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Posted by
christine [29.20] on June 01, 2006 at 08:50:48:

Hello. I have a son, John, almost 9 yrs old, who is growing at a very slow rate. He is only 42 lbs and 44 inches, and has been below the 0% mark on the growth charts since 2 1/2 yrs old. (I'm only 5'2 and dad is 5'8; our 2 other older sons are also short but always between 5%-35% on the charts.)

He has been monitored since 4yrs old by an endocrinologist, who is now emphasizing the immediate need for growth hormone shots. An MRI of the pituitary gland, growth hormone stimulation test, testing of thyroid gland, and several blood tests all came back normal - with the exception that he has thalasemia minor. His IGF-1, T3, T4 levels were all normal. His bone ages over the past few years show very slow skeletal growth; his most recent bone age revealed he finally reached the size of a 6 yr old.

Despite all of my research, I am still not comfortable administering growth hormone shots to John. I recently learned from a friend that there could be other causes for his shortness and that there are natural methods to stimulate his growth, especially through diet. Can reducing hydrogenated oils, increasing essential fatty acids, etc. stimulate growth? Do you have any other suggestions? This has become not only a physical problem for John but now also an emotional one. (It is amazing how insensitive both kids and adults can be!)
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Added on Date: 07:20:54 6/01/06




Re: son's slow growth

Posted by Juli [2364.1351] on June 01, 2006 at 09:25:43:

In Reply to: son's slow growth posted by christine [29.20] on June 01, 2006 at 08:50:48:

I would do what the endo says, at this point, for your son's sake. You could also augment that with nutrition, like raw goat's milk, an excellent food for children, it cannot be pasteurized, as the body cannot use the milk proteins when it is heated. Juli

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Posted by ANN [1003.516] on June 01, 2006 at 09:28:01:

In Reply to: son's slow growth posted by christine [29.20] on June 01, 2006 at 08:50:48:

has he been tested for type 1 diabetes? Also, he should be tested for celiac disease. The treatment for celiac is solely dietary- to avoid all gluten in the diet (wheat, oats, rye, barley, barley malt). Type 1 diabetes requires insulin.



Re: son's slow growth

Posted by Steve [3019.1399] on June 01, 2006 at 10:14:04:

In Reply to: son's slow growth posted by christine [29.20] on June 01, 2006 at 08:50:48:

Christine,

Would you love him more if he was 6 feet tall.

Jockey's make good money you know.

Silver Fox!

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Re: son's slow growth

Posted by
christine [2441.20] on June 01, 2006 at 11:55:47:

In Reply to: Re: son's slow growth posted by ANN [1003.516] on June 01, 2006 at 09:28:01:

Ann - he was tested negative for both, but I appreciate your thoughts.

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Re: son's slow growth (What I would do.) Archive in pediatrics.

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on June 02, 2006 at 07:01:50:

In Reply to: son's slow growth posted by christine [29.20] on June 01, 2006 at 08:50:48:

Hi, Christine.

Difficult decision. However, if there ever is a time for the use of HGH, this is it. Putting him on a WFD and supplementing with omega 3s will help build a successful foundation for the HGH. Believe it or not, getting him started on SR (with imagery) will be a big help as well. See "Meditating with Children" by Deborah Rozman.

And read up on anything about imagery and the connection to the hypothalamus. Let us know what you learn and how he does.

Walt

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