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While infants, children and adolescents all grow at different rates, it is important they continue to grow during various stages of childhood. Sometimes a child may not grow as expected. If you are concerned, you should speak to your child’s physician.
You should review your child’s growth chart with a doctor to obtain objective evidence regarding your child's growth.
The reasons for a child's lack of weight gain may include:
Symptoms of failure to thrive include:
Healthcare providers at Riley at IU Health may perform a variety of tests and exams to make a diagnosis. Which tests are used will depend on:
Diagnostic tests may include:
The physician may also refer your child to a dietitian.
Treatment for failure to thrive involves:
Visit the websites below to find support groups and services and learn more about failure to thrive.
Riley at IU Health offers a broad range of supportive services to make life better for families who choose us for their children's care.
This website offers information about failure to thrive, including its causes, symptoms and treatments.
The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition provides this useful PDF about failure to thrive.
The pediatric specialists at Riley at IU Health have completed research on the natural history of patients with failure to thrive. They are now working to improve how general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists manage children with failure to thrive.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
Sort through 6 facilities offering Failure to Thrive care by entering your city or zip below.