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What should you do when your child’s growth has slowed down?

Dr. Shipra Mathur - Paediatrician


Dec 28, 2017 | 3 : 00 PM to 4 : 15 PM

The growth of a child depends on several factors – a good nutritious diet, regular exercise, daily dose of sleep, genes and more. However, even then if your son/daughter’s growth has slowed down, what would you do?



Firstly, there is nothing to panic. Growth can slow down because of many reasons – improper food intake, illness and more. Nonetheless, you should know what actions you can take to enhance growth in your child.



Do you know which essential nutrients can help achieve your child maximum growth? Or perhaps, did you know how growth and strong immunity are inter-dependent?



Know all of these from our Expert! Be it how to check if your child is growing age-appropriately or when is the right time to start giving him/her health supplements to boost growth - find answers to all your queries here.





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my daughter purva she is 5year8 old.her weight is 20 kg. Kya ye sahi weight h...

my daughter purva she is 5year8 old.her weight is 20 kg. Kya ye sahi weight h...

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hi, yes, its fine as 20 kg would be the average weight of a 5 and a half year old girl. 2017-12-28 15:00:29
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hello Madam, i am only worried about my daughers comminication.she is going to 3 in age very soon bu....

hello Madam, i am only worried about my daughers comminication.she is going to 3 in age very soon but yet does not speak like us. she speaks 3 worda sentenses . While conversing over phone, she is Zero. doesnot reply properly. Rest of her language cannot be understandable. though she expresses her basic needs, but as she is going to be 3 very soon ,i am worried.

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hi, arika. are other people able to understand what she is saying most of the time...? any concerns about understanding and hearing..? it does not sound like a worry, but still worthwhile getting her reviewed by a speech therapist/paediatrician once. 2017-12-28 15:03:19
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hello mam my daughter is 9 month old bt she did gain as per other child even she eat everything what....

hello mam my daughter is 9 month old bt she did gain as per other child even she eat everything what can i do to increase her weight

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hi !If she is growing/developing ok, is healthy and active...then not a concern. would be useful to know her current weight. 2017-12-28 15:05:03
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hii mam mera baby 7 month ka ho gya h na dal pani pita h na cerelac bas breastfeed hi krta h muje bh....

hii mam mera baby 7 month ka ho gya h na dal pani pita h na cerelac bas breastfeed hi krta h muje bhar shoping m jana hota h to bhot dikat hoti h or uska weight bhi nhi gain ho rha...

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hi, you would have to try with other foods like banana mashed, apple stew etc. a blog on this website has weaning food ideas that you will find useful. Once the solids pick up, weight gain will follow. 2017-12-28 15:06:55
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My daughter is 2yr 1 month old. Bt she does not speak well.. Only few wrds she speaks like p....

My daughter is 2yr 1 month old. Bt she does not speak well.. Only few wrds she speaks like papa maa dada lelo.. Wat to do

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If generally her vocabulary is increasing, then not a worry..some children do take time and that is normal too. At this age, they do speak in single words mostly. Engage more with her ..speaking and repeating words out, songs, rhymes etc. 2017-12-28 15:09:53
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my daughter is 10 years her weight is 20.. always she is tired. ...and doesn't take food properly

my daughter is 10 years her weight is 20.. always she is tired. ...and doesn't take food properly

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hi Khadeeja, she is underweight and given the tiredness, it would be useful to have her assessed by a paediatrician..as she may need investigations. 2017-12-28 15:12:19
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Hi ma'am my daughter is eight years old, Her weight is 21kg she is not eating properly her face lo....

Hi ma'am my daughter is eight years old, Her weight is 21kg she is not eating properly her face look pale and tired. What i do

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hi, given that that weight is on the lower side and poor appetite - please have her examined by your paediatrician as she may be anaemic and may benefit by iron therapy, also get assessed for other possible deficiencies 2017-12-28 15:15:34
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My son is seven and half years old still he didn't want to eat fruits and vegetables. he likes to e....

My son is seven and half years old still he didn't want to eat fruits and vegetables. he likes to eat pani puri, chowmin,samosa etc. what should I do to practice him eating fruits and vegetables.plz suggest.

