Failure To Thrive Symptoms
A newborn child is a wonder. The perfection of every organ is simply astounding. Watching the child grow just furthers the wonder. As a child grows, we watch and applaud each milestone in his or her development. But what happens when this development does not follow the proper route? Read more about Failure To Thrive Symptoms.
What is Failure To Thrive?
Every child is different. There are smaller and larger children, shorter and taller, faster and slower, etc. Doctors will usually say that as long as the child’s development continues on a regular course, even if it’s not as fast as other children, it should not indicate a problem. But if a child has developed to a certain point and then stopped or he is much smaller than most other children his age, this may indicate a problem. This is called failure to thrive (FTT) and can lead to further problems.
FTT can happen for several reasons. There may be a medical problem, such as Down’s syndrome or other genetic problems, problems with certain organs or hormones, a physical problem with eating – whether from the brain or the digestive system. There may also be problems with the heart, lungs or stomach which affects how the body draws nutrients, or long-term inflammation. When a child is born too small it can also be a symptom of FTT.
Sometimes it is not a medical problem but a problem with the child’s environment. Poverty, problems with parents’ bond with the child, or not understanding what is needed for proper development can cause FTT. The child may also be breathing in harmful pollutants from the air. Irregular eating habits, due to too many disruptions, or not having specific mealtimes, may result in the child not getting enough nutrition. Often there are no clear reasons for FTT.
What Is Failure To Thrive Symptoms
Children who suffer from failure to thrive do not grow up at the same rate as most children their age. The children look a lot smaller and shorter. Their height, weight, and head size are not as it should be. Their weight is 20% lower than it is necessary for their height.
Sometimes FTT manifests in that the child ceases to develop or grows and develops extremely slowly. Because of this, children with FTT will be very late or not reach their developmental goals of turning, sitting, standing and walking. Their mental development can also be delayed.
You may also notice:
- Lack of interest in eating,
- Crying a lot,
- Sleeping too much
- Inability to calm down
When FTT is correctly treated quickly, the child can continue to bloom normally. If sustained for a longer period, the damage can last longer. At times, these issues can be long-term. It is important to take your child to the doctor as often as instructed to keep an eye on their growth and to catch any problem before it becomes serious.
Failure To Thrive Treatment
A balanced diet is extremely important! When treating children who are not developing the proper way Care must be taken so as not to leave out any nutrients. Proteins, fruits, and vegetables are very important. We also advise taking Junior Multi, a multi-vitamin for children, which can supplement important nutrients and vitamins lacking from their diet.
Mothers of nursing children with FTT should also make sure to eat well and properly themselves, with an emphasis on proteins, fruits, and greens. Taking Lactation Success can help your child get more nutrients at every meal.
A doctor will measure the growth and development from birth and on. He will also perform a blood test, check electrolyte balance, measure hormone levels and take X-rays of the bones to determine their “age”. According to the results of the examinations, the doctor will prescribe further treatment. At times, the doctor will instruct adding more calories to the child’s diet. Sometimes specific vitamins, minerals or nutrients will be needed. Of course, it is important to resolve any issue that may have caused it.
- A child can give a real smile at the age of one month!
- Only newborns can breathe and swallow at the same time! Adults can’t!
- Children double their birth weight at about six months!
- The first tears are produced somewhere between three weeks and 5 months old!