Clinical update

Faltering growth

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is developing new guidelines on how healthcare professionals recognise and monitor faltering growth in infants and children
Growth

Essential facts

Faltering growth, previously called failure to thrive, refers to a slower rate of weight gain in childhood than expected for age and sex. While newborn babies normally lose weight in the first days of life, persisting or large weight losses can cause concern.

The reasons for faltering growth in babies and older children can be complex.

What’s new

Guidance to help healthcare professionals recognise, assess and monitor faltering growth in infants and children is being developed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The document has been consulted on and is due to be published in October.

Signs and symptoms

Children with faltering growth may be identified by routine growth monitoring, or by parental or health professional concern. A child’s weight, length or height and head circumference should be plotted on

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