Link to MamasHealth.com

Children's Health

Babble Talk
Baby Grooming
Baby Play
Bed-Wetting
Benefits of Eating Breakfast
Benefits of Playing Games
Burping
Child Abuse
Childcare
Childhood Obesity
Children and Grief
Children and Nutrition
Children's Vitamins
Choosing a Pediatrician
Circumcision
Clubfoot
Colic
Cradle Cap
Croup
Diaper Rash
Ear Infections
Exercise and Fitness
Eye Focus
Failure to Thrive
Find a Pre-school
Head Banging
Healthy Eating Habits
Hearing Loss
Homesick
Infants exposed to drugs
Nail and Ear Care
Pediatric AIDS
Poison Prevention
Protection from Sunburn Puberty
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Sibling Rivalry
SIDS
Speech Problems
Teething Infants
Unsafe Foods
Vaccinations
Why Children Soil

Child Development

Newborns
1 to 3 Months
4 to 7 Months
8 to 12 Months
1 year
Puberty

My child hates babysitter

Abduction Prevention
Children and Drugs Children's Education

Children and hunger

Children with disabilities

Children and Medical Technology

Mentally Challenged Child
Seriouslly Ill Child


Failure to Thrive

What is Failure to Thrive?

Failure to Thrive is the medical term used to describe children who are not growing at the expected rate for their age. Children who are most prone to this diagnosis are generally under five years of age, with those under two years of age being of special concern. Children who are adopted from other countries may be older.

What Causes Failure to Thrive?

A child who is not receiving adequate nutrition, who may be suffering from emotional neglect, poverty, abuse, or a child who has an underlying disease may not grow at the expected healthy rate. Babies who are born with a cleft palate, or who are born to a mother who smoked, drank alcohol or used drugs during pregnancy, may also fail to thrive.

The diseases or disorders that can cause a child to not grow normally can include Down syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, sickle cell anemia and cerebral palsy. Other diseases which affect the body’s ability to absorb food may also be to blame. This can include celiac disease and cystic fibrosis.

Symptoms of Failure to Thrive

Some of the common symptoms of children who have failure to thrive are:

  • underweight for their age
  • smaller than normal heads
  • shorter than normal
  • excessive thirst
  • developmental disabilities
  • frequent urination
  • very odorous stools
  • throw up food and swallow it
  • pale skin
  • appear limp and weak
  • excessively clingy
  • show signs of self-comforting such as head banging or rhythmic rocking

What the Doctor Will Do

If you doctor believes your child may have failure to thrive, he will order many tests on the child, which will generally include blood, urine and stool. The doctor will also do a very thorough growth chart on the child, and take an in-depth family history. A nutritional evaluation will be made to see if the child is consuming enough calories. Hospitalization may be required if the child is especially weak and unhealthy.

If failure to thrive is thought to be caused by economic, social or abusive issues, a social worker may become involved to help the family through the problem.

We'll teach you how to #LiveTo100!

Join our newsletter!

Accessibility Policy| Terms Of Use| Privacy Policy| Advertise with Us| Contact Us| Newsletter

RSS| Sitemap| Careers

Mamas Health Inc. does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and use of this website constitutes acceptance of the Terms of Use.

©2000 - 2017 MamasHealth, Inc.™. All rights reserved