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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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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

An age-appropriate diet is one that provides adequate nutrition and is appropriate for a child's state of development. During the first 4 - 6 months of life, infants need only breast milk or formula to meet all their nutritional needs. At 4 - 6 months of age an infant should be consuming 28 - 45 ounces of formula, and is often ready to start the transition to solid foods. 6 - 8 MONTHS Continue to offer breast milk or formula 3 - 5 times per day. 8 - 12 MONTHS OF AGE Breast milk or formula should be offered three to four times per day at this age. After a baby is 1-year old, whole milk may replace ...Read more


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3yr old h/O failure to thrive/poor growth. Ped GI found IgA 183, ESR 26, calprotectin 165, burr cells 1+. Plan is to repeat labs & if unchanged colonoscopy. food allergy??? Maybe see allergist too????

3yr old h/O failure to thrive/poor growth. Ped GI found IgA 183, ESR 26, calprotectin 165, burr cells 1+. Plan is to repeat labs & if unchanged colonoscopy. food allergy??? Maybe see allergist too????

Failure to thrive : I think your GI doctor suggested an upper endoscopy with possible sigmoidoscopy. Eosinophilic gastroenteropathy Is a possible reason which is evaluated by biopsies. If the biopsies are consistent with above then next step is an allergist but make sure you see a pediatric allergist who is familiar with this condition. There are other reasons for failure to thrive as well so follow your GI rec's ...Read more

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Is there a cure for failure to thrive?

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 is "failure to thrive" in infants?

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 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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If you have laryngomalacia, are you likely to get failure to thrive?

Possibly: Since an increase in overall work of breathing will divert calories from growth, this condition can lead to slow growth early on. As the child's airway improves with age and the work of breathing decreases, catch-up growth would likely occur. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does it mean when you guys say "failure to thrive"?

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

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Does anyone know of any online resources for failure to thrive in infants?

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

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Can you tell me of any online resources for failure to thrive or growth disorder in infants?

Can you tell me of any online resources for failure to thrive or growth disorder in infants?

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 more

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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 more

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Malnutrition (Definition)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more