Failure to Thrive

Return to all Child and Adolescent Health sessions.

Estimated time to complete session: 60 min.

Learning Objectives

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.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAFP prescribed
Course opens: 
03/25/2014
Course expires: 
01/08/2021

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

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAFP prescribed

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
03/25/2014
Course expires: 
01/08/2021
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