Failure to Thrive


‘Failure to Thrive’ (FTT) is a term used when an infant is not able to obtain the calories required for growth or is unable to utilise the available calories for growth.

A child’s weight is used to identify the child with FTT and is based on a persistent deviation from the growth curve.

It is important to note that a one-off measurement of weight is not enough to define FTT. In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of identifying the cause of FTT and the goal of offering sufficient calories to support growth. We will also discuss the importance of iron in brain growth and development and its impact on the outcomes in FTT if not recognised earlier.

In this session, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the issues that may give rise to Failure To Thrive (FTT)
  • Identify causes of FTT
  • Recognise the relationship between the growth curve and FTT (malnutrition/obesity)
  • Acquire knowledge on how best to support families


This webinar was recorded on 31st January 2019 and is due for review from 31st January 2021.

This webinar is included in the membership.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson Time: 1 hour

About The Paediatric Nurse

Our Story

The Paediatric Nurse was founded by Brooke Batchelor, a paediatric nurse and qualified teacher, after she experienced the frustration of finding affordable and accessible continuing professional development that was relevant to her paediatric nursing practice. Through this frustration, she decided to set up an online platform that assisted paediatric nurses in meeting their continuing professional development (CPD) annual registration standard requirement, with the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia. In August 2018, The Paediatric Nurse CPD/CE platform was launched and began delivering live and recorded webinars featuring expert speakers from all over the world.

Our Vision

We believe that with access to relevant, affordable and evidence-based professional development, all members of the paediatric healthcare team can provide opportunities for children & their families to have a voice and receive care that is meets all of their needs. Our profit-for-purpose business model ensures a sustainable, long-term goal of improving paediatric healthcare experiences through programs that fund paediatric post-graduate training for nurses, funding hospital familiarisation programs and supporting play therapy programs to assist with aftercare or post-hospitalisation readjustment. We look forward to a future where children feel part of the decision making in their care and suffer no trauma related to their healthcare experience.

Our Mission

We exist so that you can receive evidence-based CPD/CE that is affordable, accessible and relevant to your practice by breaking down the barriers that prevent you from meeting with the experts. AND We exist to advocate for children in healthcare ensuring that they receive care that considers the whole child within the context of their family and the effects that the care they receive may have on their emotional wellbeing.

Our Values

  • Empowerment – by providing engaging and relevant CPD/CE opportunities, we hope to influence the future directions of paediatric healthcare in Australia • Advocacy – we take child health and protection seriously and as registered nurses, we aim to advocate for Australian children to ensure their needs and rights are met • Access – the opportunity to speak directly to the experts and access the latest in evidenced-based care • Community – we encourage the essence of community and connection by making this space just as much yours as it is ours- your suggestions are always valued! • Passionate – our love for paediatric nursing is infectious • Selfcare – when nurses look after their own health & wellbeing, their practice can soar to new heights

Our Role

  • Is an international online membership community that champions the success of paediatric nurses the world over • We provide continuing professional development (CPD) education/CE, training, resources and support for nurses via our online membership and social media channels • Helping paediatric nurses learn from world-wide experts • Inspires paediatric nurses to be leaders in their field • Provides content and resources to educate and inform paediatric nurses • Is an opinion leader and advocate on issues of importance to paediatric nurses across all communities.


Siglinde Angerer is a Registered Nurse/Midwife/Maternal Child Health Nurse with her career spanning over 37 years. Over the last 14 years Siglinde has been a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the area of Maternal and Child Health working in remote and rural locations in Australia. On top of her original nursing & midwifery qualifications, Siglinde has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Health, a Masters of Applied Science and a Masters in Professional Education and Training. Siglinde’s notable achievements in 2011-2013 include designing and setting up two successful parenting groups which focused on getting to know your infant and understanding your toddler. Siglinde also designed an additional program for families with 6 to 16-week-old infants aimed at getting to know their baby through infant massage. A fathers group was later set up to allow fathers to attend a Saturday group with their children aged birth to 3 years, with the support of a Psychiatrist, Social worker and Early childhood worker. Siglinde was a co-contributor to the ‘Baby teeth count too’ program with Dental Health Service Victoria as well as the ‘Strong women, strong babies, strong culture’ program in the Northern Territory. Siglinde was involved in designing, developing and implementing the ‘Lead testing program’ for 6 months to 5-year-old children in Mount Isa Queensland as well as the development of an e-learning program for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation on Infant massage and brain development.


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In this session, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the issues that may give rise to Failure To Thrive (FTT)
  • Identify causes of FTT
  • Recognise the relationship between the growth curve and FTT (malnutrition/obesity)
  • Acquire knowledge on how best to support families



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