Is my child’s growth pattern on mark?

Maria Montessori once stated, “Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements.”

And isn’t it true? Our children grow from infancy to toddlerhood to pre-schooler and so on, and each activity they do in their respective stages is fascinating for parents to watch and relish for a lifetime.

But, being a parent also has its share of worry. We mothers, especially, tend to be paranoid about our children growing right as per their age, whether they are achieving all the milestones, especially in comparison to other kids of the same age. We also worry whether they are healthy enough to combat the increasing diseases and growth issues.

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Our growth story:

As a mom, I often worried if my son was eating right, getting all the right nutrients and whether it was enough; but thanks to some counselling by a good expert, Google searches and suggestions from mom communities, I could figure out better ways to feed him and he started to gain some height and weight.

It was during that period, I got to know about the Growth Charts and its importance.

Previously, I used to randomly look at the growth chart given to us by Ayaansh’s pediatric without realizing how important it was, and the child’s necessity to hit the right mark, it’s implications if the child’s growth in early years was inadequate.

So, what is Growth and Development?

In simple words, Physical growth is an increase in size. Development is growth in function and capability.

Both processes highly depend on genetic, nutritional, and environmental factors.

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Why is a Growth Chart relevant?

A growth chart is a guide that helps you and your paediatrician to track the child’s height and weight over time, thereby allowing us to monitor the physical growth in comparison to other kids of the same age and gender.

Boys and girls have separate growth charts, as boys on average tend to be slightly heavier and taller than girls.

Growth Chart:

It is important to measure & monitor our children’s growth as the first 6 years are considered as critical growth years. A growth chart helps in detecting nutritional and other health issues that might be overlooked if our children don’t fall sick.

So, keeping a track of my son’s growth in the growth chart made me feel self-assured that my child was on-track. As Ayaansh grew, I again began to wonder if he was getting adequate nutrition. Or if I needed to give him supplements to boost his growth and metabolism.

My paediatrician had then recommended PediaSure with 37 nutrients which was scientifically proven to show visible growth in 90 days. PediaSure also ensured bone growth and reduced the chances of infection in children. The effects of this trusted health supplement were clearly visible, as my son became more active physically and mentally. His immunity improved, his concentration increased and he was healthier than before. Finally, as a mother, I could heave a sigh of relief, as a glass of milk with PediaSure ensured my child has met his daily nutritional requirements.

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Last year, when I came across the Grow Right Charter formulated by health experts by PediaSure, I was intrigued to take a look at it. It offered a plethora of information and tips to mothers in nurturing and nourishing our children physically, mentally and emotionally.

Recently when I came to know that one in three children don’t grow as per their age, I looked up the #GrowRight Charter to ensure that my child’s health is on track. Hence, last December, when I gave birth to my second baby – Hridaan, I made a promise to mark and track his growth from the very beginning.

Growth Tracker by Abbott’s PediaSure
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The Grow Right Tracker by Abbott’s PediaSure is indeed the #FirstStepToGrowRight as it’s an effective and easy-to-use tool to understand the growth pattern of children until 6 years of age. Backed by science and with simple inputs like gender, age, weight and height, this GrowRight tracker provides us a relative progress of our children vis-à-vis an average child and allows us to make necessary changes to the diet and lifestyle of our children. The added benefit is that we can download and carry the report to our pediatrician to discuss the growth trends of our child.

For Ayaansh, I have taken up the challenge of 90-day journey with PediaSure. So, if you are wondering how to ensure growth pattern is on mark in kids in India, I urge you all to monitor your child’s growth by using PediaSure’s GrowRight tracker and take the necessary steps to ensure a healthy well-being of your child.

The opinions expressed in this post are the personal views of the author. They do not reflect the views of any brand. Any omissions or errors at the author’s end does not assume any liability or responsibility on any party mentioned in the blog.

40 thoughts

  1. It’s so important to keep a watch on kids growth according to their height and age, I am glad you shared this with so ease to understand!!

  2. As parents, we have to keep an eye on our kid’s growth and development. Having a tracker always helps. Especially for the first timers, its of a big help.

  3. It is very important to keep track of a child’s growth. I will definitely do so in the future when i have kids ☺️

  4. The growth tracker from Pediasure looks an easy tool to measure your child’s growth at home only. Will check this one.

  5. It’s really important to track kids growth during their growing age and we are really happy that we have this tracker

  6. pediasure’s grow right tracker sounds like a great option for parents to track growth of their kids. will surly check more about this for tracking growth of my both girls. thanks a lot dear for sharing all details. indeed it is useful.

  7. Your post makes me realise that it must have been quite a task for my mother to bring up the 3 of us. It’s a full time work keeping track of your child’s healthy growth. Kudos for this detailed post.

  8. Tracking your child’s growth is very essential especially for the first 6years. A Tracker always helps first-time parents at least.A well detailed post on nutrients.

  9. Tracking a child’s growth is important for every parent. I remember me worrying when my kids were young about their skinny profile. My pediatrician had explained the growth chart and helped assuage my fears.

  10. Most if not all moms are indeed paranoid about the growth of their child and always worry about their diet and development. I think it is really important to track the growth and development in a systematic and scientific manner, so issues if any can be correctly addressed.

  11. After reading this article the book that came into my mind which read recently is Speak-A-Boo: Glimpse into Toddlers’ Brains . Try It I am sure you will love

  12. Pedisure is a trusted brand and it’s growth tracker looks very good for tracking child’s growth. Till 6 year of age child’s growth is of utmost important for a parent.

  13. I totally agree with you initial years of a child life are very crucial and if we do not monitor those then it affects the nutrition in the child body. Very informative post.

  14. it is so important to keep tracking their growth to check if they are growing properly. i check my sons height and weight every fortnight.

  15. It’s very important to track your child growth and this pediasure growth scale seems very easy to check and help in keep track. Where do we get these growth tracker.

  16. I am glad that Pediasure has made this growth chart available to parents. A growth chart is the most scientific way of checking if the child’s growth is along expected norm. Remedy can be done once a lag is detected.

  17. Tracking child’s growth and height is very necessary to know if he is getting all the nutritional values or not . Your views are helpful in this case.

  18. You have nicely penned down about a crucial band important topic. It’s really very important for parents to track child’s height and weight regularly, especially when they are in early age.

  19. I am not a mother yet :p but these tips are really important and will help me in future. I will share this others. As you have really mentioned important things here.

  20. As a parent it is indeed very important to keep a check on the proper growth and development of your child and growing years. Thank you for introducing the tracker I’m sure it will be very helpful

  21. This was quite informative and detailed post for all the parents. Keeping a track of our child’s growth is indeed important. I am going to give try to this growth tracker now.

  22. A growth tracker is very necessary for us, parents. I really liked the information in the post. It is very helpful

  23. I keep a tab on my kids growth with pediasure growth tracker and also pediasure itself is a great boost for their nutritional intake. We moms can never stop worrying but we have some great solution like pediasure to our rescue.

  24. It’s so important to keep a watch on kids growth .Every mother is worried about her childs growth but don’t know what’s right to follow . I m glad you shared this with so ease to understand!!

  25. I am glad that Pediasure came up with this idea of a growth tracker , this was so far limited only to pediatricians. It is valuable tool to assess a child’s health and right growth.

  26. I love how clearly and in detail you have explained the growth tracker. This tracker has helped me a lotto understand the right parameters to check the growth and development of our little ones.

  27. Growth tracker gives you. the understanding of the nutritional requirement of your child and gives you the comfort of designing the diet of your child accordingly. Loved your post.

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