What is failure to thrive?

On Behalf of | Jan 14, 2021 | Birth Injuries

Failure to thrive (FTT) is a condition prevalent in children all over the globe. However, New Mexico has experienced a rise in cases of this condition over the past decade. Children diagnosed with this condition have a lower weight gain rate than other children of the same age. Children who suffer from failure to thrive are not only shorter but also smaller. If the children survive through puberty, they are short and may have developmental problems. The two types of failure to thrive are organic and non-organic. The main symptoms of organic FTT include vomiting and diarrhea. Children suffering from non-organic FTT increase weight after changing their diet.

Symptoms of failure to thrive

Failure to thrive may result from birth injuries. The common symptoms of FTT include reduced height increment and weight. Children suffering from FTT have a disproportionately set body weight and height. Additionally, the head may seem smaller when compared to growth charts. Here are other symptoms of FTT:

  • Delayed mental and social skills
  • Physical skills that are slow to develop
  • Delayed puberty

Treatment of FTT

Children suffering from FTT require medical care. If your child is already in the hospital, you need to keep them company and assist in their care. Apart from feeding them, you can also help in talking and playing with them. Hospital dieticians will help with your kid’s meals. The number of calories consumed by the child is crucial in determining their health improvement.

Once your child leaves the hospital, you must follow the feeding schedule. Have enough bonding time between you and the child, which is essential for their development. In the case of vomiting, diarrhea and reduced appetite, be sure you call your doctor.

Is your child suffering from FTT because of medical malpractice? Contacting an attorney could help you in finding your best options for moving forward.


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