. She was often listless and seemed to be a little too chill, even for being the last baby in a house full of kids.
Our doctor ordered labs done with a stool sample to see if we could find out more about what was going on inside of her. It took a few weeks, but I finally got a call that the results were in and the doctor wanted to schedule a phone appointment with me and told me to expect it to last at least 45 minutes. Oh man. Great. Thankful for answers, but scared at what I might hear.
The phone call did last all of 45 minutes but we did get lots of great information from that test, as well as bloodwork. She does NOT have Celiacs Disease, which was an answered prayer.
She does have a lack of beneficial bacteria in her gut, an overgrowth of yeast, low iron, low zinc, maldigestion of fats, as well as gut sensitivities.
So What Are We Doing Now?
Back to formula. We need to give her as many calories as we can. Instead of Similac Alimentum, though, we’re using the Toddler Version of Baby’s Only Organic Soy, which is only sold at Sprouts. Fortunately, we have several of those around, but I quickly discovered they don’t all carry the soy version. I won’t complain, though, because it costs less than what we were paying.
Digestive enzyme. In an effort to help the maldigestion of fats, we’re taking a digestive enzyme and giving it to her with every bottle or food item. It’s called Vital Zymes from Klaire Labs.
More probiotics. We’re adding an additional probiotic that targets the specific bacteria she’s lacking, called Bifidobacterium. This probiotic is called Ther-Biotic Factor 4 from Klaire Labs. We’re now taking this in addition to the Ther-Biotic Infant Formula from Klaire Labs.
Adding Aquaeous Zinc and Iron to her formula.
Diflucan. After adding the next probiotic for two weeks we will start Diflucan, which is an antifungal agent, and should fight the overgrowth of yeast in her gut.
Lotions and creams galore to help her skin.
I’m not noticing much improvement with her skin, but I have noticed she’s not attacking it as much with her constant itching, and that keeps it from being full of scabs all of the time. I guess that’s definitely a little bit of progress.
We’ve been on the formula for about two weeks now and I have noticed a considerable difference. She’s has a lot more energy and we’re actually starting to see a silly side of her.
Hopefully, we’ll start seeing some significant weight gain soon, too!
But I Won’t Complain
I’m frustrated a lot with all of this. I want her to have beautiful, soft skin. I want her to not throw up for unknown reasons. I want her to be able to eat everything the boys can eat. And selfishly, I want her to sleep through the night.
BUT, I will not complain. It could be so much worse and when I hear of children with cancer or debilitating diseases, I will thank God every day that there is help for her and this is all we have to deal with right now.