Hi mommies, today I want to talk to you about child growth and development. Mothers have a really bad habit of always worrying about their child’s health & growth. When I was a kid, I used to get really angry with my mom for worrying about me unnecessarily. Her biggest concern has always been if I had eaten properly or not. That time it was hard for me to understand her concerns but now that I am a mother myself, I know how she felt. My child’s health is my top most priority and I try my best to make sure my child is ‘Growing Right‘. And, I’m sure it’s the same with you as well.
When I say grow right, I don’t just mean growing physically, that is, visible growth. But, it also means proper brain development. Somehow, we keep shifting our focus toward physical growth, especially in the case of infants & toddlers. Because if a child is gaining weight & height, we consider he/she is growing well. But that is not right, we need to ensure that our child is also achieving cognitive milestones.
Here are the 4 ways to ensure that your child is growing right, physically as well as mentally
During pregnancy, I read a lot of articles on child growth & development to prepare myself for the biggest responsibility of being a mother. I thought I had read it all and I was ready to take care of a new life. But I was wrong, I am learning something new every day. I’ve learned some of the most important lessons from my mommy friends. And, today I want to share my experience with you all.
We all know that food plays the most important role in a child’s growth and development. But only healthy, nutritious food and a balanced diet can help in proper bone growth. A balanced diet must contain carbohydrates, high-quality protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and fiber in the required amounts¹.
Young children don’t understand what’s nutritious and good for them, their fussy eating habits may lead to nutritional gaps which may affect their overall growth². And, that’s why I trust, Pediasure, a nutritional supplement prescribed by doctors all over the world. It is clinically proven to give visible growth in 90 days. Not just that, it also supports immunity and brain development.
Just like nutrition, physical activity is as important for the physical and mental growth of a child. And, being physically active requires energy which comes from the right blend of nutrients from food. So, the right balance of nutritious food plus physical activity ensures the right growth in young children. I would suggest limiting screen time and replacing that time with outdoor playtime for kids, it can work wonders for them.
When it comes to a child’s brain development, stimulation plays the most important part. Just like physical activity is good for visible growth, stimulation activities are essential for optimal mental growth. Babies are born with a biological need and desire to learn. And, it’s up to us how we help them in their learning phase. Stimulation acts as food for mental growth.
Another main aspect of growth and development that gets ignored easily is the right environment. It is every parent’s responsibility to provide a positive stimulatory & nurturing environment for their child.
A study by neuroscientist Audrey van der Meer shows that neurons in the brains of young children increase in both number & specialization when they are exposed to a positive and challenging environment³.
So, you see, it doesn’t take much to ensure our child’s optimal growth & development. Nutrition, physical & mental activities, and the right environment is the key to Grow Right.
Very apt and useful content for parents concerned about issues revolving around growing kids.
Thanks Vibhu, I am glad you find the content useful.
This is a very well explained post!
I had no idea that, when kids are exposed to a better environment they grow better! Thanks :)!
Thank you Zainab, I am glad you liked it.
Can I agree more buddy, nutritional needs as well as stimulation and all other parameters mentioned by you are vital and Pediasure does help in catering to the former
Thanks for stopping by, Roma
A very informative post from a mom. For overall development, right nutrition is very important.
Thank you, Deepa! Right nutrition is necessary for right growth.
My aunt has been eyeing on pediasure to use for her lil one. I have to share this with her. This will clear her doubts! 🙂
Sure, I hope it helps clear her doubts.
that’s a very helpful post for the parents for their growing kids.i agree with your points you shared in the post.
Thanks for stopping by, Khushboo
This is such a comprehensive guide to understand if a child is growing right or not. It is so true that both nutrition and physical activity have a crucial role to play in nurturing the growth of a child.
Nutrition, physical as well as mental activities and the stimulatory environment all play a crucial role in a child’s growth and development.
Not all kids grow on same rate but this could get mommies to worry. They should understand that every child has his own rate of development physically, mentally and emotionally. Nutrition plays a great role in all kind of development
Yes, it’s important to understand the growth parameters and keep a watch on physical as well as cognitive milestones.
I so agree with your pointers. It is important to keep in mind all the points when it comes kids growth. I’m definitely going to share this blog to new moms
That’s very kind of you, Prerna, thank you.
Such a helpful post for moms. Being a mother I know how important it is for us to take care of these parameters for overall growth and development of the child. Thanks for sharing.
I am glad you find it helpful. Thanks for stopping by.
I totally agree for all-round development of child they need proper nutrition, physical activity, environment, and simulations. If the child is fussy eater or has growth trouble then supplements prescribed by a doctor helps a lot. This post needs to be read by all parents who fuss over kid’s growth.
Thank you, Pragnya 🙂
Such a helpful post. All moms with growing kids should take tips from you.
I totally agree with the pointers Neha! As a mother, we always worry about our kids overall development. My daughter is missing some important milestones like height and weight because of her previous illness. I am giving her Pediasure daily. Hoping for the best!
Oh I am sure it will help.
I try to give my kid s right food and indulge in some physical activity so that they grow right
A must-read for parents with small and growing kids who are always worried about the right growth and development. The food they eat, Environment, family, friends, playing all these activities have an effect on a child’s development for sure.
Thanks for stopping by.
I am also using pediasure for my son .. By the way great tips for knowing child’s right growth ..
What a helpful post this is, it’s nice to learn that there are many areas responsible for their development overall.
Glad you find it helpful, Kim
This is a wonderful post that explains food is not the only factor that needs to be concentrated on, so that kids grow right.
Exactly, everything matters!
Good post for parents with small kids . Even I trust in Pediasure to bridge the nutritional gaps in my kids.
Glad to know that, Milan
Loved this post, Neha. Nutrition comes not just from food but from everything around us. Pediasure ensures they grow better while as parents we can give them a good and healthy environment.
Absolutely, thanks for stopping by, Varsh
My kid takes Pedicure everyday and its really good. It help in brain development too.
i totally agree with you. food play and stimulation is perfect way to ensure good growth of young body and mind.
It’s very important to nourish kids from within at this early age and even I trust pediasure for the same with my daughter.
Pediasure is full of sugar. It barely has any nutrition and has lots of additives in the name of nutrition. It can simply fill up tummy leaving no space for nutritious solids. Please don’t promote that.
Thanks for putting your point forward but let me clear a few things, Mehala. Here, I am talking about kids with picky eating habits, which means either they are not eating nutritious food offered to them or they eat very little which is not enough for their optimal growth. Fussy eaters are usually very slow in achieving growth milestones which is created due to the nutritional gap. Hence, a nutritional supplement is a good option if prescribed by the pediatrician. I have seen mothers giving empty calories to their kids, junk food, unhealthy snacks just because they feel that their child is at least eating something. I would rather choose something good if not best because nothing can be compared to healthy nutritious home made food.
I totally agree with the points mentioned as kids need to grow in each aspect not just physically but mentally too. Pediasure is nice, i would recommend to my bhabhi for her kid.
I absolutely agree with this Neha. Kids need the right environment, surroundings, nutrition, brain work to grow right.
Great pointers Neha. I have been getting a lot of good reviews about Pediasure lately and planning to start it for my girls too,
You are so right, it really is our responsibility to ensure that our children grow correctly in every aspect. I am glad you are nurturing your son in the right way.
Very well curated post Neha !! Keeping track on kids growth is really important। I also trust on pediasure and my kids just loved it’s flavour.