Wellness - Growth | 0-12 yrs

Stunted Growth In Children


Normal growth in children depends on factors like genetics, hormone production and nutrition. If parents have short height or have experienced stunted growth, it is highly probable that their children will also have height issues. Hypothyroidism (a deficiency of the thyroid hormone) can result in stunted growth in children. Delayed puberty or illness involving the liver, kidneys or the connective tissues can also cause short height and stature in children. Late onset of puberty may also delay growth. But it often only results in constitutional growth delay. Medically, it means that children will grow with normal height but with some delays. Lack of sleep and stress can also affect hormone production. In some cases, medical experts believe these can also be factors leading to delayed or stunted growth in children.

According to actigenomics.com, ‘Nutritional deficiencies resulting from malnutrition are a leading cause of stunted growth. However, these deficiencies may not only result from food scarcity and poverty. Failure to absorb nutrients and energy from food, even in sufficient amount, will also eventually lead to impaired growth.’

A diet rich in calcium and all necessary nutrients is essential for optimum development of children. Physical activities may also aid growth in children. Malnutrition can also affect hormone production in children. Therefore, it is really important for parents to consult with the doctor if they notice any growth delays in children. Timely treatment can help children avoid growth delays.

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Growth Failure In Children: Causes

Normal growth is the result of several factors, such as nutrition, genetics, and hormones. Here are some possible causes of growth failure.

What Stunts Growth And What Helps Your Child Grow

You don’t want your child’s natural growth process to be slowed or interrupted, so it’s important to know some things that do just that.

Malnutrition, A Leading Cause Of Children's Stunted Growth

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The Role Of Sanitation In Stunted Growth

In countries such as India, for instance, stunting occurs even among well-fed children, and that’s led investigators to consider other causes, especially poor sanitation and hygiene.

Can Lack Of Sleep Stunt Your Child's Growth?

A single night of no sleep will not stunt growth. But over the long term, a person's growth may be affected by not getting the full amount of sleep.

Can Lifting Weights When Young Stunt Your Growth?

Weight lifting stunting the growth of children and adolescents are outdated and misleading. Instead, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly allow them to achieve their maximal height.

Myth: Drinking Coffee Can Stunt A Child's Growth

After decades of research on the physiological results of coffee consumption, there is no evidence that it has any effect on height.

Is My Child Short?

Many parents have concerns about their child's height. Read the answers to these frequently asked questions and learn what growth to expect from your child.

Height - Weight Chart

Children are not meant to get fatter and fatter, but bigger overall. Getting taller is also included in the growth pattern of the baby. The baby's length will change much more slowly than the weight.

How To Increase Height Naturally?

Height plays an important role in determining the overall look and personality of an individual. Here's how you can help your child get taller naturally.

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