SW Florida Kid’s Health: What Is ‘Failure To Thrive?’
Though SW Florida children come in all shapes and sizes and grow at widely varying rates, sometimes an extremely low weight indicates a medical condition called ‘failure to thrive.’
This general term is used for children who weigh significantly less than other healthy SW Florida kids their age.
According to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, in cases of children with failure to thrive the rate of weight and height gain ‘may be more important than actual measurements.’ 1
SW Florida children in the ‘failure to thrive’ category weigh lower than the 3rd percentile. In addition, their weight is significantly lower than what is considered healthy for their height.
In addition, SW Florida kids with failure to thrive
usually have delayed development in physical, social, and emotional skills.
In Florida, failure to thrive can be caused by numerous factors, both physically and environmentally. SW Florida parents who are concerned about their child’s development should consult their pediatrician, even if no specific medical symptoms are detected.
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1‘What Is Failure To Thrive?,” Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, http://www.hopkinschildrens.org/tpl_rlinks_nav1up.aspx?id=5112, accessed on October 15, 2011
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