Charlotte and I visited Sara, her dietician, at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin today. Charlotte’s “official” CHOW weight was 15.3 k, or precisely what it was back in June. While her vertical growth (she’s up to 3 feet 5.75 inches) is steady, Sara is a tad concerned that her weight gain is flat. Charlotte has gone from 94% ideal weight for height to 90% ideal weight for height.
Charlotte did have 3 ear infections in about 6 weeks (August through September), followed by a 24-hour “summer fever,” all of which dampened her appetite in the past two months.
I’m hoping that now that she’s healthy (save for a sniffly nose), she’ll start chowing down again. But, we’re back to needing to be vigilant about caloric intake, adding calories where we can, and worrying about food and weight.
On the bright side:
- We don’t have to worry about reflux. Even with her last ear infection and her current runny nose, we’ve not seen any gagging or vomiting.
- She is in the 97th percentile for height for her age (not quite 3 1/2). To put it another way, she’s average for a 4 year old (and in our experience, she’s as tall or taller than most 4 year olds we know!).
- Sara loved the broad range of foods Charlotte will try or will eat.