What is the prognosis 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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Early diagnosis is crucial. Growth, development and behavior can be affected.

Prognosis should be guarded for infants and children with severe malnutrition. If abuse and neglect are comorbid in a case of FTT, the degree of risk and risk factors for poor outcome increase in complexity and potential for poor outcome increases.

With early intervention and treatment, the overall outcome can be promising for infants and children who respond to the nutritional and environmental interventions needed. Nutritional and growth improvement alone does not mean that all problems are resolved.

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