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Is there a cure for failure to thrive?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wlodzimierz Wisniewski
Pediatrics - Neonatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Wlodzimierz Wisniewski
Dr. Wlodzimierz Wisniewski
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually

There are usually solutions to failure to thrive issues, but it really depends upon the cause, of which there are many.
See your pediatrician.

In brief: Usually

There are usually solutions to failure to thrive issues, but it really depends upon the cause, of which there are many.
See your pediatrician.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Jonah Essers
Failure to thrive is more of a description than an actual disease. It describes the phenomenon of poor weight gain and/or poor linear growth in infants and children. Since there are many etiologies for this, there is not one simple cure for failure to thrive
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