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    Default Long term effects of failing to thrive

    Wondering if anyone has information about the long term effects on a Bub that fails to thrive. TIA

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    Subscribing. DS was 3.862kg at five months and seems fine but he's still quite small.

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    Well I'm not much help apart from my personal anecdote. I was a FTT baby. Went to numerous specialists at the children's hospital until age 3. Found no reason that I wasn't growing (I was still in size 0-1s at 3yo). Never interested in food (still ate but not a big eater) and refused to take special formula. They debated whether to inject my pituitary gland with growth hormones but as I was happy and meeting milestones they decided against it. In the end drs told my parents I was going to be a dwarf.

    At about 4 I started to grow. By end of primary school I had mostly caught up. Still the littlest kid but not by much.

    Now as an adult I'm still petite but no means abnormal. Happy and thriving and no health issues here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamasupial View Post
    Wondering if anyone has information about the long term effects on a Bub that fails to thrive. TIA
    How old is your bub? DS was diagnosed FTT at 4 months (he weighed 5.4kgs after being born at 3.9). It was easily explained by my insistence on EBF up til that point when I didn't have enough milk. I feel terrible about it still, but because it had an obvious cause, there was an obvious solution and he was back on track by 6 months.

    I've seen no ill effects and he's 2 now but ours was pretty short term.

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    She's 4 months. Was born at 3.88kgs and is now 5.57kgs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamasupial View Post
    She's 4 months. Was born at 3.88kgs and is now 5.57kgs.
    Sounds like my little man! I don't know how you're feeding at the moment but comping with formula did the trick for us, although the growth spurt when he started to catch up was the worst easter weekend of my life. By 'comping' I mean draining each breast then watching him guzzle a full bottle. It was a little emotional for me to watch that. He did wean himself completely at 7 months but I know the formula was the right decision for us.

    Also, we started solids at 5.5 months and that helped.

    I've seen no ill effects from the FTT and I was told there's no reason to think there will be. Are you ok?

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    She was mix fed from birth and has been fully formula fed since 10 weeks and it's not helping. I just worry that it's going to do some sort of damage as she regularly gains little weight or loses weight.

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    When I was told my DS was ftt, I asked that question and I was told basically there should be no long term issues. I was told that he will most likely completely catch up to his birth percentile line and that should be that. They could give me no other repercussions I should be concerned about in the future.

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    Thanks ladies. Makes me feel better to know there won't be any permanent damage.

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    my son was classed as failure to thrive and would lose weight at the drop of a hat. he is now 20 years old, 5ft 5 and weighs 48 kgs... he is skinny, and you can see his ribs, but he is healthy and active... he has no issues from being skinny as a baby.. its just the way he was and still is... he cant put on weight.. we have seen a dietician and he eats alot but cant put weight on... The Drs arent concerned as he is healthy


 

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