Growth faltering (failure to thrive)

R. Mark Beattie, Anil Dhawan and John W.L. Puntis

in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780198569862
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725968 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks

Growth faltering (failure to thrive)

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Factors influencing growth 51

Pitfalls 51

Management 51

Growth faltering or failure to thrive (FTT) is a descriptive term implying failure not only of growth, but also impairment of other aspects of a child's well-being. It is a dynamic process involving a failure to meet expected potential, and there is no universally accepted definition. Weight crossing down two major centile lines is often taken as an indicator of need for referral to a paediatrician. In the absence both of symptoms suggesting specific organ dysfunction (e.g. vomiting, diarrhoea, breathlessness, etc.) and physical findings other than poor growth, an underlying illness is unlikely. It is important to bear in mind common factors influencing growth, such as parental size and ...

Chapter.  622 words. 

Subjects: Gastroenterology ; Paediatrics

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