Failure to Thrive


4.5 out of 5 (14 Reviews)



Post Assessment Questions


Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

12 Nov 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

Need Help?  If you have a system or content concerns, please contact

Activity Description

Failure to thrive (FTT) or weight faltering is commonly used to describe a lack of adequate weight gain in pediatric patients. Accepted definitions include a weight for age less than the fifth percentile on standardized growth charts, a decrease in weight percentile of more than 2 major percentile lines on the growth chart, or less than the 80th percent of median weight for height/length ratio. Given the many causes of FTT, clinicians must obtain a thorough history and physical exam. Healthcare professionals should recognize that inpatient management has a role if the patient is more severely malnourished, has other underlying conditions, or has failed outpatient management. FTT is essential to recognize and treat because it can result in developmental delays and other long-term effects for the developing child. As the underlying reason for FTT is often related to inorganic etiologies of inadequate caloric intake, leveraging an interprofessional team, including nutrition, behavioral health, and social workers, can be especially helpful when caring for pediatric patients with FTT. This activity reviews the evaluation and management of FTT and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in the care of patients with this disorder.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the common signs and etiologies of failure to thrive and weight faltering in pediatric patients.

  • Assess the physical, nutritional, and psychosocial factors contributing to failure to thrive and weight faltering in pediatric patients.

  • Implement evidence-based growth monitoring and nutritional interventions for children at risk of or experiencing failure to thrive and weight faltering.

  • Collaborate with an interprofessional team, including dietitians, social workers, and specialists, to develop comprehensive care plans for children with failure to thrive and weight faltering.


StatPearls, LLC requires everyone who influences the content of an educational activity to disclose relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies that have occurred within the past 24 months. Ineligible companies are organizations whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. All relevant conflict(s) of interest have been mitigated. Hover over contributor names for financial disclosures. Others involved in planning this educational activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Support: This activity has received NO commercial support.

Continuing Education Accreditation Information

In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, StatPearls, LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. StatPearls, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 continuing education credits.

Social Workers: StatPearls, LLC designates this continuing education activity for 1.00 ASWB ACE credit(s) for social workers. Social Workers should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please consult your professional licensing board for information on the applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity.

Method of Participation and Credit

  1. Register for the activity.    
  2. Review the target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

If you have concerns regarding the CE/CME system, please contact


This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Faculty may discuss investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the FDA. Readers should verify all information before employing any therapies described in this educational activity.

The information provided for this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The information presented does not necessarily reflect the views of StatPearls or any commercial supporters of educational activities on StatPearls expressly disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through a participant's misunderstanding of the content.

Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices: In accordance with FDA requirements, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA-approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.

Cancellation Policy: Please see the cancellation policy. StatPearls, LLC reserves the right to cancel any course due to unforeseen circumstances.




Jessica B. on 7/12/2021

Deborah F. on 1/21/2022

erika w. on 2/28/2022

James Brian T. on 3/6/2022

Amy T. on 5/15/2022

Donna B. on 12/12/2022

Leisa B. on 1/5/2023

Rachel H. on 3/9/2023

Francine B. on 5/27/2023

Crystal c. on 6/13/2023

aseema r. on 6/20/2023

Brooke G. on 2/3/2024

Trang N. on 3/30/2024

Anne C. on 5/6/2024

Unlimited Social Worker CE

Stay up to date on the latest medical knowledge with 221 CE activities. In these online self-assessment activities, read our reference articles and test your knowledge with more than 313 hours of CE.

1 Year Unlimited Social Worker CE

Access to all the Unlimited Social Worker CE activities.

$49 per 1 year per user