We're on day five with a poor, sick little guy.
We took him to the Pediatrician yesterday. If we hadn't been able to get him in early in the morning, I was considering a trip to the hospital. He was so lethargic, feverish, and miserable. Leave it to me to overreact. According to the Pediatrician, he just has a cold.
This visit confirmed our conviction that we need to find a new Pediatrician. We've been trying to speak with Nicknack's doctor about what we perceive to be an eating/swallowing issues. As in, he chews up and spits out most food and only swallows a few bites a day, and only things that are mushy. As an infant he went through several months of dysphagia, and we had to give up nursing and thicken expressed milk, and eventually formula. Our Pediatrician pretty much dismissed our concerns with those feeding issues because Nicknack continued to gain weight. Of course, he wasn't in our home, in the middle of the night, as our baby cried from hunger but was unable to eat. It was the most stressful time of our lives and he was absolutely no help.
So we weren't surprised when he dismissed our current concerns about Nicknack's swallowing problem when he started eating textured foods. At his nine month appointment. Twelve month. 18 month. As long as he gained weight from appointment to appointment, there was no need to be concerned, he told us.
Well, yesterday we were shocked when the nurse weighed N and the scale read 24 pounds. At his 18 month appointment six weeks ago he'd weighed more than 26 pounds.
The doctors response? The scale was probably just off. No need to check. He was sure Nicknack was fine. We reminded him about N's eating issues. No problem. Toddlers are very picky. No, he isn't picky. He'll taste anything - broccoli, whatever. He chews and chews and chews and then spits it out. Both church nursery workers have seperately asked us about it because they've noticed he can't swallow the little animal cracker cookies they give out at snack time. He just chews and chews and chews.
Also, he has never learned to drink out of his sippy cup sitting up. He lays on the floor to drink it. Perhaps this has something to do with the gag/swallow issues he had as an infant, with his bottles?
"I'm sure he'll outgrow it. It's probably nothing. There's no reason to worry."
Which really seems to sum up his philosophy of Pediatrics. No matter what concern we share, what symptom he has, what question we ask. "I'm sure it's fine/okay/normal."
And maybe it is. But I would just appreciate a little more concern. Some follow up questions. A sense that these appointments aren't a total waste of time.