Failure To Thrive in Children

Failure to thrive generally means an undernourished baby. The child is underweight as compared to its peer group. In other words, the height, weight, mental ability, social gestures etc are checked and compared to the average readings of that age group. If the child is below those average readings, then he or she can be diagnosed as failure to thrive. The treatment of failure to thrive child is possible and children show dramatic improvement with the medication and dietary changes. You can book an appointment with Dr Nalin Agarwal by calling us at 8588880662, if you think your child is suffering from failure to thrive. 

Hospitalization Required – Not in most cases

Same Day Appointment Available – Yes 

Emergency Treatment – Available  

About Dr Nalin Agarwal - Best Pediatrician in Noida 

Treating infants, children, and adolescents takes a lot of patience, skill, and experience on a doctor’s part. Dr. Nalin Agarwal’s 30 years of experience in the field of pediatrics has made him a natural with children and adolescents alike. After graduating from the prestigious King George Medical College, Lucknow, Dr. Nalin worked at Holy Family hospital and St. Stephen’s hospital in Delhi. The exposure of such hospitals has given him great experience in the field of neonatology and pediatrics, which has helped him become the best child specialist in Noida, India today.

Apart from immunizations/vaccines and medications, Dr. Nalin believes in boosting the overall health of his patients with the right lifestyle and nutrition guidelines. He believes in training the new parents about the challenges of parenthood beforehand to help them make wise choices in the future for their child’s health and wellness. His hands-on training for new parents about feeding, burping, and weaning neonates is just a part of that commitment.

Dr. Nalin specializes in nutritional disorders, respiratory diseases, and febrile illnesses in children and adolescents. He normally deals with patients below 18 years, right from a new-born to an adolescent. With the best-trained staff at Aayushman Medicare Clinic and excellent diagnostic services, Dr. Nalin is running a full-fledged pediatric clinic in Noida for his patients.

Symptoms of failure to thrive in Babies are


    • Less food intake
    • Weight loss or no weight gain 
    • Delayed milestones (delay in achieving the ability to sit, stand, crawl, talk as compared to other children of the same age group) 
    • Irritable child
    • Child doesn’t make eye contact or smile or any kind of social gesture is absent.



Possible Causes of failure to thrive are


    • Premature Birth
    • Low birth weight
    • Poor family condition (unable to provide enough food to the child)
    • Neglected child
    • Diarrhoea
    • Vomiting
    • Baby very picky about food
    • Any physical trauma 




Other less common causes include cerebral palsy, down syndrome, allergies, acid reflux etc. 


Diagnosis of failure to thrive is made by one or more of these tests –  


  • Height and weight measurement
  • Blood tests
  • X-ray
  • Mental development test


Treatment of Failure to thrive in children


    • Dietary modification
    • Nutrition supplements
    • Exercises to ensure physical and mental well being
    • Change in feeding schedule
    • Lactation training
    • Food options are advised for lactose intolerant children




If you are experiencing any such symptoms in your child then please get your child examined for the same. You can book an appointment with Dr. Nalin Agarwal, the best pediatric doctor in Noida, call us at 8588880662. 


Question 1. When should I see a doctor in this case?


Answer. If your baby is not gaining weight, has watery stools, is irritable or sleepy all the time then you should see the child specialist to find the cause. 


Question 2. My baby always vomits after having milk, what should I do?


Answer. Your child may be lactose intolerant or it can be due to any other reason. A check-up is required to reach a decision. 


Question 3. My child is not taking feed properly. What can be the reason?


Answer. It can be due to difficulties in latching or inability to suck. The right lactation training can help the baby take the feed properly.


Question 4. If my kid is not gaining weight then can it be due to the failure to thrive?


Answer. It can be diagnosed after the proper physical and mental examination. 



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