Understanding Growth

All children follow a general pattern of growth from birth, but each child's timing
is unique. Normal growth during childhood depends on a combination of good general health, a healthy appetite, exercise, nutrition and sleep.

Children do not usually grow in a constant way. They usually grow in 'bursts' otherwise known as 'growth spurts'.

HOW DO WE GROW?

CHILDREN WILL GENERALLY GROW ALONG THE
FOLLOWING PATTERN:

  • HEIGHT
  • WEIGHT

0 TO 12 MONTHS

Grow around 25 cm

1 TO 2 YEARS

Grow around 13 cm

2 TO 3 YEARS

Grow around 9 cm per year. Most kids will have doubled their birth height by the time they are 4 years old

3 YEARS TO PUBERTY

Grow around 5 cm per year. Puberty is a time of rapid growth spurts that are unique to each child

BIRTH TO 2 WEEKS

Many infants lose weight in the first two weeks of life

2 WEEKS

Regained birth weight and then gain 0.7–0.9 kg per month

3 MONTHS

Gained about 500 g a month

5 MONTHS

Doubled their birth weight

1 YEAR

Tripled their birth weight and gained about 200 g a month

2 YEARS

Quadrupled their birth weight and gain between 1.8–2.3 kg per year

9-10 YEARS

Start to gain weight faster due to the onset of puberty. Normal gains are around 4.5 kg per year