When it comes to the growth of your child, there are a couple factors to keep in mind to achieve his/her optimal adult growth potential.
Here are a few risk factors that affects growth:
Anthropometric Deficit 1
Nutritional Inadequacy 3
Feeding Issues 2
Health Conditions 3
Common types of feeding difficulties:
General Feeding Rules:
Avoid using food to reward child
End meal times after 20-30 minutes
Provide age appropriate portions
Provide 3 meals & 2 snacks to encourage appetite
Encourage independent feeding & tolerate mess
Introduce new foods every week
Encourage good behaviour and practice time-out if child misbehaves
Impact of Nutrition on Child Height
Genes play a role in determining height. But your child has the potential to grow to a mid-parental height (somewhere between how tall you and your spouse measure), and one of the factors that determines that, is nutrition1.
In the first 5 years of life, nutrition has 80% influence of growth while genetics contributes only 20%2. Thus, it is important to ensure a complete and balanced diet to prevent stunting or under-development.
A few studies in the past have made some compelling arguments for achieving optimal height:
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