A GP guide to faltering growth in infants

An in-depth guide to diagnosing and managing babies who aren't growing as expected

Failure to thrive describes a pattern of growth that is inadequate for a child’s corrected age, genetic potential and any underlying medical conditions.1,2

This description is emotive, non-specific and can imply parental failure, thus the term ‘faltering growth’ is preferred.

The cause is often multifactorial, and includes psychosocial, medical and developmental factors.1,2

Most cases do not require extensive investigation as the cause can often be identified on history and examination alone.