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How to Increase Height for Kids

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author image Sharin Griffin
Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.
How to Increase Height for Kids
A young boy is getting his height measured. Photo Credit LeventKonuk/iStock/Getty Images

A child's height is determined by genetics and daily nutritional intake. According to KidsHealth.org, children's growth slows after the first year of life, breaking down into mini growth spurts. By the time your child reaches adolescence, growth rates increase once again with girls hitting a major spurt between the ages of eight and 13. Boys reach this growth spurt between the ages of 10 to 15. In order to ensure that your child reaches a healthy height and weight, you must teach certain lifestyle habits while practicing patience. Every child grows at a different rate, stopping growth after puberty.

Step 1

Place your child to bed early in the evening. According to KidsHealth.org, children require from 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night. Your child's body cannot grow properly without adequate rest. Boosting bedtime to even an hour earlier per night will help ensure rest for your child's growth cycle.

Step 2

Feed your child plenty of high protein foods such as fish and lean meats. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, children who maintained a high protein diet showed a significant increase in height as compared to children restricted to a low protein diet.

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Step 3

Provide daily exercise activities such as bike riding, walking or outdoor sports to keep your child growing at a consistent rate and fight obesity. According to KidsHealth.org, these activities will encourage your child to keep moving, instead of sitting in front of the television or video games.

Step 4

Ensure proper intake of calcium, iron and vitamin A in your child's daily nutritional routine. According to The Journal of Nutrition, although research results are inconsistent with these nutrients alone, combination with proteins will benefit your child's growth rather than stunt it.

Step 5

Visit the doctor regularly with your child to have her height and weight checked. Early detection of stunted growth will help your child's doctor determine any underlying medical conditions requiring immediate treatment.

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