Failure to thrive in infants is a condition where the baby is not gaining weight or growing at the expected rate. This can be due to a range of underlying causes, including medical issues, feeding problems, or neglect. Failure to thrive is typically diagnosed when an infant’s weight is below the 5th percentile for their age, or when their weight or growth rate falls significantly below what is expected.
What contributes to failure to thrive.
Many factors that can contribute to failure to thrive in infants, such as underlying medical conditions such as gastrointestinal problems or metabolic disorders, feeding difficulties or inadequate caloric intake, social and environmental factors, and genetic or developmental issues.
How to manage failure to thrive.
How we manage failure to thrive depends on the underlying cause. For example, if the cause is due to a medical condition, such as a gastrointestinal disorder, treatment may involve medication or other interventions to address the underlying condition like eliminating any intolerances. Feeding difficulties or inadequate caloric intake can be addressed through nutritional counselling, formula supplementation, or feeding support with an IBCLC. When social and environmental factors need to be addressed, it is helpful to provide support and education to parents on proper feeding and care techniques.
Early intervention is critical for treating failure to thrive in infants, as it can have long-term effects on the child’s growth and development. Studies have found that early intervention, including nutritional counselling and feeding therapy, was effective in promoting weight gain and catch-up growth in infants with failure to thrive.
If you think that your baby is failing to thrive or if they have been diagnosed failure to thrive then it is vital to get support early on.
Did you know that we are happy to weigh your baby here at Ohana Chiropractic and Wellbeing? You can pop in any time.