Failure to Thrive
Alternate Names : FTT, Failure to Gain Weight
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:
delayed language development
low reading skills
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.