What is the focus of an infant's medical history in the evaluation of pediatric growth failure (failure to thrive)?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: Andrew P Sirotnak, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Answer

The infant's or child's history should include the following:

  • Medical-based history to exclude medical causes

  • Feeding and nutritional history

  • Growth and developmental progress

Postnatal medical history should include the following:

  • Immunizations

  • Allergies

  • Medications

  • Food intolerance

  • Formula intolerance

  • Weight loss

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Dysphagia

  • Snoring

  • Sleep apnea

  • Recurrent respiratory or other bacterial and viral infections

  • Signs of immune deficiency

  • Malabsorption symptoms and signs

  • CNS abnormalities

  • Developmental delay or delayed or regressed milestones


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