"Failure to thrive" occurs among infants who don't grow and gain weight as quickly as they should.
The Nemours Foundation mentions these possible causes of failure to thrive:
- Parents aren't feeding babies enough food or frequently enough.
- Medical conditions such as GERD, celiac disease or cystic fibrosis.
- A physical abnormality such as a cleft lip that makes it difficult for a child to eat.
- A medical condition, such as a cardiac, respiratory or endocrine disorder.
- A milk protein intolerance.
- An infection.
- A metabolic disorder that affects how a baby breaks down and processes food.
Health Tip: Enjoying Tummy Time
Tummy time helps babies develop strong muscles, but your infant may be less than enthusiastic about the idea.
While an infant should always sleep on his or her back, tummy time is recommended when the baby is awake and being observed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to make tummy time more enjoyable for your little one:
- Set a toy on the floor just beyond baby's reach to encourage reaching for it.
- Surround baby with toys to encourage moving different muscles in different directions.
- Lie on the floor and put baby on your chest. Baby should struggle to lift his or her head to better see your face.
- As you or a caregiver look on, let another young child get down on the floor with baby during tummy time, as it can be fun for both children.