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Failure-to-Thrive

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by Carson-DeWitt R
 

Risk Factors

Failure-to-thrive is more common in boys. Many factors may contribute to an increased chance of developing failure-to-thrive in children, including:
Medical conditions:
Family and social factors may include:
  • Reduced availability of food
  • Giving non-nutritious foods
  • Withholding food
  • Breastfeeding difficulties
  • Depression in the parent
  • Lack of knowledge about proper nutrition and typical child growth patterns
  • Parent and child interaction or attachment problems
  • Lack of social support for parent
  • Severe family stress
  • Child abuse or neglect
 

RESOURCES

FamilyDoctor.org - American Academy of Family Physicians
http://familydoctor.org

Healthychildren.org - American Academy of Pediatrics
http://www.healthychildren.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

About Kids Health
http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca

Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca

 

References


Failure to thrive. Nemours Kid's Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/growth/failure%5Fthrive.html. Updated August 2011. Accessed August 20, 2013.


Failure to thrive in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated May 30, 2013. Accessed August 20, 2013.


Krugman S, Dubowitz H. Failure to thrive. Am Fam Physician. 2003 Sep 1;68(5):879-884.


Needlman, R. Failure to thrive: parental neglect or well-meaning ignorance? Am Fam Physician. 2001;63(9):1867-1869.


8/7/2013 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance. https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us: Bocca-Tjeertes IF, van Buuren S, et al. Growth of preterm and full-term children aged 0-4 years: integrating median growth and variability in growth charts. J Pediatr. 2012 Sep;161(3):460-465.

 

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