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Letters Failure to thrive

Head circumference is useful in assessing weight gain in babies who fail to thrive

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 17 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6917
  1. Martin W English, paediatric oncologist1
  1. 1Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham B4 6NH, UK
  1. martin.english{at}

Parents often worry about their baby’s poor weight gain. Most are healthy, and Shields and colleagues offer practical advice about when to refer for further investigations.1

I suggest a simple additional examination and …

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