Preemie Weight Gain And Brain Development
by Grandma K
Our twin grandchildren were born at 31 weeks. The boy came home after a month in the hospital and the girl came home after two months but is having to go to the doctor every other day (can you imagine with two other babies at home - and 3-4 shared custody elementary school kids at home half the time?).
The medical community has not been particularly helpful or understanding. When the dad and mom told the doctor (not their regular doctor who is on vacation) that it was VERY inconvenient to go 30 miles one way to the doctor every other day (not to mention $4/gal gas) they were told that they were concerned that the lack of weight gain in the girl would cause diminished brain development.
She was 6'15oz when she came home 2 weeks ago. She has gained 1/2 lb since then. She has also developed thrush which has bothered her eating duration each feeding. They (the docs) have upped her calorie intake with her formula to help her gain weight.
I would recommend a second opinion but it is my experience that the medical community tends to watch each others' backs. The county is also covering the medical bills so it makes me wonder if the medical people are milking it because those aren't watched as closely as private insurance.
I would appreciate any suggestions or input on this. To me - at this point - it seems like much ado about nothing. The only thing the doctor does when they take the girl in is to weight her, check her vitals, etc.
Thanks to each one who will help put a grandmother's mind at rest.