Signs that Tell Your Child is Undergoing Growth Spurt

Children grow up fast and before you know it they are adults. Each growth spurt throughout their key years lasts about 24 to 36 month increments. For girls growth spurts happen between the ages of 10 and 14, and for boys, it is between the ages of 12 and 16. A varied combination of plates and hormones goes through a process layers upon layers of growth.1

 

Why Nutrition is Key During those Growth Spurts

Though hormones and genetics play a big role in how well a child grows, nutrition plays an important part. Nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin D, Zinc, and other mix of vitamins all contribute to a child’s growth. Children’s bodies are like sponges during growth spurts, it requires all the help it can get. Here are a few ways parents can keep track of their child’s growth. For any other growth concerns, it is best to consult a pediatrician. 1

They are Always Hungry

It is a common sign of a growth spurt if your child is still hungry after a main meal. You will see this happens before and during a growth spurt and can last up to 24 to 36 months. During this stage, limit junk foods and provide them with real whole, nutritionally dense foods. This is to avoid the risk of your child developing childhood diabetes.1

           

None of the usual clothes fit

A simple tell tale sign that your child is going through a growth spurt is that their usual clothes do not fit. Every child grows differently and with genetics and nutrition factors.1

 

Drowsiness

Most of a child’s growth happens during sleep. Because of this, the body will often signal a child to go to sleep in order to make the most of the human growth hormones that peak at night. Depending on age, a child should get anywhere from between eight to ten hours of sleep.1

 

Exponential Weight Gain

A child’s weight can easily get to triple digits as they go through growth spurts. Pay attention to how they are gaining weight by tracking the foods they eat, physical activity, and potential illnesses. Also give mental support so that they maintain a healthy body image.1

 

They have recently gone through Puberty

Growth spurts happen during puberty and achieve peak height during those years. Balance nutrition with plenty of protein, vitamin D, potassium, and calcium rich foods for optimal growth. Healthy gut makes a healthy child so be sure to also Include plenty of fiber in their diet. Growing bones, weight gain, puberty, and hunger are all part of a child growing up and it is the parent’s responsibility to provide the right nutrition and environment.1

Reference(s):

  1. https://www.nutritionnews.abbott/pregnancy-childhood/kids-growth/6-signs-your-kid-is-having-a-growth-spurt/