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Failure to thrive Concern about growth is usually raised when
- Weight is below 2nd centile
- Height is below 2nd centile
- Or weight/height cross down two centiles Failure to thrive implies growth failure and also failure of emotional and developmental progress Weight faltering
- Always consider psychosocial problems o Eating disorders, home issues disturbed attachment
- Often result of caring parents who create stressful earing environment Causes of failure to thrive Classified into organic and non-organic Organic Inadequate intake
- Impaired suck/swallow (CP, cleft palate)
- Chronic illness leading to anorexia (Crohns, renal failure, CF, liver disease) Inadequate retention
- Vomiting, GORD Malabsorption
- Coeliac, CF, CMPI, short gut syndrome post NEC Failure to utilize nutrients
- Syndromes (T21, IUGR, extreme prematurity, storage disorders) Increased requirements
- Thyrotoxicosis, CF, malignancy, chronic infection (immunodeficiency), renal failure, heart disease

Non-Organic Inadequate intake
- Inadequate availability of food
- Feeding problems - insufficient breastmilk or poor feeding technique
- Meal time behavior
- Low socioeconomic status Psychosocial deprivation
- Poor maternal-infant interaction
- Maternal depression
- Poor maternal education Neglect or child abuse
- Factitious illness, deliberate underfeeding

Need to study the growth chart in combination with a history and examination of the child History
- Detailed dietary history o A food diary is useful
- Feeding, including details of exactly what happens during mealtimes
- Is the child well? Do they have lots of energy?
- Any other symptoms such as o Lethargy, D+V, cough
- Was the child premature or did they have IUGR or other problems at birth?
- Growth of family members and any illnesses in the family

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