Tuesday, January 22, 2008

could it be? another blog about my marvelous son?

could it be? another blog about my marvelous son?
Category: Life

Hi all. Today PJ had his 4 month check up and shots, and even though he's 4 months and 10 days, I figured I'd give you his stats...

He now weighs 13 pounds, 5 ounces. (12th percentile)
He is 22-1/2 inches in length, (5th percentile) the little shorty (although to be fair, he was only 17 inches at birth, so he's grown 5-1/2 inches)
His head is 16-3/4 inches circumference, (50th percentile) yay! his brains are getting bigger!!

Dr. is very pleased with his overall growth and health. he got 4 shots in his widdu wegs today, needless to say, he's doing a lot of whining intermingled with a lot of napping. One of the shots was the synergis shot, which he'll get monthly from now until March, I think - that's the one that protects against RSV. Yay!! With so many other things to worry about, it's nice not to have to worry about that!

A couple of weeks ago, I started him on some vitamins, made specifically for people with DS, because the extra chromosome somehow makes proper absorption of certain vitamins very difficult. The effects of these supplements are to help strengthen immune system, and battle against Alzheimer's. Did you know that over 50% of young adults with Down syndrome get Alzheimer's? One of the added benefits of this supplement is that it supposedly helps learning and memory function. I honestly don't know if it's true, and my giving him the vitamins aren't dependent upon his mental function. It's about keeping him healthy for as long as possible. But, if it does work for that too, then what a bonus, huh? For him to be capable and independant in the future would be simply golden.

Love to all,
Kathy


p.s.
Without intending to, I've become a sort of an advocate for TNI (targeted nutritional intervention) There are 2 companies that make the vitamins, and both will send you a free sample.

http://www.nutrivene.com/

http://www.nutrichem.com/

One is a USA company, and one is Canadian. The Canadian company adds flavor to their compound so that it's more pleasant mixed in with formula or baby food. But the USA one seems to only provide the vitamins that are needed, and nothing that's not. If you have the time, check out the yahoo group, " DSTNI " Dr. Lawrence Leichtman frequents there and he's someone all parents of children with DS should know of.

2 comments:

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Sounds like PJ is doing just fabulous!!!

Anonymous said...

All Great News Kathy!!!

The family looks great too.

Kevin