Poor growth

Poor growth: short or thin or losing weight 


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, coeliac 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. The eClinc can help you with what tests to get and what they mean.

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.