What If My Child Isn't Growing?
"Failure to thrive" is a scary phrase that pediatricians use when a baby, toddler, or preschooler loses weight. "We're not worried about the short-term effects of a stomach bug, but if your child drops significantly on the weight charts, your doctor should notice," says Lynnette Mazur, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas in Houston. Your doc will discuss strategies to improve his diet. Failure to thrive can also indicate an infection, hormonal issues, an allergy, or a chronic disease such as diabetes, so if your child is dropping weight, consult your pediatrician.