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hi namita..very common problem! you will have to give them mixed with other things, in a more interesting way..pack a fruit for snack etc. Please read a related blog on this on the parentune website too. 2017-12-28 15:18:00
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my son is 10 yrs old and his weight is 22 kg .is it sufficient as per his age and his hight also not....

my son is 10 yrs old and his weight is 22 kg .is it sufficient as per his age and his hight also not increasing

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HI chanda, he is underweight as per standard growth charts..but if he has been always small and gaining weight steadily over the years, it is not necessarily a big concern. Would need his previous weight and heights to assess properly ...dietary habits, illnesses etc. You could see a paediatrican regarding . 2017-12-28 15:21:27
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Hello doctor....my son is 3 years and 10 months old. His weight is 16.5 kg and height is 3'4". He is....

Hello doctor....my son is 3 years and 10 months old. His weight is 16.5 kg and height is 3'4". He is a big fussy eater. he dnt even taste new thing. He dnt eat anyfruit abd vegetable, just simple chapati. Can u give me some suggedtions and also is his weight and height fine?

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Hi Deepa, his weight and height are absolutely appropriate to his age. you just need to introduce fruits and vegetables in a more interesting way or disguise in paranthas etc as they are essential. Please read a related blog on the parentune website regarding this. 2017-12-28 15:24:18
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my younger daughter is 5 yrs 6 months. Her weight is 17 kg. She frequently gets cold and cough . Can....

my younger daughter is 5 yrs 6 months. Her weight is 17 kg. She frequently gets cold and cough . Can you please suggest me some tips for increasing her immunity.

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HI Rinku. her weight is ok..to increase immunity naturally, give foods that are rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals like egg/fish/meat/ green vegetables/ fruits, dry fruits. If the infections are very frequent, get het assessed for possible iron or vitamin deficiency that may need supplementation. 2017-12-28 15:27:20
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my daughter is 4.2 years n i am worried about her growth. shez very slim . i hv seen a red hair on h....

my daughter is 4.2 years n i am worried about her growth. shez very slim . i hv seen a red hair on her head,

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hi dr 2017-12-28 15:27:58
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I HV seen a grey hair today 2017-12-28 15:28:13
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Hi paluck, what is her weight 2017-12-28 15:28:15
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height is 100 2017-12-28 15:28:32
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not a worry - the grey hair. but possibly need s to improve her diet..should have enough proteins and minerals in it 2017-12-28 15:29:19
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is it normal to have grey hair 2017-12-28 15:29:39
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for such a small child 2017-12-28 15:29:49
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what should I do mam 2017-12-28 15:30:05
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height is ok but underweight..has she always been small for age? 2017-12-28 15:30:07
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her birth weight was 3 kg 2017-12-28 15:30:30
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she was tall when she was small 2017-12-28 15:31:16
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what diet should I give her 2017-12-28 15:31:27
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any test 2017-12-28 15:31:31
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grey hair reflect nutriion 2017-12-28 15:31:57
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so what diet 2017-12-28 15:32:16
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should I give her 2017-12-28 15:32:24
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any test 2017-12-28 15:32:34
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if you can, an egg a day..dry fruits, green vegetables and fruits 2017-12-28 15:33:04
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any test 2017-12-28 15:33:17
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can be advised iron , B12 and vitamin D levels to check. others maybe depending on her examination 2017-12-28 15:33:51
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ok 2017-12-28 15:34:05
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thx 2017-12-28 15:34:08
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Shipra Mathur
take care ! 2017-12-28 15:34:18
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bye 2017-12-28 15:34:22
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hello doctor ,my daughter is 4.8 years old ,i m worried about her growth . she is very slim and alwa....

hello doctor ,my daughter is 4.8 years old ,i m worried about her growth . she is very slim and always complaints pain in her legs ,plz tell me what can i do .

