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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

What can be done to prevent the condition?

For some parents, a child's failure to gain weight at a steady rate is obvious. Other parents may not recognize the signs and symptoms as easily. That's why it's important for an infant to be seen by a healthcare provider every few months during the first year. The provider will chart the progress of growth. It would be helpful for parents or caregivers to be educated on infant care. Offering support systems to caregivers may also help prevent non-organic causes of failure to thrive.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Rarely, the infant may die of malnutrition. In severe cases, children may show signs of:

  • diminished growth
  • delayed language development
  • low reading skills
  • social immaturity
  • frequent behavioral difficulties
  • What are the risks to others?

    FTT poses no direct risk to others. If the cause of FTT is a physical condition, the child may require extra medical care, which can be a burden on family members. If the cause is environmental, the caregivers may need guidance.

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    Failure to Thrive: Treatment & Monitoring

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

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