Failure to Thrive

A Critical Review
  • Juliana Rasic Lachenmeyer
  • Herman Davidovicz
Part of the Advances in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ACCP, volume 10)


Failure to thrive (FIT) is a syndrome used to describe infants and children up to age 4 who show weight loss or difficulties in gaining weight with an overall weight below the third percentile for the appropriate age group (Roberts & Maddux, 1982). These children usually show general feeding difficulties, such as food refusal, spitting up, vomiting, or diarrhea.


Oral Feeding Esophageal Atresia Maternal Deprivation Central Nervous System Dysfunction Clinical Child Psychology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliana Rasic Lachenmeyer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Herman Davidovicz
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFairleigh Dickinson UniversityTeaneckUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, North Shore University HospitalCornell University Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Child Neuropsychology Section, Division of NeurologyNorth Shore University HospitalManhassettUSA

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