Every child is special and a blessing for their parents. From the news of conception to the moment when we hold them the very first time, the baby’s right growth is our key priority. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months makes sure the baby gets whole nutrition from mother’s milk. So far so good, but the main tussle begins when they start with the solid food. It is the real test of patience for every mother to understand and focus on the right growth parameters in children.

Why do mothers need to understand the right growth parameters of growing children?

right growth parameters 
the growth parameters of baby

I have often read mothers asking questions related to their child’s growth in mom community groups on social media networks. Almost every second mother is fighting a battle with a fussy eating kid/s at home. This is one area, where we feel helpless and out of ideas but it is directly proportionate to the child’s growth.

Unhealthy eating habits, dependency on junk food, picky eating, are some of the major causes of lack of nutrition in the kids these days. More so because we inadvertently give in to these demands due to lack of time or our own convenience.

What are these #GrowRight tips?

I recently got an opportunity to learn first-hand the information on the Grow Right tips by Abbott organized in Mumbai. The idea behind this session was to bring an understanding among the mothers on the right growth patterns in children.

Every child is different, so are their growth patterns and eating habits. Pediatrician Dr. Sameer Dalwai explained how mothers often get carried away by feeding kids out of habit/compulsion instead of need.

He further emphasized on ‘gaga over growth’ syndrome among over-concerned parents. According to the #GrowRight tips – “The average growth of a child from the age of two till the growth spurt at puberty continues at a rate of approximately 6–8 cm per year, and 2 kg per year, however, every child has his/her own pace of growth which may vary.”

We must respect the pace at which the child is growing, keeping the standard milestones in view without pushing for them. So, unless it is required and the child is really hungry, feeding him/her will only result in him disliking the food permanently or lead to obesity.

The Grow Right tips covers the 4 critical areas – 

Monitoring the Growth

monitoring the growth parameters

Monitoring growth is an important aspect of understanding the nutritional intake during the first six years. Growth charts are used widely as a standard part of the check-up, and experts can compare results to identify any gaps. These charts allow doctors to assess the right growth parameters in terms of weight, height, age, etc.

It is of vital importance to identify these gaps early and act on the nutritional deficiency on time. Growth monitoring helps us detect irregular growth patterns, in terms of weight and height in accordance with the age. The chances of these irregularities going unnoticed are higher if not monitored at regular intervals.

Bridging the nutritional gap

We all agree that nutritious food is the prime source of health and immunity in kids. However, when they do not accept this healthy homemade food, the whole idea gets defeated resulting in an imbalanced growth. Physical and mental capabilities are highly dependent on nutritional intake during growing years. Hence, it is of prime importance to feed healthy and nutritious food to the children.

Dr. Mukesh Sanklecha touched upon the unhealthy patterns in child behaviour like lack of focus, or mood tantrums. The habit of having distractions while eating or providing umpteen options for satiating hunger is taking away the joy of eating.

Kids must be involved in the process of nutrition says health enthusiast and celebrity mom Mrs. Lara Dutta Bhupati. She makes sure to involve her daughter in this process and also gets the chance to spend quality time with her.

Lara Dutta #GrowRight charter Abbott

Bringing up a child is a challenge, but taking right care of their health, growth, and nutrition can be quite overwhelming. We should focus on what is right, especially the right growth parameters. All we need is the right guidance, better understanding, and best in class assistance from industry experts like Pediasure which is summarized into ‘Grow Right tips.’

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58 Comments

Anita Singh · September 2, 2019 at 9:39 pm

Bahut hi useful information hai 👍👍 bitiya ko bhi share karungi 😊

Vartika Gakhar · September 4, 2019 at 3:09 pm

A very useful post, Dipika. As parents, We are always concerned about our kid’s growth and nutrition and should be aware of what is right for them.

    Blairvillanueva · September 11, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Thank you for sharing these valuable information. I may have no kid yet, but knowing this could help to communicate better with other kids.

Pragnya Mishra · September 4, 2019 at 6:31 pm

As a parent, we often access our actions. Are we feeding them right is top concern for many. Informative post, Dipika.

    Gurjeet Chhabra · September 7, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Even I struggle with my kids to give healthy food and also started giving pedisure

Misha Jain · September 5, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Very Informative post as ever.. Having twins we always used to compare their own growths only and never really knew such insights

    Deepika · September 6, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Physical and mental growth of a kid is the biggest concern as a parent. Are they growing right? Are they eating right are the questions always grab our attention.

      Elizabeth O · September 10, 2019 at 2:16 am

      I totally agree. The growth varies from child to child. Let them play and feed them healthy.

ujjwal mishra · September 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Yes the biggest worry every mom has is that is the child growing right, is the nutrition right. In this I trust my pead, if he is cool with the parameters i don’t fuss much about it.

Ruchi Verma · September 5, 2019 at 9:27 pm

It’s the toughest job to tackle fussy eaters but this was an insightful event..Glad to be a part of this!!

Roshan Radhakrishnan · September 5, 2019 at 10:24 pm

Very apt advice… most parents tend to just take things blindly when it comes to raising the child but there are actually well researched parameters and indicators which help in determining various factors related to growth and development.

Beyond a point, the damage done can be irreparable.

Matheikal · September 6, 2019 at 10:50 am

Bringing up children is an art as well as a science. You’ve offered wonderful tips.

