Treatments for Slow Weight Gain in Infants and Children in Children

At Children’s Hospital Boston, we use a multidisciplinary approach to care for children with slow weight gain. After a comprehensive and focused assessment (covered above under Tests), our Growth and Nutrition Program team will work with you and your child’s primary care provider to develop a long-term plan of action.

The first step would be to treat any underlying medical conditions. This treatment would be carried out as part of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that would also include nutritional advice aimed at improving your child’s caloric intake and quality of their diet, and counseling to encourage positive mealtime behaviors.

Should these measures prove ineffective at putting your child’s weight on a good trajectory, we would consider other, more aggressive forms of nutritional support, such as a feeding tube.