I have shared that at my son's 12 month and 15 month appointment his iron count was low and that we had to see a GI doctor. We saw the GI doctor earlier this month where we discussed his low iron and low weight gain the last couple months. The doctor threw out some things that I was not happy to hear such as Celiac disease, heartburn, Anemia, Chrones, and Stomach inflammation. We had to gather some BM samples and do another blood draw.
I left that first appointment thinking my son is pretty healthy and does not seem to have any concerning factors for anything he had mentioned. His iron numbers were 9.9 in April, 10.1 in June, and 9.9 in August but they want them 10.5-13.2. So they are not too terribly low.
Yesterday the nurse called with his results and his blood and poop samples all were negative! :) NO food allergies, no Celiac! YAY! I was happy to hear that! I really did not want to have to change our diets completely... I mean I try to do more healthy and natural but going completely gluten free is not something I want to do. I would if I had to but at this point I really did not want to do it.
Then the nurse goes on to say, "we still need to find out why his iron is low and why he is below weight. UGG, why does every kids have to fit in a mold???? They are recommending a Colonoscopy! SERIOUSLY??? I was a bit shocked and frustrated. I mean he is healthy, has not been on any medication only a couple small viruses. He shows no signs of any of the diseases they mentioned. He is still growing taller but his weight gain is slower because he never stops...he is a boy with lots of energy and has been walking/running since he turned 1... so why should he be gaining so much weight when he burns so much. I AM SMALL, my hubby was small lil kid, and my daughter has always been smaller too. It is in his gene pool to be little and I am no way wanting him to get a colonscopy just to go digging around.
I guess I do need to ask a few more questions. How can I try to get his iron numbers higher with diet and supplements? What happens if someone's iron stays low for a long period of time? How can we be sure his body is digesting his iron? They said they wanted to do the colonoscopy to check again for Celiac, chones, and see if his stomach and intestines were irritated. I do not feel I got all my questions answered yet, and I want to talk to my regular doctor too but I needed to vent.
Trust me I want to do what is right for my kids but I just do not see why the next step would be a colonoscopy??
Anyone out there go through this??? Any advice? I hate to google all of this medical stuff but right now I am not thrilled with my doctors. I think it is time to find a new one...