Parents' awareness in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding failure to thrive: A descriptive cross-sectional study

Saudi Med J. 2022 Dec;43(12):1383-1389. doi: 10.15537/smj.2022.43.12.20220511.


Objectives: To assess the level of parental Awareness about growth failure across all of Saudi Arabia and look into the potential influence of covariates (social and demographic) as determinants of the level of knowledge of parents, both mother and father, aged between 18 and 60, and on the national level.

Methods: A cross-sectional study involving a survey of 4,404 parents, aged between 18 and 60 years, in all administrative regions within Saudi Arabia was undertaken From March 2022 to May 2022.

Results: The majority of participants had average awareness of FTT, and differences in region, as well as in educational and professional levels, had an impact on this awareness, with participants from the western region who hold bachelor's degree and employees have a better level of awareness than others.

Conclusion: To raise awareness, the whole public, especially parents, has to be continuously informed on failure to thrive in children and how to deal with it through educational programs and awareness campaigns.

Keywords: awareness; failure to thrive; growth failure; growth faltering; parents.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Failure to Thrive*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Parents
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Young Adult