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Failure to thrive

  • Initial work-up

    If gluten in diet,

    • Total IgA, Coeliac serology

    Recommended pre-referral treatment

    • If breast-fed baby, offer advice about technique
    • Involve MCHN or breast-feeding consultant - consider mastitis
    • Dietetic involvement for caloric supplement
    • Do not stop gluten

    When to refer

    • If getting adequate calories for growth and FTT is not explained by underlying disease, refer for further evaluation.
    • If there is abnormal coeliac serology, refer for further evaluation and a possible gastroscopy.


    References and more reading

    • Paediatric Handbook (2009). Gastrointestinal Conditions, Chapter 24 (pp369-389) Mark Oliver and Lionel Lubitz. Seventh Edition, Blackwell Publishing. By the staff of the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

    Guideline developed by the RCH Department of Gastroenterology in consultation with a GP Review Group. Many thanks to the GPs involved in the review.  First published Jan 2008. Updated April 2010.
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