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New NICE guideline on Faltering Growth published

We are happy to announce the publication of the NICE guideline on Faltering Growth developed by the National Guideline Alliance (NGA).

In the early days of life some weight loss in babies is common and is usually a physiological phenomenon associated with fluid loss. The term ‘faltering growth’ is used to describe a pattern of slower weight gain than expected for age and sex in infants and preschool children, and it is most often due to inadequate nutritional intake.

Faltering growth is complex and often multifactorial. Parents may feel ‘blamed’ for their child’s slow weight gain. Growth in infants and preschool children is a common cause for parental and professional concern. Concerns about faltering growth arise in up to 5% of infants and preschool children, depending on the definition used.

This guideline was developed by the National Guideline Alliance (NGA) in collaboration with the Guideline Committee of health care experts and lay members. The guidance suggests that healthcare professionals should be sensitive to the emotional impact of caring for a child with faltering growth.

It also recommends that the management of faltering growth should usually be provided in the community, with support and advice usually provided by health visitors. The aim of this is to provide interventions for infants and preschool children that increase energy intake and manage challenging feeding behaviours.

"Faltering growth – recognition and management of faltering growth in children" [NG75] is now published on the NICE website.

 

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