ACCORDING to a 2017 national survey, Malaysian teenagers are not getting sufficient growth nutrients like iron and vitamin D, and they frequently skip meals.
Puberty is one of the most significant developmental spurts in a child’s life, occurring between the ages of 10 and 19.
They grow quickly into little adults, but the rapid growth phase is often accompanied by increased hunger and exhaustion as the body expends more energy to generate tissue.
Nutrition may be a game changer for a child’s growth trajectory, allowing them to reach their genetic potential, especially when they are between the ages of 10-15 and going through a growth spurt.
Obtaining the proper nutrients can fail to grow and thrive until growth eventually stops at the end of adolescence.
Abbott, a brand dedicated to creating healthy responsibilities that keep people living their best life, underlines the importance of parents recognising when their kid is going through a growth spurt and providing them with the proper nutrition to help them make the most of this exciting period.
There are six signs parents should look out for in monitoring their kid’s growth spurt. Children are likely to experience a surge of hunger before and during growth spurts, which may last anywhere from 24 to 36 months.
Therefore, parents should ensure those extra calories come from complete, nutritionally packed foods rather than snacks and sweets.
According to the Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology, 95 per cent of girls and around 70 per cent of boys reach maximum height velocity during puberty.
According to the University of Saskatchewan, leg length and sitting height can be used to estimate the age at which children may reach peak height velocity.
The children start to sleep more than usual. A lot of growth occurs when sleeping as human growth hormone secretes throughout the night.
The National Sleep Foundation suggests that children aged six to thirteen sleep for nine to eleven hours every night to promote healthy growth. Teens aged 14 to 17 require eight to ten hours of sleep every night.
During a growth spurt, it’s natural for a child’s weight to reach a peak. However, be aware of any weight issues that may occur during this phase and offer constant support. — The Health