After the birth of your baby, every day brings with it some surprise. It could be anything from the first time she smiles to when she holds on tightly to your finger. Within the first year, you’ll see many such developments physically as well as mentally. And sometimes, tracing their development based on a growth chart can leave you surprised. Your little one could have had a growth spurt!
What Is a Growth Spurt In a Preschooler
The WHO (World Health Organisation) has a standard weight and height chart for children. However, sometimes you might see a sudden increase in both areas in your child, defying the norms of the growth chart. This is known as a growth spurt.
At What Age Do Preschoolers Have Growth Spurts
Commonly, growth spurts are seen in preschoolers between the ages of 2 to 4. It’s believed that a child can grow about 2 to 3 inches taller every year during this time and gain up to 2 kg in weight. One point that you should always keep in mind is that all preschoolers are different. It’s possible that your child can have a growth spurt at a different time than mentioned in a standard growth spurt chart, so don’t worry yourself needlessly. You’ll soon see growth in your child every few months till he or she becomes a teenager.
What Are The Signs Of a Growth Spurt in Preschoolers
There are a number of signs that your little one is going through a growth spurt. Take a look:
- There’s a considerable increase in appetite
- Your preschooler may sleep for longer hours
- You may have to endure crankiness
Whenever you see a marked difference in the height and weight of your child from what’s indicated in the preschooler growth chart, it’s a good idea to look out for these symptoms as well. You want to be prepared and help your child transition more easily.
When To See a Doctor
Your preschooler may often experience some pain in the limbs during a growth spurt. This is known as growing pain and will settle down within a few days. However, if you see untoward signs like fever, rashes, and anything else that’s unusual, immediate medical attention should be sought. The doctor will examine your child to make sure there are no underlying problems.
Responding To Growth Spurt in Preschoolers
There’s not much that you can do for your child when he or she is going through a growth spurt except to:
- Make sure they’re well-fed and get enough nutrition
- Let them sleep longer
- Massage their limbs to reduce the pain associated with a growth spurt
- Be more patient with their crankiness and shower them with lots of love and cuddles.
Children need plenty of affection and care at all times, but more so during a growth spurt. The physical and emotional change can be bewildering to kids. Comfort them and keep a keen eye out for any untoward symptoms that might need medical attention.