The Importance of Tracking Your Child’s Growth

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When your kids are growing rapidly, it’s hard to keep track of their changes. It is essential to keep an eye out on your kids’ development, not just mentally but also physically. There are several reasons why doctors record the height and weight for children and here’s how you could do it at home!

Normal Growth Rate

Normal growth is when your child’s height measurements over time, fall within the average range of what is expected for his or her age. Sure, some children may be taller or shorter than others, but it’s vital for their height and weight to be taken accurately and plotted over time. Usually, your child’s paediatrician would keep a record of their height and weight, but it would help if you do too. This enables you to bring it up to doctors if you suspect that there are anomalies.

Identify Underlying Issues

Too little or too much growth can be a sign of a medical problem. Inability to gain weight or a sudden growth spurt may point to many unseen issues like nutritional deficiencies, hormonal issues, infections, genetic diseases, or liver, kidney or gastrointestinal tract diseases. There are several factors to these, but changes in child’s growth are the first sign before doctors move on to another set of tests and examinations to look into the issue even further. 

Tracking Growth At Home

Parents would usually suspect growth abnormalities when their child goes to school, and they see that their kid’s peers are either taller and bigger than theirs or the opposite. However, anomalies would start way before school, and the only way to see is by tracking them early on. 

Here are some pointers on how you can do that at home:

  1. Put a book flat on the wall and then bring it down a level until the book rests on top of your child’s head.
  2. Make sure his or her eyes are looking straight ahead and are roughly even with his or her ears.
  3. Mark the height on the wall or use a growth digital growth chart and enter the height each year.
  4. For weight, a weighing scale would do well in showing your kid’s weight.

Conclusion

Keeping track of your height and weight is a step that would be extremely helpful for your doctor when it comes to plotting your child’s growth and identifying any possible health issues. To know more on how you could do this at home, click here https://pediasure.com.my/watchMeGrow/toddlers-growth