Failure to thrive (FTT) is a condition in which a child is significantly below the average weight or rate of weight gain of children of similar age and sex. Infants or children who experience FTT seem to be much shorter and smaller than children their same age. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, have the experience to treat FTT in children.
There is a wide variation in what is considered normal growth and development for children. However, children with FTT fall lower than the third percentile (as outlined on standard growth charts) or 20% below the ideal weight for their height. For some, growing may have slowed or stopped after a previously established growth curve.
Children with FTT may have delays in:
FTT can be caused by several medical conditions, as well as abuse or neglect. Medical causes can include:
Treatment will be based on your child’s age, current health and the extent and cause of FTT. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology will work with you and your child to develop a unique care plan.