Failure to Thrive

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Failure to thrive is a term used in pediatric medicine to indicate insufficient weight gain or inappropriate weight loss. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Failure to thrive is a term used to describe children who weigh a lot less or who are growing much more slowly than most others their age. It is also called weight faltering.

Sometimes, children with failure to thrive do not gain enough weight for normal healthy development. A doctor can tell if your child has failure to thrive by looking at weight and height measured over time.

Failure to thrive happens when a child doesnt get enough calories to grow normally. This can be caused by a medical problem, breastfeeding problems or the child not eating well. Failure to thrive can happen any time during childhood. It is more likely during times of change.

Your childs doctor will give you a plan to use at home to help your child get more nutritious calories to gain weight. The treatment plan will include follow-up doctors visits to check on your childs progress.

Be sure to tell the doctor any time you are worried about your childs progress.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.