Dr.Amrita Basu · September 6, 2019 at 12:22 pm

The right balace of right nutrition is the best way to help children grow right.As parents we always want to do the right thing.

Shilpa Garg · September 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm

These growth parameters are the right way to ensure all round growth and development of a child. And nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. What a child eats has a great impact on his overall health – both physically as well as mentally.

Noor Anand Chawla · September 6, 2019 at 6:25 pm

Making sure that our children receive the right nutrition is such a tough task. Very informative post.

    Charu · September 7, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    This was such an informative event . Learnt so many tips for my own fussy eater kids

    Monidipa Dutta · September 13, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Good nutrition is important for a child to grow appropriately and live a healthful life. Childhood sets us up for adulthood. As a child grows, they form the ideas and habits that will serve them as an adult. We obviously want our children to be healthy, free from sickness, and, certainly, without any growth issues.

      gleefulblogger · September 19, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      You are right, thank you for stopping by.

Tina Basu · September 7, 2019 at 8:57 am

Knowing and monitoring right growth parameters in kids is quite important. Sometimes not all kids grow similarly, and some kids are fussy eaters. Supplementing with something rich in nutrients and growth essentials help.

Snehalata Jain · September 7, 2019 at 12:01 pm

It’s really an important article and topic for all Parents.Nutritional food and supplement are most essential for proper growth of our children.

MeenalSonal · September 8, 2019 at 6:24 am

Yes growth in right manner is sole concern of parents. Very informative post for all the concerned parents.

Varsh · September 8, 2019 at 8:02 am

You’ve put it all so well, Dips. As parents we feel concerned but with incomplete information we end up doing things the wrong way. Loved this #GrowRight concept.

Roma · September 8, 2019 at 8:06 am

Thorough and insightful post Dipika. I have a buddy eater so I could relate to it totally.

Amrit kaur · September 8, 2019 at 10:58 am

it is necessary for parents to monitor the growth of their kids. Parents need to keep a check on the growth and right nutrition along with it.

Egbuachor Anthony · September 9, 2019 at 9:26 pm

Umm… I know nothing about child growth before now, maybe because I’m still single 😀. But your post has thought me a lot. Thanks so much

    gleefulblogger · September 9, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Glad to know you liked the post, and found it interesting.

Marjie Mare · September 10, 2019 at 8:40 am

This is a very informative post. As parents, we need all the tips to help us raise our kids.

Syed Shams-uz-Zoha Naqvi · September 10, 2019 at 11:44 am

Excellent and wholesome information for growing children well. This is valuable not just for parents but for all those who may have an interest in the topic.

Joanna · September 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm

I do agree that no child is the same and every one has it’s own development. It is important for parents not to compare to others and just understand that each child grows differently.

    gleefulblogger · September 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Absolutely, every child has their own needs and growth milestones. Thank you.

Serena Rogers · September 11, 2019 at 2:20 am

I was so worried about my boy getting enough nutrition, after stopping breast feeding! But now he eats everything and worry less. Thank you for sharing.

    gleefulblogger · September 12, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Glad to know about it, thank you for stopping by.

Hackytips · September 11, 2019 at 3:52 am

This is very helpful! Raising child really needs skill and patience.

Lorita · September 11, 2019 at 4:29 am

Great informative post for those parents with children. Thanks for sharing

Kimmy · September 11, 2019 at 5:20 am

Great information here. Healthy growth and development is so important with children.

    gleefulblogger · September 12, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    yes, it absolutely is. Thank you for stopping by.

Poorna Banerjee · September 11, 2019 at 4:05 pm

growth monitoring is supremely important, especially during the first 6 months.

    gleefulblogger · September 12, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    For the first 2 years, it is very crucial period actually. Thank you for stopping by.

aisasami · September 11, 2019 at 7:42 pm

What to feed your children to make your children grow right is very important. Very interesting initiative. I hope it can grow!

    gleefulblogger · September 12, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you for appreciating, glad you stopped by.

Streamed TV Fan · September 12, 2019 at 12:56 am

A very interesting read. My children’s eating habits are like a Sine graph and I’ve finally figured out that it’s connected to their growth spurt. I’m much more relaxed now.

    gleefulblogger · September 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Glad to know about that you are relaxed. Thank you for stopping by.

Arun Dahiya · September 12, 2019 at 2:20 am

As a kindergarten teacher and graduate in developmental psychology , I have learnt about these growth pattern in childhood and what a crucial role they play.

    gleefulblogger · September 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Glad you shared that, there is definitely a relation between these two.

Rudy Stankowitz · September 12, 2019 at 5:56 am

I think it’s interested that a connection between growth rates and nutrition had not been considered years ago 🤷‍♂️

    gleefulblogger · September 12, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Actually yes, but probably due to that reason many growth related ailments also went by unnoticed. Thanks for stopping by.

Aanya Jain · September 14, 2019 at 2:01 pm

It is so informative. My cousins, who are know mothers, I see them struggling and trying out new things. And then I get to know how important is nutritional growth. This is surely going to help so many.

    gleefulblogger · September 19, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Glad you said that. Thank you so much.

Puja · September 15, 2019 at 10:07 am

Sounds like a great event. It is important to focus of children’s nutrition right from the beginning.

    gleefulblogger · September 19, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you Puja, glad you like the coverage.

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