Pediatric Non-Organic Failure to Thrive
Non-organic failure to thrive means a child, typically under 2 years old, has stunted growth for no known medical reason.
What is Pediatric Non-Organic Failure to Thrive?
Non-organic failure to thrive (NOFTT) means a child, typically under 2 years old, has stunted growth for no known medical reason. The child will measure below the fifth percentile for height and weight standards, or show a marked decrease in weight.
What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Non-Organic Failure to Thrive?
NOFTT is marked by low weight and small height, or significant weight loss. Additional symptoms are related to delays in development, including:
- Avoids eye contact
- Doesn’t make sounds
- Delayed mental and age-appropriate social skills (smile or laugh)
- Delayed motor development and physical skills, including rolling over, sitting, standing or walking
- Easily tired and sleeps too much
What are the causes of Pediatric Non-Organic Failure to Thrive?
After ruling out a medical possibility, the cause may be discovered to be an economic, psychological or social problem within the household.