Failure to Thrive

 A diagnosis of failure to thrive hurts – I have yet to meet a parent that doesn’t feel some sense of personal failure when this diagnosis is attached to their own child. As a medical student, you are taught to view failure to thrive as a generally nonorganic phenomenon – as in, not a condition which results from actual disease – more of a social issue – lack of appropriate nutritional intake, diluting formula to make it last longer, irregular meals and chaotic schedules, a problem with the parent-child relationship…

I still remember when my own child started to slip on her growth curve – I was expecting my third child in a matter of weeks and my daughter’s 18 month growth curve showed her slipping in weight, as well as height and head circumference. She was and is exceptionally bright, so development was on track, but her growth had stalled. My pediatrician and I discussed nutrition – specifically the protein and fat conten…