Inadequate Weight Gain in Children: Possible Solutions
Depending on the cause, treatments may vary. If the cause is a serious medical concern, treatment is prescribed by the physician, and often treating the initial disease will reverse failure to thrive.
Assuming the problem is not due to a serious medical concern, pediatricians determine the course of action depending on the significance of the problem. If the child is mildly or moderately affected by failure to thrive, it may simply be a matter of adding nutritious snacks to an already balanced diet, or increasing the dietary balance through nutritional counseling.
If the problem is more severe, the child may be admitted into a hospital until he or she is out of immediate danger, and then transferred to an outpatient program which the parents would also participate in. This way, parents are allowed access to trained medical professionals like psychiatrists, nutritionists and feeding specialists, doctors and social workers, who can help them to put a proper plan in place to ensure the child’s health.
If you're concerned about your own child's growth patterns, you can check the standard height and weight charts for boys and girls or try this online self diagnosis test. Most importantly, check with your child's pediatrician.