Carol Berkowitz, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.E.P., lead investigator at LA BioMed and Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, has been at the helm of LA BioMed’s “Failure to Thrive” program and clinic for more than 30 years. “Failure to Thrive” (FTT) is a term commonly used to refer to children who are unable to gain weight and grow (within normal range) as expected, and who have a weight that is below the normal growth chart (the 5th percentile) for their age.
In the early 1980s, Dr. Carol Berkowitz came across a large number of children who were malnourished, some of whom were also victims of child abuse and/or neglect. These encounters were the catalyst for the “Failure to Thrive” program and clinic, where Dr. Berkowitz has assembled a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, pediatric nurse practitioners, nutritionists, and occupational/physical therapists to help evaluate and treat these children with the highest level of quality care. The clinic treats approximately 400 children each year.
Berkowitz cites a variety of causes that could contribute to failure to thrive among children: conditions with the gastrointestinal system, chronic illness, intolerance of milk or formula, infections, metabolic disorders, poor nutrition, and environmental factors.
Source: LA BioMed