Do you regularly measure the height of your children?

80% of the child’s growth takes place before puberty and parents must monitor it, calls out the French Society of Pediatrics on the occasion of a new awareness campaign.

It is to make parents aware of the need to regularly monitor the growth of their children, both girls and boys, that the French Pediatric Society, with Novo Nordisk and the GRANDIR association, are launching a campaign entitled “a stake size “.

Why should we watch the growth of children?

Growth is an important indicator of the state of health and well-being of children. Also, it is essential to be able to spot the first signs of a growth disorder and to have the reflex to consult a specialist without delay in order to carry out an assessment.

And for good reason: regular monitoring of height-weight growth parameters is essential to detect and establish an early diagnosis of a growth disorder. Ideally, it is necessary that measure the child every 3 months up to 1 year, then every 6 months up to 4 years and finally 1 to 2 times a year up to puberty, specify it Prof. Agnès Linglart (Bicêtre Hospital). These measurements must be reported on the growth curves in order to check that its size fits well in the “corridor” of the reference curve and that it follows a regular progression “.

In case of growth retardation, the child’s height is below the lower limit of the reference curve. This can be indicative of a possible pathology, such as celiac disease, chronic inflammatory disease, chronic systemic disease, or hypothyroidism.

A major challenge, including for girls!

With its slogan “To monitor children’s growth, there is still time!”, This campaign aims to make parents understand that regular monitoring of children’s growth is a real issue.

What is more, she points out the importance of watching girls and boys with the same attention. “Many girls are delayed in diagnosing their growth disease because parents are less concerned about their short stature,” supports Béatrice Demaret, President of the Association Grandir.

The campaign revolves around several actions including a preventive film and a website intended for parents to monitor the growth of their children. They will be able to save and download growth charts and even calculate the target height of their children via a growth simulator.

Source : Novo Nordisk press release, Association Grandir, SFP, February 2021.

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