A Strategy for Managing Non-Organic Failure to Thrive Based on a Prospective Study of Antecedents
Non-organic failure to thrive (NOFT) is a formidable problem at medical centers that provide care for low income families. The frequency is as high as six percent of all births in these institutions (Altemeier et al., 1985) and the sequelae are substantial for both victims and society. Although we lack an ideal study of outcome (for example, a long term prospective comparison of the full spectrum of NOFT with controls matched for family size, intelligence and socioeconomic level), the best information we have indicates that children with severe NOFT are at risk for delayed development and small stature when examined a decade or longer after the initial diagnosis (Oates et al., 1985).
KeywordsChild Abuse Growth Failure Maternal Feeding Inadequate Weight Gain Social Readjustment Rating Scale
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