Growth Rate in Children

May 17, 2011 · Posted in Touchless Hygiene Systems 

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Parents of newborns can’t help but feel excited whenever their babies show signs of physical development, like growth by the inches, increase in weight, and more. But how do parents actually know if their children are growing normally and properly?

Growth refers to the increase in weight and height and other bodily changes as a child’s physical development progresses. This also includes teeth and hair growth.

During first year of life, babies on average grow 10 inches in length and weigh triple than what they did when they were born. After turning a year old, babies’ growth slows down, only to continue when they turn two. Average annual growth of a child after turning 2 years old is about 2.5 inches. This continues until adolescence. However, parents must remember that there’s no child with absolutely steady growth rate.

Growth rate increases once the child reaches puberty. For girls, that’s ages 8 to 13, and for the boys, that’s ages 10 to 15. This growth spurt can be attributed to their sexual development. With growth during puberty comes hair growth in the underarms, development and growth of sexual organs, and start of menstruation for the girls.

When girls reach the age of 15, and boys the age of 16 or 17, puberty-driven growth is most likely to end, and physical maturity is reached.

During checkups, doctors measure a child’s growth rate by getting the child’s weight and height measurements and comparing the figures with a growth chart. This chart can help the doctor know whether the child is growing at a normal rate, or if there may be some problems.

For parents to help their kids grow at a normal rate, they should have their children get enough rest. Kids need about 10-12 hours of sleep a day. Parents should also make sure that their children get enough nutrition. Letting kids eat a balance diet will help them achieve their full growth potential. Exercise is also important. Obesity should be avoided. Children must be encouraged to do physical activities like biking and hiking.

When children are still on their growth stage, parents need to make sure that they’re armed with tools that can make them do simple things that only a full-grown adult can, like washing hands or brushing teeth. Step stools are there to help the children reach the sink, table top, or the book shelf. When choosing step stools, parents need to consider quality, sturdiness, and safety. One great example is Kidz Step, a step stool that’s slip proof and sturdy enough that it can support up to 600 lbs of weight. And since Kidz Step is durable, even adults can use it. It can also be passed onto the next child. Each unit can last for generations. It is one wise investment to have in every home.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Mark and Allegra

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