Nature to Nurture on Growth

Though growth and development are used interchangeably, they are somewhat different from each other. Nature (genes, environment) and nurture (nutrition) both contribute to the growth and development of a child. Although what a child comes equipped with from their parents genetically, what they eat (food and supporting nutrition like Pediasure 3+) and where they grow up makes a big difference. Here are a few factors to look into if you ever feel if your child is not “growing” like you want them to.1, 6

Nature’s Influence

A child’s body develops in response to the environment and nurture of their loved ones. Your child’s perceived height and body structure depends on your own and of the generations before. But that does not mean you cannot provide the right nutrition and nurturing tools to maximize growth, or even surpass what is expected.1, 2 This means that nutrition can be the key to unlocking growth and keep your child’s growth on the right track. Check if your child is getting proper 3 meals a day with snacks in between, their picky eating habits, or does their diet consist of high calories, but little nutrition? These questions matter because they are very important factors that affect growth. To get a better understanding of your child’s maximum growth potential, we would like to introduce the Growth Percentile Calculator on the Pediasure Myanmar website. With an input of your child’s gender, birth date, their height, their weight, mother’s height and father’s height in your choice of measurement system, you will get your child’s growth potential.8

Nutrition’s Assurance         

Can my child’s height be increased? Yes, and for this, nutrition plays a critical role because malnutrition or overeating leads to health problems that adversely affect the growth. Important nutrients that support healthy growth are vitamins (K2, D, Leafy vegetables), minerals (Calcium, milk, soy, nuts), amino acids (Arginine, red meat, chicken, Pumpkin seeds), proteins (eggs, beans, fish), carbohydrates (whole grains, quinoa, whole-wheat couscous and brown rice) and fats (nuts, nut oils). Vitamin D will help your child’s body absorb calcium, the main component of bones, for better bone quality and linear growth. Vitamin C and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables will help support immunity so that your child can spend more days growing.3, 4, 5

Nature matters as much as a complete and balanced diet in a child’s overall growth and development. Carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, and fiber in required amounts per meal comprise a healthy and balanced diet. Always choose healthier options, but when food alone is not enough or you are faced with a picky eater, Pediasure 3+ can help. PediaSure 3+ is a source of complete balanced child nutrition formulated with 37 vital nutrients, including Arginine and Natural Vitamin K2 to support catch-up growth in children who need it.^^ Pediasure 3+ can be served on its own, with meals, or as a snack as per Pediatrician’s directions.

If you would like to try before going for the full course, visit Pediasure Myanmar today to sign up for free samples.

References:

  1. https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/factors-that-affect-growth-and-development-in-children/
  2. https://www.momjunction.com/articles/foods-for-increasing-height-in-children_00121489/
  3. https://www.healthxchange.sg/children/food-nutrition/healthy-food-growing-children
  4. https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/nutrition-fitness/daily-food-guides/school-age-food-groups#:~:text=Protein%2Drich%20foods%20include%20lean,and%20omega%2D3%20fatty%20acids.
  5. https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/healthy-aging/nutrition-for-growing-bodies
  6. https://pediasuremyanmar.com/formulation-support/
  7. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/products/page/pediasure
  8. https://growthtracker.pediasuremyanmar.com/mm

^^   Alarcon PA, et al. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2003