Parents measuring their children’s height is a phenomenon that dates back for generations. Do you remember how we used to stand behind a white wall at home and marking how tall we were, and appending the dates alongside it?
Or perhaps you were more fortunate to have it taken in a more systematic way, by writing it down in a brochure or a booklet somewhere?
While we have been doing it for generations, most of the time many of us don’t really know what to do with the data, whether our children are catching up with their growth or not.
As some of you know, my boys are now 5 and 8 years old, and they are growing rapidly. It truly feels as if time flies, as if it was only yesterday that I carried them in my arms.
My 5-year-old is attending daycare, whilst my 8-year-old is in primary school year 2. The 5-year-old is 92 cm tall while my 8-year-old is 115 cm tall. The method I’ve been using to measure their height is actually quite traditional, by using a measuring tape and comparing their height with other boys their age.
While I do admit that both my husband and I can be considered rather short, we are truly concerned that both my boys will be even shorter than us. That being said, I have seen cases in which the kids are taller than their parents even though their parents are short.
You see, it’s not as simple as “it’s just height”, but it’s also about health. The rate at which they grow is an indication of good health. If your child does not receive the necessary care, you may see a delay in their growth, or rather they will not achieve their maximum growth potential.
Therefore, it’s important for parents to find the right balance and method to ensure their child grows healthily. After all, it’s only a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so we must strive to get it right.
I’m sure you’re also wondering, “what is it that affects my child’s growth?”
I’ve done some research out of curiosity, and found that it’s affected by a few key factors:
- Hereditary or Genetics
- Exercise or physical activeness
- Socio-Economic Status
One of the more surprising factors in the list is actually hormones. Think about it. Both you and your spouse may be tall, well-to-do, and you provided the best environment, activities and food as possible. However, it is still possible for your child to be of short stature if he or she has hormonal issues or lack the necessary growth hormones!
That’s why it’s important to measure the height of your children on a consistent basis, track and monitor their growth progress. In case he or she is not keeping up, then you consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Which brings me to why I’m so excited to be invited to attend the launch event of a new mobile app that helps to monitor a child’s growth. From what I’ve heard so far, it gives us parents the ability to measure and track our children’s growth patterns in their early years all from the convenience of our mobile phones!
I will be sharing more info as well as the links to download the app once it launches, so keep watching my Facebook Page and Instagram profile!