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hi , would be useful to know weight and height. In any case, concentrate on a balanced diet for her. leg pains are otherwise common in this age group..but can have her assessed for iron/vitamin deficiency and supplemented if needed. 2017-12-28 15:39:30
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My Daughter is 4 yrs old n her food intake has slow down how can i increase her diet

My Daughter is 4 yrs old n her food intake has slow down how can i increase her diet

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hi, you may give food that are more packed/dense example stuffed paranthas/ vegetable soups etc, dry fruits as snacks. Encourage active play as that will increase appetite. 2017-12-28 15:42:08
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hello mam, my son is 4 years 9 months old. his weight 15 kg. from last 10 days in the morning he vo....

hello mam, my son is 4 years 9 months old. his weight 15 kg. from last 10 days in the morning he vomits before going to school. after vomiting he feels fine nd eats normaly. he is very much active nd likes to go to school. but daily vomiting in morning upsets me nd him too.... how can i help my little one ... can u tell me food allergy in kids like peanut, cashew, almonds.. coz before 10 days he was having some peanuts... from the next day he is vomiting...

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hi, morning vomiting is sometimes related to acidity...in which case an antacid will help..your paediatrician can assess the need and prescribe it. For food allergy, the trigger would be there every day ..peanuts 10 days back may not be relevant still. But yes, he could be developing a new one...watch for foods eaten/ any new thing etc to see if there is a connection. 2017-12-28 15:46:19
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hello Ma'am my daughter is 12 year old. she had too many pimples on her face, what can I do for her?....

hello Ma'am my daughter is 12 year old. she had too many pimples on her face, what can I do for her? any home remedies for it?

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hi, will need to make sure that she is drinking enough water in the day, eat healthy and keep face clean by washing with water. Avoid cosmetic products. If increasing, you could see a skin specialist. 2017-12-28 15:48:49
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My son is 6 years and 3 months. what should be the weight.

My son is 6 years and 3 months. what should be the weight.

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Around 21 kgs would be the average at this age. 2017-12-28 15:50:25
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My 5 yr old son is very poor in eating nutritious food. and hence his height is not as expected. wha....

My 5 yr old son is very poor in eating nutritious food. and hence his height is not as expected. what should be done

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my son is 3.5 years old.he is 12 kgs.he frequently suffer from fever.he speaks but not so clearly as....

my son is 3.5 years old.he is 12 kgs.he frequently suffer from fever.he speaks but not so clearly as we do. he is not fluent yet. plz suggest to improve his communication as well as growth.

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hi shweta, there seem to be concerns about his growth, immunity and speech development. The first two can be tackled by assessing and improving his diet if needed. ..should be a balanced diet with enough proteins, vitamins and minerals. may also need tests and supplements for iron and vitamin D etc . for speaking, if his speech is still unclear and not understandable by other people too, will be helped by a speech therapy assessment. Please see your paediatrician to address these issues. 2017-12-28 16:03:47
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Hlo mam, my daughter is four years old. She is still taking feed of mine. She can't eat her food pro....

Hlo mam, my daughter is four years old. She is still taking feed of mine. She can't eat her food properly. How can I help her to not to take more feed of mine nd eat other food items

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hi sophia, you need to stop feeding her now as it is not enough in any way at this age - just stop one day and offer her only solid food, top milk etc ..she will come around. 2017-12-28 16:06:14
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My son does not drink milk at all. He is very skinny and often gets tired of running or playing for....

My son does not drink milk at all. He is very skinny and often gets tired of running or playing for few minutes. What can I do to make him gain weight and feel strong?

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Hi anisha, how old is your son..? you may give more milk products if milk particularly is a problem. Give healthy nutritious food like egg, nuts, green vegetables and fruits. 2017-12-28 16:10:45
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hi anisha..what is his age and weight now? you may give more milk products if not keen on milk, also add egg/meat/green vegetables, fruits on a daily basis to his diet. 2017-12-28 16:10:46
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My child is 11 years old. He is not growing tall. His class fellows are all taller than him. What ca....

My child is 11 years old. He is not growing tall. His class fellows are all taller than him. What can I do?

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hi Nikki, boys will grow at different rates . Some are late starters but attain a good final height. Height gain is influence by heredity also among other things. On your part, you make sure that he has a healthy balanced diet, is active and plays for atleast an hour a day and sleep well through the night. If still concerns, see a paediatrician who can plot his heights and assess. 2017-12-28 16:15:34

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