Poor Growth and Nutrition in Children

In early years, children have increased energy and nutrient requirements as they are undergoing rapid growth. In some children, the growth may be poor for various reasons including the following:

  1. Acute illness
  2. Chronic illness
  3. Malabsorption
  4. Hormone problems
  5. Restricted diet
  6. Feeding problems

If your child has poor growth, it is important that he or she see a specialist for a formal assessment. Depending on the history and physical examination, the doctor will perform appropriate investigations to determine the cause. Treatment will be started depending on the cause of the poor growth.

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