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I have a 4 year old with Down Syndrome who is very small for his age. He was diagnosed with failure to thrive are there any other moms out there in the same position??? Please help

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Asked by carla1963 at 12:18 PM on Mar. 6, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Failure to thrive is when the child was lacking human conact and love durning vital years as a baby and a toddler, are you sure that is what he was diagnosed with? If you catch it early enough it can be made better but not completly healed. I am not sure how to go about this in a special needs case like yours though.

    Answer by crissym45 at 3:48 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • not all FTT is lack of maternal care....

    Failure to thrive (FTT) is a medical term which denotes poor weight gain and physical growth failure over an extended period of time in infancy. As used by pediatricians, it covers poor physical growth of any cause and does not imply abnormal intellectual, social, or emotional development. Failure to thrive is weight consistently below the 3rd to the 5th percentile for age, progressive decrease in weight to below the 3rd to the 5th percentile, or a decrease in the percentile rank of 2 major growth parameters in a short period. The cause may be an identified medical condition or related to environmental factors. Both types relate to inadequate nutrition. Treatment aims to restore proper nutrition.

    Have you talked to the doctor about ways to ove come this.? the earlier it's treated the better for you child. And possibly a nutritionalist?

    Answer by pagirl71 at 8:49 PM on Mar. 7, 2009

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