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How does a baby become a failure to thrive baby?

What happens to make the baby have a failure to thrive, and what about when they are older? What effects will this have on a toddler? Child? Adult? If any? Thanks!

it's a variety of things to food allergies (to formula mainly) to gastric problems (reflux etc) to not having normal interactions (mom smokes crack all day rather than care for baby for instance)

As they grow they tend to be under weight, under size and have cognitive and/or emotional impairments.  (+ info)

How long do you stay in the hospital for failure to thrive?

Hi. My little brother (who is almost a year) is in the hospital right now. He's had diarrea for the past three months and is very underweight, and the doctors diagnosed him with failure to thrive. He's so little he's not even on the chart, and their going to do a feeding tube tomorrow morning. I was just wondering when he might be able to go home, and how long they might keep him for that? He's been in the hospital since Saturday. Please help

My daughter was on a feeding tube for about three weeks.She also was given an I.V. when the feeding tubes were removed,she remained in the hospital for an additional two weeks.This happened when she was a baby.She is 13 now.She is still very small but dosen't seem to have any problems (medically) from the problem.Good luck  (+ info)

How do I get the doctor to take Failure to Thrive off my daughter's charts?

We just went to a Children's hospital and have several specialists tell us that she's just off the charts, but following her curve and she's petite, but healthy. What should I say to my pediatrician to take the words "Failure to Thrive" off her charts! She is normal and healthy!
Ok, I think maybe some of you don't realize what this is. Sometimes failure to thrive means that the parents aren't taking good care of their infant. In our case, we are and the doctor knows that. I just don't want someone to misinterpret it.

they have to keep it on there for medical reasons.
why would you ask the doctor to falsify medical documents?  (+ info)

What role does an endocrinologist play in treating Failure To Thrive in a toddler? ?

My 2 and a half year old was recently diagnosed with Failure To Thrive, and we were referred to an endocrinologist for testing, but I don't have a clear idea of what, exactly, I can expect the endocrinologist to DO. I only know that our pediatrician wants an x-ray done of my toddler's wrist, but I don't remember what purpose this serves.

the x-ray is to check bone age...it can be done every 12 months

the endocrinologist will plot your toddlers growth curve and estimate his future growth based on his current growth curve. he will calculate your toddlers genetic target height based on parental heights and compare the 2 heights.

he will do blood tests to see if there is a nutritional deficiency causing the failure to grow, and for thyroid function.

Once the endocrinologist finds out what is causing the failure to thrive he will prescribe the proper treatment. My 12 year old grows, but much much slower than normal kids. The endo prescribed HGH for him and he is growing much faster now. In less than 2 years he has grown like 9 inches and gained more than 20 pounds. he is still 20 pounds lighter and a foot shorter than his peers.  (+ info)

is extreme exhaustion a symptom of "failure to thrive" in the elderly?

my uncle is 96 years old. other than being elderly, he has no clear medical diagnosis except complete exhaustion. he sleeps all the time, although when he's awake, he's totally cognizant and fully functioning. someone suggested he just has "failure to thrive" but i think there may be something medically wrong.

That's really interesting because I've read that older people tend to sleep less.

Is he taking certain medications that might be causing this?  (+ info)

If a baby is about 2 lbs under weight is that really considered failure to thrive?

She was born premature, but started to get on the 50% range for her weight, she's 22 months old now and is on infant formula still (we're still trying to find a toddler formula that she'll tolerate), and has cut 8 teeth in the past 4 months and started losing about a 1/4 pound each month. She has a g-tube and is starting to eat a little bit more solid food, she doesn't want for anything. She's very active now. Every child in my family including me lost a pound or two when we were her age and then started to slowly gain weight again at about 2 years old. No one will take what I have to say into consideration. I don't want my daughter to be unheathly but I do want her to be what she's meant to be naturally. She weighs 20 1/2 lbs, the people who watch her growth and development are telling me that she is failure to thrive and they want to put her in the hospital. She acts like a normal baby, although she is a little slow, she is learning new things daily. I don't agree with their opinion.

Since she was premature and is still underweight for her age, they are probably very concerned about her weight loss. It's not a problem for the average toddler to lose a little weight when they become more active, but you daughter doesn't have much of a buffer zone.
Talk to your doctor about this, he or she can probably explain further why they want her in the hospital.  (+ info)

Does anyone know of a reciepe book to boost calories for children, for failure to thrive?

The treatment depends on the cause of the delayed growth and development. Delayed growth due to nutritional factors can be resolved by educating the parents to provide a well-balanced diet.

