A baby’s rate of growth is influenced by a lot of factors. Read and find out in this article what makes a baby grow well and fast.
In order to attain the full growth potential of a child, there are various interdependent factors every parent must be considering. These are the following:
- Proper pre-natal care.
- Adequate sleep.
- Proper infant practices like, for example, exclusive breastfeeding for six months.
- Highly nutritious diet. This is very important especially in the first two years of life.
- A set of preventive and promotive health and nutrition measures such as immunization, micronutrient supplementation, personal and oral hygiene, and health and nutrition education.
- Quality time spent caring for and interacting with the child.
Parents must do something to a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery. That must be so because a child’s growth and development starts at the womb. Good prenatal care ensures a healthy outcome of pregnancy.
Upon the birth of the baby, his or her birth weight should not be lower than 2.5 kilograms. If it is below that point, it means that the child is underweight and, therefore, needs special care.
Adequate intakes of highly nutritious foods would ensure normal physical and psychological growth and development of the child. Recommended infant feeding practices must be followed accordingly. These are the following:
- Practicing exclusive breastfeeding from birth to about six months.
- Giving nutritious complementary foods at least three to five times a day (this in addition to breast milk) at the age of six months and above.
- Observing recommended hygienic practices for food preparation and feeding.
Adequate sleep is one important contributing factor to a child’s growth and development. Babies and young children need more sleep than adults in order to grow to their full potential.
And don’t forget this one important thing also: make sure that the child should undergo complete immunization, micronutrient supplementation, growth monitoring, health and nutrition education, and many more.
And last, but not the least, spend quality time with the child. It is simply done by enjoying feeding time, story-telling, strolling in the parks, playing, singing or dancing together, bathing and grooming the child, and many more. Take note that a well-cared for child develops self-confidence, fosters good inter-personal relationships with other people, and adjusts easily to his environment.