Failure to thrive
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Failure to thrive

Jonathan Wells Non-clinical lecturer, MRC Childhood Nutrition Research Centre, Institute of Child Health, London

Aims and intended learning outcomes

This article aims to provide an overview of current scientific understanding of the role of nutrition in failure to thrive in early life. After reading this article you should be able to:

Understand the way in which failure to thrive is detected and monitored

Identify the health risks associated with failure to thrive in early life

Appreciate the multifactorial causation of failure to thrive

Appreciate that appropriate dietary advice is part of a broader approach to management

Recognise that successful treatment can improve poor growth, rate of cognitive development and possibly longer term cognitive ability.

Primary Health Care. 11, 6,41-49. doi: 10.7748/phc2001.07.11.6.41.c323