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Weight faltering and failure to thrive

Weight faltering and failure to thrive

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Time to Complete

1.00 hour


November 22, 2016


April 12, 2018

Programme Description

Dr Kathryn Deakin and Professor Mary Rudolf look at weight faltering, a common cause for concern in young children. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include helping parents to manage feeding difficulties, excluding medical problems and when to refer. This article was updated in 2018 to reflect NICE guidance.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Understand that weight faltering is common and occurs across all socio-economic groups
  • Understand that weight faltering is not usually caused by neglect and organic causes are rare
  • Consider how to help parents manage eating difficulties and provide support, advice and reassurance
  • Identify common conditions associated with faltering weight and growth
  • Decide when to refer to social services, a dietitian or specialist nutrition team
  • Authors

    Activity authors
    Dr Kathryn Deakin
    Consultant paediatrician
    Pinderfields General Hospital
    West Yorkshire

    Professor Mary Rudolf
    Consultant paediatrician and professor of child health
    Leeds PCT and University of Leeds

    Test author
    Dr Ravi Ramanathan

    Review author
    Dr Katie Collier


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1 learning credit (1 hour learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


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