At some stage in the third year of life babies tend to get about 4 pounds or 1-800 grams in weight and grow about 2 – 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) in height. Your baby’s appetite may fluctuate very at this time. It is very common. If your child is active happy and busy and you supply a lot of nutritious food he or she probably needed nutrients and there probably no cause for concern.
Although children are included in all shapes and sizes a healthy child should continue to grow at a regular pace. The doctor will measure and weigh your child at regular inspections and prepare the results on growth charts. This helps to ensure a steady pattern of growth of your child and traces of whether his or her size in a healthy range compared with other children the same age and sex.
How can I help my child to grow normally?
Normal growth supported by good nutrition adequate sleep and regular exercise is one of the best indicators of complete wellness of your child. Be aware however that a sample of your child’s growth is largely determined by genetics. Malnutrition severe enough to affect the rate of growth of the child unusual today in the United States and other developed countries if the child is not related to chronic disease or disorder. In making child with “short genes” to eat extra food, greater than the recommended amount of vitamins minerals or other nutrients will not increase his or her height.
In the doctor’s office
Despite data collected for growth charts “normal” heights and weights are difficult to define. Shorter parents for example tend to have shorter children whereas higher parents tend to have taller children. Although you may worry if your child is not as tall as his or her peers or weighs more a more important question whether your child continues to grow at a normal speed. If your child’s doctor suspects a problem such as growth rate which was normal but has recently slowed he or she may track your child’s measurements carefully over several months to determine whether the pattern of growth suggests a possible health problem or is just a change of normal.
Most children who grow up on or below the 5th percentile line on the diagram of growth usually follows one of two different samples of normal growth as follows:
If families have short height these children have inherited genes for short height of their parents. Usually one or both parents are often other relatives short. Although they are shorter than average these children grow at a normal speed and otherwise healthy not showing signs of medical problems that may affect growth. They are generally composed of puberty in middle age and reach the final adult height similar to that of their parents. Generally no treatment of these children is not recommended or as known is effective in substantially increasing their final adult height.
Although they usually have an average size in early infancy these children are the period of slower than average growth between 6 months and 2 years of age causing them to fall to the 5th percentile or lower on the growth charts? After about age 2 or 3 years children with constitutional delay of growth will grow at a normal rate of childhood until they reach puberty and are subject to growth spurts at a later age than most other teenagers. Because they start puberty later they continue to grow after the majority of teenagers stopped thus “overtaking” of their peers in final adult height. Usually there is a family history of this type of growth pattern and in general there is no need in any form of processing.
If your child’s doctor finds that your child is growing too slowly tests can be ordered to determine whether that was due to medical or genetic condition that would be faced with growth. Make sure to discuss any problems that you have about your child’s growth or development of your child’s doctor.