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Geriatric 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not doing well: Ftt usually means poor physical growth from any cause, often evaluated as low weight for age or insufficient rate of weight gain. The potential consequences can be great because of the critical need of the infant to reach growth milestones at certain times for proper physical and emotional development. A baby with ftt needs to have close, regular care with a pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Relative issue: Every newborn is expected to follow a set of predicted milestones for weight gain, motor development and skill acquisition. Those that fail to meet these milestones are labeled "failure to thrive" and investigated for their potential causes. These can include nutritional deficiency, unrecognized disease, and others. ...Read more
Needs?: There are many sites that have reliable information: mayoclinic.Com, hopkinschildrens.Org, healthychildren.Org, and kidshealth.Org. If your child has failure to thrive, a thorough history (illnesses, family history, food diary, etc) should be done with a complete physical and possibly labs and other testing. Many causes: poor nutrition, genetic / hormones, reflux, illness, heart/lung probs, etc. ...Read more
The AAP revised the: definition of Pediatric Undernutrition, or having a BMI < 5th %ile, in 2013 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." See Dr. Daniel Kessler's book " Pediatric Undernutrition" & http://m.aapnews.aappublications.org/content/34/6/15.full. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should i be concerned if my nephew is 2 with failure to thrive, he's been this way since he was 3 months old what could be wrong?
FTT or small child?: Failure to thrive can be caused by poor oral intake, poor digestion of food, absorption or metabolism. It can also be the result of burning too many calories due to a chronic illness. You have to differentiate however true FTT from a child who is growing well below the normal curve and is just "small". Best advise is to go to a good pediatrician to get him examined and assessed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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