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  #1  
November 12th, 2010, 10:09 PM
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I'm wondering if what I'm going through with my youngest son is FTT? The community nurse where I live seems to think so.

Quinn was born weighing... 8lbs7oz and is now only 10lbs7oz. A gain of 2lbs in 12 weeks.

According to the JMs growth chart he is 5-10th percentile for weight for age. Same for weight for length and 10th - 25th for length for age.

At birth these stats would have been...

Weight for age: 50th-75th. Same for HC.
Length for age: 75th to 90th
Weight for length: 25th-50th


So you can get an idea of how he's dropped...

We're off to the GP on Monday to look at it further.

He does have reflux and is breast and bottle fed. He's on Reflux formula at present. No meds as yet. And no other tests have been done as yet.


Thought ans advice much appreciated.
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November 13th, 2010, 09:36 AM
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my understanding of ftt is that it is diagnosed when a child consistently falls below the 3rd percentile for weight and/or height, or when they cross 2 or more major percentile lines in a downward trend. so, your son was 71st percentile at birth, and now at 2 1/2 months he is in the 9th percentile so that crosses the 50th, 25th, and 10th percentile lines in a downward trend. so yes, he does fall in the category if ftt. ftt is a symptom and not a diagnosis or illness though. once ftt is confirmed, they generally try to find out what the underlying cause is and do things to promote growth. i hope that helps and makes sense to you.

btw, here is a great, and easy to use percentile chart for infants up to 36 months old.

Growth Percentile Calculator
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November 20th, 2010, 11:41 AM
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Same here. FTT is more of a jumping off point for a lot of testing than an answer. If he is FTT they will need to find out why, not just say that he has FTT and leave it.
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