Causes of Failure to Thrive

For young children, the first symptom of illness is often failure to thrive.  Parents of children with unexplained failure to thrive can find themselves facing allegations of abuse, neglect or Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.  The truth is that many medical conditions can create the dehydration, weight loss and blood work abnormalities associated with failure to thrive:

  • Breastfeeding Difficulties
  • Infant Formula Preparation Errors
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Down syndrome
  • Brain Damage
  • Heart or Lung Problems
  • Anemia, Blood disorders
  • Food Allergies
  • Inadequate Absorption
  • Celiac Disease
  • Mechanical feeding difficulties (oromotor dysfunction, congenital anomalies, central nervous system damage, severe reflux)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Infections
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Complications of pregnancy and low birth weight
  • Pseudohypoaldosteronism