Growth problems in children

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An overview of the symptoms, causes and treatment of growth problems in children.

Key points

  • A child's growth needs to be regularly monitored. This can be done with the help of growth charts and the child's doctor.
  • Poor feeding sessions or illness can lead to a slow growth, but this may not be a growth disorder.
  • A growth disorder may be present at birth or acquired later.
  • Growth disorders may or may not be treated with medication.
Last updated: March 5th 2010