Clinical update

Faltering growth: signs, symptoms and guidance on improving care

NICE guidance sets out four quality standards covering slower rate of weight gain for babies and preschool children

NICE guidance sets out four quality standards covering slower rate of weight gain for babies and preschool children

Essential information

Faltering growth refers to a slower rate of weight gain in childhood than expected for their age and sex. Concerns about faltering growth may be raised by healthcare professionals or parents about a child they feel is not feeding or eating, not growing as expected or is thin or seems unwell. Faltering growth in early childhood may be associated with persistent problems with appetite and feeding.

What’s new?

Taking a detailed feeding or eating history and plotting measurements on a growth chart are among the key elements to improve the recognition and management of faltering growth, according

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