Faltering growth is not a condition, but a term used to describe a growth pattern,1 when babies, toddlers or children are not growing at the expected rate.2
Babies all grow at different rates which means it is sometimes difficult to tell if they are experiencing a period of faltering growth.2 Within the first few days of being born many babies will lose up to 10% of their body weight – this is normal and the weight is quickly regained.2 If faltering growth is confirmed by your healthcare professional, often simple advice is all that is needed to get your baby back on track.
If faltering growth is not addressed there can be a long term impact on your child’s development,1 so always consult your healthcare professional if you have any concerns.
- What can cause faltering growth in babies?
- How do I measure my baby’s growth?
- How can faltering growth be managed in babies?
- Shields B et al. BMJ. DOI 10.1136/bmj.e5931 Published on-line 12th September 2012.
- Great Ormond Street Hospital, Faltering Growth, 2009: http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-conditions/search-for-medical-conditions/faltering-growth/faltering-growth-information/?__utma=1.666312062.1373490468.1373490468.1373490468.1&__utmb=22.214.171.1243490476609&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1373490468.1.1.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=falteringper cent20growthper cent20inper cent20babies&__utmv=-&__utmk=125789450/ Accessed 14th August 2013.
RXANI140098 Date of preparation: March 2014