NICE Faltering Growth Quality Standard

NICE has published a quality standard for faltering growth

The faltering growth quality standard covers recognising and managing faltering growth in babies (aged up to 1 year) and preschool children (aged over 1 year). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. CGF trustee, Rachel Pidcock, was a lay member on the specialist committee and contributed towards the quality standard, the CGF was also a stakeholder in its development.

The standard aims to improve the identification, management and support related to faltering growth and focusses upon four core statements:

  1. Measurement: Babies and preschool children have their measurements plotted on a growth chart if there are concerns about faltering growth. You can download our measuring guidelines at MAKE EVERY CONTACT COUNT
  2. Feeding or eating history: Babies and preschool children have a detailed feeding or eating history taken if there are concerns about faltering growth.
  3. Management Plan: Babies and preschool children have a management plan with specific goals if there are concerns about faltering growth.
  4. Supporting breastfeeding: Mothers are supported to continue breastfeeding if their baby is given supplementation with formula because of concerns about faltering growth.

You find out more about the standard at this link: NICE Faltering Growth Quality Standard

Or, download the pdf HERE


NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. NICE quality standards draw on existing NICE or NICE-accredited guidance that provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

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