Meadow Springs mum keen to spread love in run-up to Dwarfism Awareness Month

Damien Baldock and Caitlin Green with their son Theodore Baldock (three months).
Damien Baldock and Caitlin Green with their son Theodore Baldock (three months).

THEY are small, that’s all.

That’s the message Meadow Springs mother Caitlin Green wants to spread in the run-up to Dwarfism Awareness Month in October.

Caitlin and partner Damien Baldock’s three-month-old son Theodore was born by Caesarean section because his head was too big.

A check-up revealed something not quite right and he was diagnosed with achondropiasia dwarfism, the most common form of dwarfism and a random mutation that happens to just one in 30,000 babies.

Theodore has a Facebook page on which his mother posts every day and his story is followed by people across Australia.

“Family and friends had no idea what dwarfism was about,’’ Miss Green said.

“You never think its going to happen to you.”

The gorgeous, bright-eyed baby could be more prone to ear and throat problems than other youngsters and has medical appointments every two weeks.

He will also be later than normal in sitting and walking.

“After he was born and diagnosed, I just lost it,’’ Miss Green said.

“I’m still asking why.”

But she said her partner was brilliant, immediately jumping on to Google and asking questions.

“As Theodore gets older, it will get a little bit harder and there will need to be modifications to his car seat and pram and special equipment when he starts school,’’ she said.

Miss Green goes to Perth once a month to meet three other young mums in the same position with babies under one and finds it useful to compare notes.

She said she sometimes gets odd looks and snide remarks from insensitive people.

“I want it known that dwarfism is out there and can happen to anyone,’’ she said. “It is something to treasure and not shy away from.

“Theodore is just little and that’s it.”