Growth in Children

Children grow at different rates.Growing is an essential part of childhood. Children grow the most during fetal development, the first few years of life, and at the onset of puberty. How fast a child grows is based partly on heredity, gender and environmental factors, such as nutrition.

Growth can be affected and, sometimes, stopped by many disorders and diseases, including:

  • Low hormone levels
  • Poor diet
  • Digestive issues
  • Kidney, lung, and heart diseases  
  • Bone disorders
  • Diabetes or other blood sugar problems
  • Any severe form of a disease
  • Severe stress or emotional trauma

Growth problems can cause a child to feel self-conscious. Remind your child about his or her special qualities to help with self-esteem.

Last Updated 05/2013