Feeding problems

Failure to thrive

Failure to thrive is the term used for infants and young children under the age of five, who fail to achieve normal growth. Failure to thrive is defined as weight that falls under the third percentile on at least two separate occasions.

It must be acknowledged that some children are just naturally small and, as long as other neuro-developmental milestones are being met, it may just be their genetic pattern. A failure to thrive can be monitored by recording your infant’s height and weight on their growth chart over a period of time.

If you are worried about the growth, weight and feeding patterns of your baby or toddler, you should discuss the matter with your health care professional (i.e. maternal health nurse or GP). They will be able to provide you with guidance on feeding your baby and will investigate any health issues that may affect your child.

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