GROWTH AND DITE MANAGMENT
Children come in all shapes and sizes. But if you're noticing that your child is shorter or smaller than their friends at school, it's natural to wonder: Is my child growing normally?
Slowed growth is not just a physical issue, it could also impact learning and development if the child is not getting the right nutrition. And it’s important to recognize that there are a lot of things that can affect a child's height and growth rate.
Physicians use pediatric growth charts to plot individual growth patterns and compare them to large-scale population data to make sure that a child is on track with their development. Any sizeable dip in your child's growth pattern may warrant a conversation with a pediatrician.
By staying proactive, though, you can spot signs of slowed growth in your child — and help them catch them up to their potential through a balanced diet that includes important nutrients to support growth.
Nutrition to Support Growth
Slowed growth doesn't have to be permanent, with kids as old as three and four years successfully catching up through nutritional intervention and dietary counseling.
Here are five ways to make sure your child is growing healthy, strong and on track.