What causes failure to thrive?
Children can fail to thrive for many reasons. They can roughly be divided into three categories: medical reasons, behavioural reasons and environmental reasons.
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Failure to thrive is when a child falls consistently behind the weight gain and growth rates expected for their age and gender.
Failure to thrive doesn't have a single definition. Failure to thrive is suspected if the child's weight, length and/or head circumference are at the extreme low end of the standard growth figures for their age, or if the child is growing very slowly or …
A doctor or healthcare professional will examine the child and measure the child's height, weight and head circumference and compare the results to standard growth charts. Then they will compile a detailed history and an account of the child's and the …
Treatment of failure to thrive depends on its cause or causes. When the root cause is found and addressed, a special diet rich in calories and nutrients can be provided for the child to get them back on track.
Failure to thrive may cause health and cognitive problems later in life. However, a child that has been diagnosed and treated after a short period will usually be able to live a normal life.
The most important thing you can do as a parent or carer is to be aware of the child's nutritional status and to seek information and assistance if you're not sure that the child's growth and nutrition are adequate.
Some medical conditions can be the cause of failure to thrive. In addition, poverty and a difficult home life can often bring about failure to thrive.