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Failure to Thrive

Alternate Names : FTT, Failure to Gain Weight

Failure to Thrive | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

When diagnosing a failure to gain adequate weight, the healthcare provider will take a thorough medical history and perform a physical examination. The provider will seek information about:

  • the pregnancy and newborn period
  • feeding patterns and development
  • the amount of calories being fed
  • the ability of the child to absorb calories being fed
  • the home environment
  • the complete blood count, also called a CBC
  • kidney function tests taken with a check of the urine
  • If a doctor does not have a diagnosis after the history, physical, and laboratory evaluation, he or she may order further studies. A feeding evaluation, usually done by an occupational therapist, can rule out the presence of a subtle feeding disorder. A psychological and social service evaluation of the family may also be in order.

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    Author: John Wegmann, MD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/15/02

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