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What You Need To Know About Your Child

Is your child growing optimally? If you’re in doubt and have concerns, bring your child to a pediatrician (click here for list) to ensure that he/she is on the right track to optimal growth.

Below is a list of things your need to know before you see a pediatrician:

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Your Child’s Medical History

  • Does your child have food allergies or lactose intolerance?
  • Does your child have hereditary disorders?
  • Does your child have other health conditions?
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Feeding and Diet History

  • Who feeds your child at home?
  • Does your child feel reluctant to try new foods?
  • Does your child eat very little?
  • How many glasses of water does your child drink in a day?
  • Is your child easily distracted during mealtimes?
  • Does your child cry at the sight of food?
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Physical Activities & Personal Habits

  • Does your child engage in physical activities daily? If yes, for how long?
  • What physical activities does your child engage in?
  • How many hours does your child nap/sleep every day?
  • How many hours of screen time does he/she gets a day?
  • Is your child toilet trained?
  • Does your child wash his/her hands before and/or after using the bathroom?
  • Does your child brush his/her teeth twice a day?
  • Does your child fall sick frequently?

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Importance of measuring &
monitoring child’s growth

Be Sure. Start Early.

Growth is an important indicator of the health and nutritional status of a child. It is critical to measure AND monitor a child’s height to judge the adequacy of diets or supplementary food being given. Young children are vulnerable because of their high nutritional requirements to support growth and development. Addressing inadequacies in their nutritional intake early on reduces negative impact on their growth and development.

Height gain is a better
indicator of nutrient
intake adequacy

It indicates that the body has enough "ingredients" - nutrients from food – to successfully synthesize lean and skeletal tissues.

It also shows the body’s hormonal and metabolic functions are working efficiently, supporting the continuous growth of the brain and skeletal system.

More reliable proof of healthy growth vs. weight gain which results from adipose tissue synthesis rather than growth of lean and skeletal tissues.