Poor growth

Poor growth: short or thin or losing weight.  This is very important: Poor growth – also known as “failure to thrive” needs urgent investigation.

Poor growth (failure to thrive) can be caused by food intolerance. Children who are thin and not growing well have a condition called “failure to thrive” (FTT). These children need to be investigated. Many will have a food intolerance such as: cow’s milk protein intolerance, celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. There are other more rare conditions that also need to be checked out.

Celiac disease is the classical illness that causes failure to thrive. However, nowadays this is a rare way to present with this illness. Anybody who’s not growing well should be tested for gluten sensitivity as well as celiac disease. The eClinc can recommend to you what tests to get, and what they mean.

Poor Growth

About children not growing well – did you know that:

  • A baby who is growing poorly might have a food allergy.
  • Vomiting / diarrhoea can lead to poor growth.
  • Thin / short children could have early celiac disease.
  • It is important to investigate children who are not growing well.
  • Growth hormone may not work so well in the presence of gluten antibodies.
  • Loss of weight in adults can be from celiac disease.

You are invited to have a “virtual” consultation at – The eClinic.
This will help you with the diagnosis and management of poor growth, failure to thrive, short stature, slow growth, weight loss – all of these problems can be due to a food allergy / intolerance.

Study Gluten Stunts Growth in Children

This study shows that gluten can disrupt growth hormone.

Many research studies show that gluten interferers with hormones.  Gluten has been demonstrated to mount autoimmune reaction against the pituitary gland in the brain (your pituitary gland is responsible for the production of a number of hormones, including Growth Hormone.   This autoimmune attack might cause a significant reduction in growth hormone that is crucial for proper growth in children. This is a very important finding.  The take away message is that children who are suffering with failure to thrive (FTT) or children who are not growing on track should be screened for gluten sensitivity.  In my own practice, I commonly see accelerated growth in children after implementing a gluten free diet.

Short Stature and Catch-up Growth in Celiac Disease:




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