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Dr. Arti Jain
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Failure To Thrive (Overview)

Poor weight and height growth often less than 5%le for age. Failure to thrive is undernutrition that can be due to inadequate intake and/or inadequate absorption of nutrients. Here is an excellent article that describes in more detail http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/failure-thrive.html


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What sort of disorder is failure to thrive in a child?

What sort of disorder is failure to thrive in a child?

Could be a Problem: This is either a child whose physical growth-both height and weight are delayed well beyond age predicted values or a serious delay in emotional or intellectual development or both.This term describes a condition, but not the cause which needs looking into. Consult your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Dr. Arti Jain
165 doctors shared insights

Failure To Thrive (Overview)

Poor weight and height growth often less than 5%le for age. Failure to thrive is undernutrition that can be due to inadequate intake and/or inadequate absorption of nutrients. Here is an excellent article that describes in more detail http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/failure-thrive.html


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How long does failure to thrive associated with cerebral palsy last?

How long does failure to thrive associated with cerebral palsy last?

Usually lifelong: Depending on the severity of the cp, failure to thrive is a lifelong problem. Swallowing, eating, feeding oneself, restricted menus, lack of proper exercise, loss of muscle mass contribute to low body weight in these individuals. ...Read more

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Is there a symptom of "failure to thrive" in the elderly?

Is there a symptom of "failure to thrive" in the elderly?

That's for kids: That diagnosis is usually used in children. Saying that about an adult is an opinion, not a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of failure to thrive?

What are the symptoms of failure to thrive?

Poor weight gain: Typically "failure to thrive" means that a child is gaining weight poorly which would be the main symptom. There are many causes of poor weight gain in children, so there may be other symptoms depending on the cause.. ...Read more

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Children who show signs of failure to thrive, why is it they have to take blood tests?

Children who show signs of failure to thrive, why is it they have to take blood tests?

Information: Babies that don't thrive can get there two basic ways.First, some are not taking in enough nutrition to grow.Second, the babies organs are not working right and burning off fuel too fast, or losing it without digesting it properly.To decide how to fix the problem, they must get information on organ function which the blood test will tell. ...Read more

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3 yo son has been failure to thrive since he was 1..Many test done..All normal..Hes 25lbs slow weight gain.. Wat could b wrong?

3 yo son has been failure to thrive since he was 1..Many test done..All normal..Hes 25lbs slow weight gain.. Wat could b wrong?

FAILURE TO THRIVE: He has to be watched carefully while growing up. Regular peds. Checkup including food monitoring, lots of love, pampering so he knows he is vip. Dx work up neg. These are all that are needed. He will catch up in growth and development. ...Read more

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What are the tests for failure to thrive?

What are the tests for failure to thrive?

Pediatric Undernu-: trition, having weight-for-length or BMI of < 5th %ile, is "an imbalance between nutrient requirements & intake that results in cumulative deficits of energy, protein or micronutrients that may negatively affect growth, development & other relevant outcomes." Evaluation for a variety of illnesses, prenatal exposures, genetic disorders, &/or adverse environmental/behavioral factors is needed. ...Read more

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Does anyone know why babies born with tetralogy of fallot have failure to thrive?

Does anyone know why babies born with tetralogy of fallot have failure to thrive?

Poor oxygenation.: The nature of tof causes chronically poor oxygen concentration in affected children and this can decrease growth. The effect of serial surgeries and the occasionally syndromic nature of this anomaly (down, digeorge, alagille, phenylketonuria syndromes) account for other cases of failure to thrive. ...Read more

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What can cause "failure to thrive syndrome" in children?

What can cause "failure to thrive syndrome" in children?

Many issues: This is a descriptive term indicating an infant or child who fails to meet the parameters for age and size and weight and in fact is falling down. This is an index of problems that need explanation. Categories: child abuse, malabsorption, severe infection, chronic illness, cancer, blood dyscrasias, inherited issues. Your pediatrician should be consulted immediately to sort this out. ...Read more

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Small head circumference and low weight percentile mean failure to thrive?

