Failure to Thrive
Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
1. Categorize organic and inorganic causes of feeding difficulties and failure to thrive.
2. Perform a detailed nutritional examination and medical, family and social history to evaluate for failure to thrive.
3. Assess growth velocity for pediatric patients in order to identify cases of failure to thrive.
4. Develop a management strategy to address patients diagnosed with failure to thrive that may include: refeeding plan, management of comorbidities (chronic disease, dental caries, sleep disturbances, etc.), community resources, pharmacotherapy and supplementation, follow-up monitoring, and determination of need for hospitalization or subspecialty referral.
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Craig Barstow, MD, FAAFP, RFPHM, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Uniform Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD; AAFP CME Advisory for Emergency and Urgent Care; Program Director, Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program; Department of Family Medicine, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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