Understanding and dealing with a child’s changing body and mind from birth to adolescence.
Growth is…
From the time parents see their newborn, they watch the baby’s development eagerly, anticipating every inch of growth along the way. Physical growth in a child focuses mainly on the increase in height and weight along with other bodily changes that Takes place as a child grows. Hair starts growing; teeth appear, fall and reappear; and eventually puberty hits. It’s a part of a normal growth process.
Normal growth…
During the first year in a child’s life babies , on an average, grow 10 inches (25 centimeters) in length and almost three times their birth weight.
Considering the rapid growth that happens then, parents are usually surprised when their child’s growth doesn’t continue in the same manner after the first year of birth. No parent can experience the same growth rate in a child after the first year. After one year, a baby’s growth in length slows noticeably, by the 2nd year, growth in height continues usually at a steady pace of approximately 2½ inches (6 centimeters) per year until adolescence.
Beginning from birth, kids usually visit a pediatrician for regular checkups, during which records of height and weight compared to that of other children of similar age will be recorded on a Height Chart. This valuable tool can help determine if a child is growing at an appropriate rate.
Parental support…
To ensure that a child grows and develops normally, parents can follow some ‘Critical to kids’ health and wellness rules:• Sufficient rest: Sleep patterns are unique to each child, an average kid needs up to 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night. This gives growing bodies the rest needed for a normal growth.• Adequate nutrition: A diet consisting of essential vitamins and minerals will enable children to reach the maximum growth potential.• Proper exercise: It must be made sure that kids exercise regularly. This will help maintain a healthy weight and height.
Keeping records of a child’s growth and drawing attention to height, should be a cautious procedure it will otherwise make children loose self- esteem. Creative tools like personalized wooden ruler height chart which focuses on the growth of an individual child’s development is a great way to go.
It must be taken into consideration that children grow and develop in different rates, and eventually catch up. If there are noticeable concerns, a pediatrician can be consulted for a thorough investigation on the child’s growth along with the family history. This will then indicate if there is a medical condition affecting the child’s growth.