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Failure to Thrive

Order Other Consults Per Historical Clues

Discharge to Home with close Follow-up Arranged

Ideal body weight?

Meets early discharge criteria*?

  1. Obtain UA, CBC. +/- CHEM20, Zinc, 25 OH Vit D, prealbumin, iron studies, B12, folate, stool guaiac if not done outpatient
  2. Order Daily Weights with Infant Scale, Strict I/Os with Stool Qualification
  3. Order Calorie Count x 3 days

Concern for refeeding syndrome?

  1. Bedside monitoring
  2. Send Refeeding Labs (Chem 20 initially Q8- 12hr)

Other consults needed?

Order Consults:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Social Work
  3. PT/OT/Speech/Lactation
  4. GI

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Inclusion Criteria
  • Failure to Thrive
  • 0-12 months
Exclusion Criteria
  • Known Diagnosis that Explains FTT
  1. H&P with detailed feeding/social hx
  2. Plot outpatient and admissions weights on WHO growth curve

  1. Labs per H&P
  2. Order Daily Weights with Infant Scale and Strict I/Os

Order Consults:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Social Work
  3. Speech/lactation if concern for poor feeding
  4. PT/OT if concern for developmental delay

*Early Discharge Criteria:

  • No signs of dehydration or severe malnutrition
  • No infectious concerns
  • No concern for refeeding syndrome
  • Social concerns addressed
  • Communication with outpatient provider
  • FTT Discharge Packet Reviewed

Note: weight gain is not required for discharge

Discharge Home After:

  1. Patient demonstrates adequate fluid and caloric intake
  2. Cleared by Social Work and home VNS services arranged
  3. Discuss patient with PMD
  4. FTT Discharge Packet reviewed

Refeeding Syndrome Criteria:

Initiating NGT Feeds/TPN OR >10% weight loss in 2 months OR Prolonged inadequate intake

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