If psychosocial factors are involved, treatment should include improving the family dynamics and living conditions. Parental attitudes and behavior may contribute to a child's problems and need to be examined. In many cases, a child may need to be hospitalized initially to focus on implementation of a comprehensive medical, behavioral, and psychosocial treatment plan.  (+ info)

My 11 mo has been dubbed Failure to Thrive.We have been advised to do a high fat diet.?

Other then olive oil, avocados, and natural cheeses. What other foods are out there that are infant/toddler friendly?

RAW milk is one of the best foods you can give your daughter, but make sure the cows are GRASS fed, not grain fed. Infants should be getting about 55% of their calories from fat and gradually decline to 30% by the age of 18. The RAW milk contains about 500 fatty acids that a person's body uses to make the fatty acids required for all kinds of functions in the body. A LOW FAT diet for infants is dangerous and NOT good science. Breast milk from a healthy mother contains over 55% saturated fats, 35% monounsaturated fats, and 10% - 15% polyunsaturated fats.

RAW MILK from grass feeding cows (NOT grains), are healthy and the cows live about 4 times as long because they are healthy and that makes healthy milk. Whole milk is the best for all humans. You will also find that there is NO lactose intolerance from RAW MILK. Go to this video and watch it to learn about milk:


The best oil you can give your child for a good fat diet is the combination of these three oils: 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 sesame seed oil, and 1/3 coconut oil. Also, lots of RAW BUTTER made from raw cream is invaluable. Bile is used to break down fats in the body, but both coconut oil and butter made from raw cream does NOT need bile to break it down and it is a good source of energy, feeds the large intestinal cells with butyric acid and is very healthy for you and the baby.

Pasteurized dairy products are junk and should not be consumed by any human being. It is designed for maximum profit, not health. The dairy people should be ashamed of themselves for creating such an inferior, terrible product and the promoting it as if it were "good for you." They said that about DDT when it first came out. So called "scientists" promoted DDT on bill boards saying, "DDT, it's good for you."

I would stay completely away from grains because this affects the way the fat hormone, leptin, causes insulin and glucagon to be utilized in the body. Grains, including whole grains, deplete the body of minerals due to the way they are processed and NOT soaked in water overnight before processing. Commercial breads, pastas, etc. all contain high levels of phytic acid that binds to minerals and depletes the body of them.

The store bought yogurts are terrible. Just pick up a small cup, like Yoplait, and read the ingredients. 27 grams of sugar. If you eat 16 of those, you will be eating 1 pound of sugar. Then, it's pasteurized dairy; pure junk. Set it outside and watch it turn to dust before it spoils.

good luck to you  (+ info)

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

My son has been under the 3rd percentile for his weight since he was about 4 months old. He's now 15 months. I'm working with his pediatrician to try to find out the reason for this. He's on dietary supplements even (a soy "pediasure" due to diarreah/vomiting with milk products. He was breastfed as a young infant so we didn't know about the milk allergy until after he was one). He's been tested for cystic fibrosis and some other things with his thyroid. Those were negative but it did show that he had some sort of anemia. I'm looking for some scholastic resources that I can pass along to his doctor in the hopes that we can get him into a normal weight range. Thank you in advance for your help.
He hasn't actually been diagnosed with failure to thrive yet, I'm just working with those terms for lack of a definite reason for this slow growth. Yes, he was tested at 12 months for lead and anemia (required in our state) and that's when we discovered the anemia. His lead levels were fine. Thank you. I didn't know that lead could cause growth delays. Interesting.

Have you had him tested for lead? I know of a baby who was diagnosed with "failure to thrive" and they coincidentally tested for lead and found the levels to be OFF THE CHARTS in his home--in a spot no one would have thought of. It was on clothing from his dad's work. Anyway, it could be on clothing or if you have an older home it could come from a variety of sources. After the lead source was removed the baby begin to literally blossom before our eyes...You should check this out!  (+ info)

Accumulation of what element can cause "failure to thrive syndrome" in children?


Is this a test?

It is an interesting question!

In the old days, 'failure to thrive' was blamed on the mother -- she was not bonding with her child; or else did not provide enough physical contact with the child. Children in orphanages, who did not receive much physical contact with the caregivers, were reputed to be often suffering from this.

Is it now considered to be the accumulation of an element in the child's system? (Lead? Selenium? Aluminum?) Interesting...

I shall be watching the other posts on this question.

I'm sorry not to know the answer.  (+ info)

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