What can cause faltering
growth in babies?

There could be a number of reasons for faltering growth in babies, but the most common is down to feeding problems – simply put, when a baby is not taking in enough calories that it needs for normal growth and development.1-2 This can occur due to the following examples:3

  • Weaning: this is a period when it can be difficult to know how much food your child is eating. To ensure your baby is getting all the nutrients they need during this phase it is important to give your baby infant formula or breastmilk alongside complementary foods.
  • Feeding problems: this can be due to lack of appetite or poor feeding practices and should be discussed with a healthcare professional.
  • Lifestyle: babies are truly affected by their environment so if they feel unsettled, for example by family problems, this can cause them to have feeding difficulties.

If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your healthcare professional.


  1. Great Ormond Street Hospital, 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=|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=falteringper cent20growthper cent20inper cent20babies&__utmv=-&__utmk=125789450/ Accessed 14th August 2013.
  2. Shields B et al. BMJ. DOI 10.1136/bmj.e5931 Published on-line 12th September 2012.
  3. Shaw V and Lawson M (Eds). Clinical Paediatric Dietetics 3rd edition. Blackwell Publishing: Oxford 2010 p559-560.

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RXANI140098 Date of preparation: March 2014