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Suggest remedy for delayed growth in a child

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Posted on Mon, 14 Dec 2015
Question: My 25 month old granddaughter registers as 8th percentile height and 3rd percentile weight. She is otherwise healthy and advanced in mental and motor skills. Any cause for concern?
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Answered by Dr. Arun (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
needs more protein and calories

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for writing to us.
Generally upto 3rd percentile for height and weight is acceptable within normal limits.
In your granddaughters case it is just on the borderline.
Though not a concern

I would suggest
1. Monitor height and weight monthly. If the growth curve is flattened or shows a dip it is more alarming.
If curve is growing steadily then you can relax.
2. Increase protein and calories intake. 1200 calories is required at this age. Try increasing fruit and vegetables intake for micronutrients.
3. Do a hemogram to look for any anemia which can be present in such kids.
If so you can start iron supplements.
Wishing your granddaughter good health and speedy recovery.
Regards
Dr Arun
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Suggest remedy for delayed growth in a child

Brief Answer: needs more protein and calories Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to us. Generally upto 3rd percentile for height and weight is acceptable within normal limits. In your granddaughters case it is just on the borderline. Though not a concern I would suggest 1. Monitor height and weight monthly. If the growth curve is flattened or shows a dip it is more alarming. If curve is growing steadily then you can relax. 2. Increase protein and calories intake. 1200 calories is required at this age. Try increasing fruit and vegetables intake for micronutrients. 3. Do a hemogram to look for any anemia which can be present in such kids. If so you can start iron supplements. Wishing your granddaughter good health and speedy recovery. Regards Dr Arun