Load up on calories

Poor Eaters Growth Delay 1

Load up on calories

Infants and children who are diagnosed with failure to thrive (FTT) may need up to 150% of the recommended daily caloric intake1 for their expected (not actual) weight gain. In infants this may be accomplished by concentrating formula or,during later stages of infancy, adding rice cereal to pureed foods. In toddlers, adding fat-rich foods such as cheese, butter, or oils to common toddler foods can help. Keeping toddlers on whole milk or providing whole milk yogurt is another strategy for adding calories.


  1. Krugman SD, Dubowitz H. Failure to Thrive. Am Fam Physician. 2003: 68(5):879-884.