Grow Clinic for Children
Failure to Thrive (FTT) is a condition by which a child's growth and development falls short and is often attributed to malnourishment. The patient significantly lags in height or weight, falling at risk for long-term effects, including impaired motor skills or delayed learning and language skills. These are the children who are seen in BMC's Grow Clinic for Children. A sub-specialty service founded by Deborah Frank, MD, pediatrician at BMC, the Grow Clinic has been dedicated to treating FTT through a unique multidisciplinary approach for more than 30 years. More than 1,650 patients have benefited from comprehensive medical, nutritional and social services, provided by a team of physicians, dieticians, social workers and outreach workers. More than 80% of patients have shown significant improvement in their weight by the time they "graduate" from the Grow Clinic.
In addition to providing clinical services, the Grow Clinic advocates for policies that decrease the number of children in need.