Is your child rooted in the front row of every class picture with the smaller kids? You may wonder, ‘is my child growing normally’? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. It is common for parents to feel a bit anxious about seeing their child growing slowly in comparison to other kids of similar age. All you need to do is identify the problem at right time and take necessary steps to help your child grow to his or her full potential.
During infancy and childhood, there are many important physical and developmental changes that take place. During this time, a baby’s brain and body grow at a tremendous rate. In fact, the head size at two years of age is about 80 percent of the adult size and by four months of age, babies usually weigh twice as much as their birth weight. By one year of age, the average baby will likely weigh about three times as much as at birth.
During the toddler years, the growth rate slows to a steady pace and your baby’s adorably chubby arms, legs, and belly slim down. Puberty is the second big growth spurt in a child’s life, with the largest height gains between the ages of 10 and 14 for girls and 12 and 16 for boys.
Please keep in mind that these are just averages and there are some babies who will grow at faster rates while others grow at slower rates. Therefore, it is important for you to understand that each child is unique. You should not compare one child to another.
There are several reasons why a child may not be growing as fast as his or her classmates or siblings. These reasons can range from genetics to poor nutrition to certain diseases, e.g. conditions affecting the digestive system including gastroesophageal reflux (GER), chronic diarrhea, cystic fibrosis, chronic liver disease, and celiac disease. It may even be that a child’s body is sensitive to certain foods, which is called as food intolerance. For example, milk protein intolerance means the body can't absorb foods that have milk proteins, such as yogurt and cheese, which could lead to failure to thrive.
Sometimes, parents don’t pay enough attention to their children’s hunger cues or can’t afford enough food for their children leading to poor growth issues. You would be surprised to know that more than one-third of the world's malnourished children live in India!
Even changes in current societies are affecting childhood experiences. Busy families cooking at homeless and eating out more, kids spending less time actively playing outside, and more time watching TV, playing video games, many schools eliminating or cutting back their physical education programs – all these factors hamper natural growth in children and disconnects them from the natural world.
That is why it is so important to talk to a doctor the moment you suspect there may be something wrong with the way your child is growing. You can visit us and contact our team to take homeopathic help for your child health issues. Our team at Dr. Batra's ™ comprises of experienced homeopaths trained in pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition, and psychology.
Knowing that each child and family is unique, we take a holistic approach and always consider growth, physical and emotional development, and age-related social issues as we develop the homeopathic treatment plan with you. With homeopathy, you do not have to worry about side-effects of medicines. They are completely safe for children of all ages and are made up of natural sources like plants and minerals. In the long run, homeopathic medicines improve the immunity and decrease the tendency of infections in children. Homeopathic medicines also enhance food absorption in children naturally.