Yes. He's doomed.
We took M for his 6 month well visit yesterday. I would have probably taken him into the pediatrician's already this week due to his severely decreased appetite that I was blaming on the teething, but I held off since the well visit was scheduled.
And it turns out the both of the poor child's ears are infected. Yeah, that would probably explain the loss of appetite and crying over the weekend. Poor baby... glad I didn't fool around and went to the tylenol. But seriously, I thought breastfeeding was supposed to help keep these stupid ear infections at bay. It must be those bottles of expressed milk he gets at daycare. I'm just a bad person for putting my baby in daycare where he learns things and has fun and interacts with other babies I guess.
But the not eating thing has really had me concerned this week. His appetite dropped off over the weekend and because of that I haven't been able to pump much all week. And he's not eating what I have been pumping at daycare, and then he's not eating much at night either. It's just very concerning.
I told his ped this and he said, "Well, he's got plenty of reserves."
What a jerk. Yeah, I know, my baby is big (and HEALTHY). He weighed in at 23 lbs and 14 oz and was 28.25 in long (97+ and 95th percentiles, respectively).
So I said back, "Well, it's really a matter of dehydration."
I'm no dr, but I shouldn't have had to say that and I think he was kinda being an ass with his statement.
Let me tell you how much fluid my nearly 24lb baby has been taking during the day this week:
Monday: 6.5 oz in 9 hours
Tuesday: 6.5 oz in 9 hours
Wednesday: 4 oz in 8 hours (picked up a little early because of the pictures)
Thursday: 1.5 oz in 7 hours (Got there late because of the well visit)
Friday: 0 oz in 4.5 hours (I left work early and took him home)
(Does my concern seem unfounded to you?)
I'm no dr, but that does not seem like enough fluid at all. My ped is an asshole. Me and daycare have been doing everything we could this week, but he just feels so bad. Even though my boss kinda gave me hell for leaving early to get him I would much rather take it from him than take a dehydrated child to the emergency room.
But also, my ped gave me more flak for not feeding him solids yet. What is this guy's problem?! The child just turned 6 months. We have been trying, but we aren't forcing. You see, by not feeding him solids at 4 months, I have ruined my child. He will never eat solids. I will be breast feeding him until he is 5. I am a terrible mother. I should hold off nursing him and make sure he is good and hungry and then force him to eat. By not doing all of this, I'm destroying my child, according to my pediatrician. (Although letting him get dehydrated is A-OK, you know, since he's fat, and being fat is just as good as taking in fluids.) God forgive me for trying to make food fun and for letting my baby decide if he wants to eat or not.
Anyhow, we are back on antibiotics. It seems to be helping a little so far. Hopefully he's back at capacity soon.