Reasons Why Your Child Isn't Growing
As a parent you may be wondering why your child is lagging behind others and is not growing. They may be literally looking up to all of their peers, which might make you wonder, is something wrong?
If your child is growing more slowly than others around them, here are some possible reasons why:
First of all, if your child is not able to gain weight adequately, then it is going to be harder for them to grow taller. Growth requires adequate amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. With an inadequate intake of calories and nutrients, your child’s body will not be able to grow to its fullest potential.
Some foods that are super helpful in aiding growth and development are:
- Variety of fruits and vegetables
To know if your child has poor weight gain, looking at their weight compared to their height is very important. The body mass index chart for children can give you an indication of whether or not their weight and height are proportional.
Although poor weight gain can be caused by an insufficient intake of calories, there may be some medical conditions that prevent the proper absorption of calories and nutrients or that may affect metabolism. But, these conditions generally have more symptoms than just poor growth. For example, digestive disorders will also display additional symptoms such as chronic diarrhea, vomiting, or other gastrointestinal disturbances. When your child is not growing as expected for his/ her age, it is important to ask their pediatrician for an evaluation.
Keep in Mind: When looking at your child’s weight, a consistent pattern of weight loss is more concerning than a single decline. For example, often times toddlers can lose weight when they start walking and become active, but quickly make up for it by eating more. However, seeing a pattern of weight loss could be a reason for concern.
As previously mentioned, there are several medical disorders that can influence the stature of your child.
Here are just a few that can influence growth:
Growth Hormone Deficiency might be a cause of your child’s slow growth. The pituitary gland in the brain is responsible for controlling growth. However, if the pituitary gland is damaged or malfunctioning, then your child’s body will not be receiving the proper signals to grow.
Hypothyroidism affects the growth of your child as the thyroid fails to make sufficient amounts of hormones which are essential for normal bone growth.
Cushing’s Syndrome is a disorder of the adrenal glands resulting in an over secretion of cortisol, which decelerates or even arrests growth.
Turner Syndrome is a genetic condition in girls when there is a missing or abnormal X chromosome. Girls with this condition will have short stature and also might have problems with normal sexual development
Other conditions that can seriously affect the stature of your child are usually diagnosed when your child is in utero or just after they are born. These conditions include bone dysplasia, Russell Silver Syndrome, or undetermined causes of Intrauterine Growth Retardation.
Children who are not growing because of poor nutrition and not due to medical conditions can be easily treated by improving their diet.
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