Childhood Diseases

Posted by: miki | 2010/01/29



My son will b 3 soon, very healthy except i think he is not growing taller, he seems to still be at 83cm ( i measaure from the start of his hairline down the lenght of his body to the toes/floor, is that correct? if it is correct then he has been that height for at least 6 months now? we are a tall family and he weighs 12kg. He looks like the kind of little boy who has a small petite frame but would later get skinny and taller. What is your comment, i have mentioned it over the past 3 yrs taht i think he is too short to 3 diff paedi' s all of which are not concerd. He eats fairly well and healthy not too much at a time and when he is in the mood but he eats regularly according to his own pattern and eats things like oats/all bran without a problem for brekki and chicken and brocolli with cheese sauce, hates slimy texturs though and gags easily from these.

Another ? is how much milk should he b having at this age? he only has rooibos with fat free milk as this is all we buy and now and again yoghurt but has cheese almost daily? and brocolli few time a wk, is he gettin enuf calcium? he is not too keen on red meat mostly eats chicken - is he getting enuf iron?

Expert's Reply



If your son's height is indeed 83cm then he is extremely small for his age, so much so that his height is below the lowest line on the children's growth chart.Oddly enough his weight is also far below the average for a boy of his age [average weight:14kg] You may be measuring his height incorrectly.You need to measure him from the top of his head to the soles of his feet and this is best done with the height measures found in paediatrician's rooms.If you have been measuring him correctly and his weight is correct as given here then your son growth is well below expected and is very unusual in a tall family like yours.Please take him back to the paediatrician for his height and weight to be carefully measured and charted on the children's growth charts. Do not leave the rooms until you know exactly what the situation is with your son's growth. If he is indeed as small as the measurements given here he must be examined and tested for conditions that cause poor growth in children such as coeliac disease.
He is getting enough calium in his diet. He needs about 2 cups of milk per day.Get the 2% milk for him.

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