Poor weight gain
Poor weight gain is defined as gaining weight at a slower rate than other children who are of the same age and sex. Weight gain normally follows a predictable course from infancy to adolescence. However, some children don’t gain weight from birth, and other children gain weight normally for a while then slow or stop gaining weight. Poor weight gain is not a disease but rather a symptom.
The causes may include:
- Inadequate intake of calories or intake of wrong combination of proteins, fat and carbohydrates.
- Malabsorption of nutrients
- Requiring higher than normal intake of calories
Nutritional therapy is the primary treatment for children with poor weight gain. For children with medical problems that are limiting weight gain specialist attention is needed. Homeopathic medicines are extremely helpful for children in need of weight gain. The remedy selection is highly individual. They help with weight gain while at the same time building the body’s immunity.
if ignored may lead to growth retardation,recurrent infections delayed puberty osteoporosis.
Frequently Asked Qustions
What is organic failure to thrive?
Nonorganic failure to thrive (NOFTT), i.e., FTT not due to organic disease, is the most common category of FTT in the United States and is associated with delayed growth and development and abnormal behaviors.
What are the symptoms of failure to thrive?
Some children who fail to thrive exhibit the following symptoms:
lack of weight gain, delays in reaching developmental milestones such as rolling over, crawling, and talking, learning disabilities, lack of emotions such as smiling, laughing, or making eye contact, delayed motor development, fatigue & irritability.