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3 Holiday Makeup Looks
Adverse food reactions
Allergic rhinitis
Anaphylactic shock adults
Anaphylaxis
Asthma
At the scene of an accident
Avoiding allergens
Babies failing to thrive
Back injuries
Bleeding
Children and young people
ColdMediDangerous Infants
Colds and flu
Disguise a Double Chin
Drinking Coffee Helps Fight Alzheimer's,
Drug allergy
Eczemas
Eye Allergies
Finding the time
Foods th8Lower Cholesterol
Grass-Fed Beef The Natural Alternative
Head Injury
Heart Attack
Heartburn
Help for Tired Eyes
Hepatitis C
How much exercise do I need
Injuries and treatment
Jaundice
Look Younger by Morning
Lung cancer cases
Maintaining  target weight
Makeup Tricks 4 Dark Skin
Match Makeup 2 Your Outfit
Moving on
Opening airway
Perfect Lipstick
Fixes CommonHair Problem
Recovery position
Risky Business for Teens
Sensible slimming
Sleep Disorders
Summer hay fever
Supporting someone with cancer
Tips to give up smoking
Treatment
Venom allergies
What's the right activity 4me
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Babies failing to thrive

The capacity to grow and develop is the essence of the human child,
and it's frequently assessed by family, friends and health professionals.

As soon as a new baby arrives in the world, one of the first things
everyone wants to know is how much does he or she weigh?
From that point on, there are constant enquiries about the child's
weight and height.

Most people, if they see a child growing tall and strong, feel reassured
that the child is healthy and their needs are being met. Health visitors
provide health record booklets that include growth charts for all new
babies.

When a child fails to grow
Some children don't grow or gain weight as they should. This is known
as failure to thrive and may be because of a variety of causes. Some
children appear lethargic, pale and miserable, while others seem fairly
well.

Failure to thrive in infants may be a result of poor feeding
techniques

In the UK, where chronic disease in childhood is not very common,
failure to thrive in infants may be a result of poor feeding techniques,
while in older children, unhappy home circumstances and
emotional problems are often to blame.

Causes of failure to thrive

Inadequate diet: not enough food being offered or not
enough food being taken

Genetic influences, such as genetic disease

Low birth weight

Repeated childhood illness

Malabsorption

Chronic disease, for example, kidney failure, malaria, TB

Emotional deprivation

Breastmilk
Newborn babies should thrive on breastmilk - it's the best choice.
But many new mothers and their babies struggle to latch on properly
and get a good technique going. Get more advice on breastfeeding
from your health visitor.

Formula milk
Despite being second best for other reasons, babies should thrive on
formula milk. If your baby isn't growing as they should, you must check
that you're following the manufacturer's instructions for making up the
feed exactly (not too dilute), and that your baby is able to get the milk
as fast as it needs to (check the teat size).

Children may be unable to absorb food into their body because
of problems with their gut

Coeliac disease, which causes diarrhoea with foul-smelling faeces,
anaemia, and failure to thrive, is because of a reaction to gluten
(a protein found in wheat and similar proteins in other grains).
A lifelong gluten-free diet is usually necessary. Find out more from
Coeliac UK.

Things to remember

Keep a regular eye on your children's growth

Don't forget, small parents tend to have small children

If your baby isn't growing, or if you're worried about feeding,
talk to your health visitor or GP

Follow instructions exactly when making up formula feeds

Ensure your child has a healthy balanced diet

Genetic causes
There are many different inherited conditions that can mean a child
fails to thrive, such as chromosomal problems.
Most common of all, accounting for about 80 per cent of small children,
is not an illness but simply that the parents are also small. So it's normal
for that family. This is sometimes known as constitutional short stature
and, of course, no treatment is needed.
What's important is that the child is growing at a steady rate, following a
line on the growth charts parallel to the average child, even if
continually smaller than average.
If growth slows or stops, then it should be investigated.
Trying to feed up a small child is likely to make them chubbier
rather than taller.

Failure to thrive may start in the womb
Growth begins in the womb, and some children born with a low
weight as a result of some factor in the pregnancy will continue
to have problems catching up. This is more likely if the growth
retardation happened early in the pregnancy.

If a mother has high blood pressure, smokes, drinks alcohol or
takes certain medications, it can affect a baby's growth before
it's born. Maternal infections, such as rubella and toxoplasmosis,
can also result in a low birth weight baby.

Any illness in a child temporarily slows growth

Serious illness is more likely to affect growth, from chronic
infection such as TB to major heart abnormalities, deficiencies
of hormones such as thyroid or growth hormone, lung diseases
such as cystic fibrosis, and kidney disease.

Psychological problems
Sometimes there's no apparent physical explanation for why a
child is failing to thrive until home circumstances are carefully probed.
Social deprivation, especially if a child's emotional needs are being
neglected, can lead to growth problems even in the first few months of life.

While poverty increases the risk, a big house stuffed with toys doesn't,
on its own, guarantee that a child is happy and emotionally nourished.

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