MEASURING TODDLER’S GROWTH CORRECTLY

Your Mismeasurements Could Be Costing Your Toddler Rapid Growth.

Measuring Toddler's Growth Correctly

Common ways to measure toddler growth:

Fluctuating weight scale — taking readings of your child’s weight from a home scale varies in accuracy and is not a complete measure of growth. Your child may put on weight in spurts, lose weight in sickness, or gain weight by snacking often during the holidays. These are not necessarily true indications of growth (or lack thereof).

BETTER WAYS TO MEASURE GROWTH:

 
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Step 1:

Mid-Parental Height

Discover your child’s maximum adult height potential using PediaSure’s Height Predictor by inputting your child’s date of birth, gender, current height and weight, as well as your height and your spouse’s height. Genetically, your child should at least achieve his/her height potential based on your and your spouse’s height. Other growth motivating factors like nutrition, physical activity, sleep and immunity will help boost growth further.

Adapted from a 2007 WHO Reference, the tool produces two growth curves representing: Maximum Growth Potential and Predicted Adult Height. The difference between Predicted Adult Height and Maximum Growth Potential reveals whether your child is really getting the nutrition he/she needs.

 
 
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Step 2:

Bring Your Child to Consult a Prediatrician

See a pediatrician to measure and track your child’s growth at least twice a year. The paediatrician will be able to identify if your child is growing optimally and suggest solutions to promote catch-up growth through regular growth tracking and plotting on a growth chart.

 
 
 

Click here to go to the Height Predictor

 

The First Five Years is the Growth Window Opportunity for Every Toddler

Every year, as a parent, you must evaluate how your child is fairing against his/her potential growth trajectory. You must hold on to this vision of them thriving, being happy, and having a healthy future. Providing them all the resources they need to get to where they need to be. Height is an important indicator of long-term nutrient adequacy, and 60% of adult height is achieved in a toddler’s first five years. Early intervention is crucial in order to maximize your toddler’s growth potential.