All mothers know that once their children approach the age of one year have escaped the stress of assessment scales and weight monthly. We will deal, however, two problems with the physical aspect of infant weight about obesity and growth failure.
Childhood obesity is a health problem world today given that one in five children are overweight and dynamic figures show that the number increased by 50% over the past 10 years. What is worrying is that these children are future obese adults who carry a major risk of such disease, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and even cancer.
Among the most important causes of childhood obesity are genetic determinism, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and excess or a combination of these. Rarely have to deal with a medical condition, such as endocrinology, underlying obesity.
Children who have overweight parents and siblings themselves from the risk of the same fate. However, not all those who have such a family history become obese, genetic factors are important, but need a trigger signal to trigger clinical expression. Thus, an important role is played by dietary habits and life inside the family.
If appearance worries you, talk to your child about weight. You will definitely draw a graph based on height and weight data related to age. Percentages probably know already that guide us in assessing stature-weight children, a value over 95 diagnosed obesity.
What to do?
First, talk to your baby all the time and do not ever argue for its weight. We perceive the problem as a stigma and may withdraw by itself without the desire to work and fight for improvement. Offer your support, acceptance and encouragement in the way that you have done together.
Do not punish him retreating and a table and not rewarded him by giving him sweets. In the first case the child will be afraid, it will remain hungry and then eating becomes an end in itself, and in the second case is obvious appetite for fresh development. Leading by example is a good thing when it comes to food saint. Giving little ones healthy eating patterns, without haste, accompanied by important nutrients, will help develop a proper appetite.
Also in the family learn healthy physical development through sports and activities outdoors. You will be pleasantly surprised when later in the school years and adolescence, the child will keep this habit because that body or raised and learned to feel good. Finally, when these simple measures do not pay off, ask an experienced dietitian to help you maintain a healthy weight.
What if your child’s weight is at the other extreme, “failure to thrive”?
For many parents this expression is scary and brings to mind images of malnourished children, heads without neuromuscular acquisitions. The term is so misunderstood, so here is how nutrition experts define “failure to thrive”: This is a serious state of malnutrition accompanied by poor weight gain in children aged up to 3 years.
Diagnosis itself does not involve elements of neuro-behavioral development and acquisitions not refer to social and inter-relationships, but simply signals the existence of an unsatisfactory standard weight curves of age.
Causes of a child past the age of one year no weight gain, must be explained from the beginning parents. In general, the disease is characterized by inadequate intake, poor absorption or excessive elimination. The doctor will investigate clinical and paraclinical looking etiology insufficient weight gain. Eliminating organic or metabolic causes, the next step is additional calorie diet. There are nutritional supplements and vitamins to help weight gain, you will receive tips on how to use them and will watch closely related benefits.
In conclusion, seek professional help when you notice a change in the child’s appetite or weight curve it. The situation can be frustrating and stressful, and the first to feel it is all baby will refuse even more food.