Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Carol | 2009-04-08

Q.

Cause of retarded growth?

My daughter of 4 1/2 yrs has the body of a 2 year old and bones as thick as a baby' s. Higher doses of vitamins and iron does temporarily lead to a better appetite but the increased eating does not translate to any weight gain. Her growth chart shows she slowed down after 7 mnths of age and her 11 mnth old brother is going the same route. " It' s probably genetic"  is all I hear. Could the cause be a lack of probiotics and digestive enzymes, thus no proper absorption of nutrients? Lack of growth hormones? Although administering this by way of supplementation won' t help if no proper digestion and absorption. Could something genetic cause this? I was also small and thin (although not this small) and only stopped growing at age 23 when pregnant for the first time. Long term health is of great concern here.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I am not happy to label your daughter's poor growth as being 'probably genetic' There are important conditions in children which have to be excluded here.Among these are conditions affecting the kidneys, the liver or the intestines. She needs to be carefully examined and evaluated by a paediatrician

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