One Year Check-Up

I totally flaked and forgot to post Jaxson’s updates about his 1 year check-up at the pediatrician back on 2/4. We had some minor concerns and as always, Dr. Helft is amazing and he and his nurses took good care of us while we were there. There have been some scary cases of people dying from the flu locally, so he urged us to get Jax a flu shot and I wanted us to get it too – luckily they could do it for us right there in the office so we wouldn’t have to go to CVS or Walgreens (which was a relief!). We all even got a cool Crayola crayon-shaped band-aid afterwards like the cool kids we are. 🙂

So the concerns we brought up (and the subsequent answers) were as follows:

1. When to start weaning off formula? The simple answer, now. As you recall, Jax had A LOT of problems with formula just starting out and ended up on Similac Alimentum for sensitivity/colic/etc. which he had throughout his first year. At this age most babies start switching over to whole milk, but we were concerned that he could have an allergy (like J does) or lactose intolerace (like I do). Dr. Helft ordered an allergy test for us (especially since J is allergic to all sorts of things – cats, dogs, pollen, milk, mango, some melons, etc.) and gave us two cans of the hypoallergenic toddler formula by Enfamil to try out.

2. What about his coloring? Jaxson was bruised very badly when he was born, and it caused pretty bad jaundice in his first month or two of life. Most of the bruising is gone now (although in the light, you can still see the one on the bridge of his nose and under his eyes) but he still has some yellow coloring on his nose, feet, and hands. We thought maybe we were feeding him too many orange foods but we were worried it could be some sort of jaundice left over. So Dr. Helft ordered a bilirubin test for the jaundice and a liver function test just to make sure everything was working properly. (This was on top of the routine lab work he orders for their one year check-up.)

3. What about Jaxson’s feet turning out when he is pulling up on things to stand, or when “walking”? This was more of a grandparents’ concern than our own, but since two grandparents mentioned it on separate occasions we thought we’d ask. Turns out there’s nothing to worry about, since he’s not walking on his own yet and having this issue, its just him learning how to move and catch his balance and being all bendy like babies are. So nothing to worry about there and Jaxson won’t be running around a la Forrest Gump any time soon. 🙂

We left with our samples of formula, one year shots and flu shot for Jax, flu shots for Moms, and went on our way. We made the appointment for Jaxson to go to the outpatient lab for blood work the next day (his first time since being a wee babe with all those jaundice troubles!) and we were admittedly nervous. We didn’t know how he’d react to being held still and/or how much blood they’d need to take. J said she handled it worse than he did, as I was at work and couldn’t be there, but that he came through just fine and charmed all the girls in the lab while he was at it. That’s our boy!

We just got the results in late last week and all of his blood work turned out just fine. He’s perfect! No liver problems or residual jaundice – they said that some kids don’t metabolize orange foods (the beta-carotene) as well as others and it can give them the yellow/orange coloring, but its nothing to be concerned about. And the best news – he has ZERO allergies! – to cats or dogs, to milk, or to pollen. Woohoo! J is a serious allergy sufferer and has asthma too, so we were worried Jax would end up with many of the same allergies himself. For now, at least, he checked out fine and was cleared to start on whole milk and weaning off the formula. The only thing the allergy test didn’t check for was allergies to tropical fruit, so they advised us to just stay away from it for him since J is severely allergic. That will be easy since we never have mango around (even though I like it) because of her allergy – God forbid I ate some and then kissed her – she’d blow up like a balloon, she’s that sensitive!

So our little trooper finished out his hypoallergenic formula and started on whole milk this week and is doing great with it. Although he didn’t really like it at first, we warmed it up some and he started getting used to it. YAY! No more stinky/expensive formula! We had a few cans left over and are giving them to the pediatrician’s office – they’ve helped us out over the past year with samples and freebies so its the least we can do to pass on the help to another family.

He only gets two (three max) bottles a day now,  one in the morning and one before bed, sometimes another before his afternoon nap depending on his schedule that day. We’re trying to start weaning him off of the bottles altogether because honestly, he prefers using a sippy cup to a bottle hands-down. So that’s our next goal for him! He loves big people food and is starting to refuse the baby foods in the packs, he will still eat the squeezy pouch foods 90% of the time without an issue, but I think that is going by the wayside soon. He prefers to eat whatever we are eating, and I have to be honest – I like it too. Its messier but way easier to just give him some of our dinner on a plate if we’re out or at home, and he has a good time eating with us instead of someone feeding him then eating their cold plate of food after he’s done.

That’s it for now – and before I forget again, here’s his stats from the one year check-up – Tall Skinny Boy! 🙂



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