Small head circumference and low weight percentile mean failure to thrive?

Depends: By definition, at least 3% of the normal population will grow along the smallest portion of the regular growth scales. Consistent growth along that or any percentile is not necessarily a failure to thrive. However;infants starting at the 25% & moving down to the 10% months later & heading toward the 5% in such measurements would be considered ftt because if the drop in growth rate. ...Read more

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What things can I do to treat failure to thrive at home?

What things can I do to treat failure to thrive at home?

What is the cause: You need to determine the cause of failure to thrive and tailor the treatment accordingly. See your pediatrician. Note that most states support child health even if you do not have insurance, see your pediatrician asap to prevent long term deleterious effects on your child. ...Read more

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What treatment would a 7 month old child get for skinniness and failure to thrive?

Find the cause: The primary approach to ftt is an investigation to uncover a cause. Analysis of caloric intake, food preparation, pattern of growth, signs of excessive energy loss, etc, all come into the evaluation. A detailed history, exam & a few screening tests usually find a source. Treatment is based on cause.The most common factor is nutrition, followed by illness or genetic issues. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for failure to thrive?

Depends: Failure to thrive is a condition that can have a variety of causes in infants and children. The important first step is to identify the cause, then appropriate therapy can be pursued. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for failure to thrive?

Sometimes: If it is due to inadequate diet, increasing caloric intake remedies this problem quickly. If it is due to other diseases increasing calories will also help but will not cure it. You need to treat underlying cause for ex: treat hormonal/metabolic abnormalities, treat chronic lung, heart, kidney disease. The most difficult to treat is probably when genetic syndrome is cause of failure to thrive. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have failure to thrive?

What does it mean to have failure to thrive?

Pediatric Undernu-: trition, characterized by weight-for-length or BMI of < 5th %ile, is defined as "an imbalance between nutrient requirements & intake that results in cumulative deficits of energy, protein or micronutrients that may negatively affect growth, development & other relevant outcomes." Causes of PUN can be prenatal exposures, genetic disorders, physical illnesses &/or environmental/behavioral factors. ...Read more

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Who can get failure to thrive?

Infants mostly: This is a descriptive term indicating an infant or child who fails to meet the parameters for age and size and weight and in fact is falling down. This is an index of problems that need explanation. Categories: child abuse, malabsorption, severe infection, chronic illness, cancer, blood dyscrasias, inherited issues. Your pediatrician should be consulted immediately to sort this out. ...Read more

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Can you die from failure to thrive?

Can you die from failure to thrive?

Many have: This label encoumpases a broad range of issues. It can be as simple as inadequate feeds in a normal kid to a medical problem with excessive nutrient loss.The behavioral interplay between caregiver & infant may also facter in.Undernutrition eventually results in increased susceptability to infection and poor respons to rx. In many countries this eventually leads to death. Proper rx can save most. ...Read more

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What are the tests for failure to thrive?

Pediatric Undernu-: trition, having weight-for-length or BMI of < 5th %ile, is "an imbalance between nutrient requirements & intake that results in cumulative deficits of energy, protein or micronutrients that may negatively affect growth, development & other relevant outcomes." Evaluation for a variety of illnesses, prenatal exposures, genetic disorders, &/or adverse environmental/behavioral factors is needed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of failure to thrive?

Poor weight gain: Typically "failure to thrive" means that a child is gaining weight poorly which would be the main symptom. There are many causes of poor weight gain in children, so there may be other symptoms depending on the cause.. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have failure to thrive?

Pediatric Undernu-: trition, characterized by weight-for-length or BMI of < 5th %ile, is defined as "an imbalance between nutrient requirements & intake that results in cumulative deficits of energy, protein or micronutrients that may negatively affect growth, development & other relevant outcomes." Causes of PUN can be prenatal exposures, genetic disorders, physical illnesses &/or environmental/behavioral factors. ...Read more

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