Anyways back to Hailie Bailie - she is now 2 and a half years old, well a bit more than that (she will be 3 in August). She gave us a scare on Thursday night/Friday. The last couple of weeks she has been on antibiotics because she had awful mosquito bites that got infected. She stopped the antibiotics and then two days later she became unwell and was drinking obsessively and soaking her nappies. All Thursday night she was saying "Daddy drink please" and then would gulp down a cup of water and then go back to sleep and an hour later would say again "Daddy drink please" - by the next morning she could hardly walk and just wanted to drink continuously and alarm bells started going off in all our heads.
Straight off to the Doctors and straight in for some blood tests and urine tests, but the Doctor didn't think it was the beginning of Diabetes, but he says he always listens to the mum and would test anyways - he thought it was probably a virus of some sort. Being a weekend we couldn't get the results until the Monday and she had major ketones on her urine, but the Doctor put that down to dehydration and said that the blood test results showed that she had a bacterial infection caused from the bites and that she had an allergic reaction to them - so back onto another course of antibiotics - but he was concerned about her weight - three weeks ago she weighed 11kgs - Friday she weighed 9.5kgs and on Monday she weighed 7.5kgs.
Hailie is very petite in weight has always been that way - she is getting quite tall now, but does not put on any weight - doesn't drink much and doesn't eat much.....my sister has tried everything to get her to eat more and does frequent small meals during the day, tempting her with different types of food - she is not a fussy eater and eats very healthily - loves her fruit and vegies etc, but still enjoys chocolate and ice cream or should I say ADORES chocolate and ice cream.
On the Friday after seeing the Doctor, she went to the Pharmacist to look into the children's chewable vitamins, but they say Hailie can't have any until she weighs 13kgs - she has never weighed 13kgs. He suggested a glucose powder to add to her meals etc which should help fatten her up - so we have been trying that.
On the Monday the Doctor said that my sister needs to start giving her protein shakes but my sister is like giving a 2 year old protein shakes - but she is giving it a go - but it took Hailie 90 minutes to drink half a cup of the stuff. Lisa made it fun for her and got her to help make a banana smoothie and they put ice cream etc into the blender together and Lisa put the powder in without her seeing and she just would not drink it and my sister had to bribe her to drink just half a cup.
Does anyone have any ideas to help a 2 year old eat and drink more? She is otherwise very healthy, active and happy child and she puts on some weight and as soon as she gets sick it comes falling off again - I mean she is still in size 0 clothes.