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How Do I Know If My Child Is Having A Growth Spurt
Eating more often: Growth spurts happen frequently during the first year of life. Typically at 1 week, 3 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 9 months you can expect some increased feeding and growing! during this time your baby will want to eat more often at night, and may be cranky. Growth spurts generally only last a few days and then your baby's schedule will go back to normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please explain what is happening to a child whose appetite during a growth spurt is 2x his dads and will denying him more food hurt him in any way.
Growing: The child is growing and needs the fuel. Why deny him more food if he is using it well and growing? That is like not watering a plant that needs it. If you have concerns then discuss with a nutritionist and your doc. Many kids have huge appetites during growth spurts. Feed fresh foods and not junk- that helps a lot. Sounds normal at this time... ...Read more
Hormone antagonist: Sothere is a special hormone antagonist used to delay puberty. As a result, in boys, the growth plates are prevented from closing, growth progresses and this process provides more inches to the boy's height. Please consult an endocrinologist for this purpose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Age? Gender?: The age & gender are necessary to know in order to answer your question. Males grow later than females. Females have shorter growth time. Once a female has her period, growth will cease within two years. Males can grow into their late teens or 20. Growth is also remarkably hereditary, the rate & extent of growth being inherited. Diseases (kidney, etc) can play a role in growth, as well. ...Read more
What can causes a child age 4 to eat as much as 2 adults daily, with no weight gain or growth? This has been going on for months. We expected a growth spurt. That has not happened. He can get up from a meal where he will eat more than the adults, and say
You : You are correct in thinking about a growth spurt. This is usually why a child will begin to eat much more than usual. A growth spurt may only result in his feet gowing or gaining a few inches in height. Don't expect to see a dramatic change. On the other hand, polyphagia(eating excessive amounts of food) can be an early sign of juvenille diabetes. The best thing to do is have your child evaluated by his pediatrician or primary care provider. ...Read more
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