Non-organic Failure to Thrive: Growth Failure Secondary to Feeding-Skills Disorder

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1993 Apr;35(4):285-97. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1993.tb11640.x.


In this article the authors propose that non-organic failure to thrive (FTT) is a growth failure secondary to feeding-skills disorder, and that this disorder is neurophysiological in origin. The symptoms of feeding-skills disorder were suggestive of an oral sensorimotor impairment which is usually present from birth or early life, but tends to go unrecognized. Data from 38 infants with non-organic and 22 infants with organic FTT demonstrated that early clinical symptoms of feeding impairment, and observed maternal and infant feeding behaviours and interactions, were similar for both groups, suggesting a need to redefine the term 'non-organic'.

MeSH terms

  • Anthropometry
  • Child Development / physiology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Failure to Thrive / etiology*
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Nutrition Disorders / complications*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Maternal Behavior
  • Weight Gain