Growth Delay (poor growth)

Understanding growth and weight gain/loss related symptoms and features

Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.

Symptoms which affect the growth and or weight gain/loss of an individual may also affect the ability of their body to function properly. This might affect their movement, their brain development and the other organs of their body including the heart.

Growth charts help to track a child’s physical development, including weight and height, and flag any issues or concerns. An issue with under or over growth may be the result of an underlying medical condition, or may trigger a secondary medical problem. In some cases a physical growth problem may be due to environmental factors, including under or over feeding.

Symptoms relating to physical growth may be many and wide ranging.

What is Growth Delay (poor growth)?

Growth that is delayed (slowed down). It can be identified either prior or following birth. It means very slow gains in weight and height for a child.

What should I do next?

In some instances growth or poor growth may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.

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