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…

Autism rates jump by 30% per CDC

On March 28th, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control issued a press release detailing a concerning jump in the incidence of autism spectrum disorders. Among 8 year old children (and their families) interviewed in 1 of 11 ADDM (Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring) national sites, the prevalence of autism had grown markedly. Still significantly more common among Caucasian boys (1 in 42) with a mixed gender and race incidence of 1 in 68, autism has reached epidemic proportions. Why the jump? Without question, some of this increase is secondary to more astute observation by both physicians and parents, as well as a broadening of attributes that lend themselves to this diagnosis. But these two factors are not the only issue affecting incidence – the number of children with social skill disruption and poor communicative abilities is actually increasing. We have all been privy to the tireless debate concerning vaccines. Could this be the culprit?…