Why is my child not growing?
The Answer Might Surprise You
While all children grow at different rates, there should be some level of predictability as well. When your child doesn’t seem to be growing at the rate you’d expect, you may be left wondering, “Why is my child not growing?” The answer could be simple: poor sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that children aged six to thirteen should sleep somewhere between nine and eleven hours per night. However, many children are not meeting this recommendation. Consequently, inadequate sleep may lead to disruption of proper growth in children. There are a number of signs to look out for, but the good news is there are solutions!
What Affects My Child’s Ability to Sleep?
There are a lot of factors that can affect your child’s ability sleep. An article from the Journal of Sleep Disorders & Therapy states that any of these can hinder your child’s ability to sleep well: excessive exposure to technology, consumption of caffeine and other similar substances, eating late-evening meals, and the physical environment (including factors like air quality and noises).
Of course, there are also medical conditions that can inhibit your child’s ability to sleep well at night. Sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD)—characterized by fragmented sleep due to difficulty breathing during sleep—can impact a child’s daytime performance and can cause a disturbance in the overall physical growth and development of a child. Our team at KoalaKIDZzz® is here to help your child overcome these hurdles.
What are the Warning Signs of Inadequate Sleep?
Inadequate sleep does more than just make your child grumpy. The repercussions can be physical, mental, and emotional.
At KoalaKIDZzz®, we see a number of warning signs that children are not sleeping well. A child may be too tired to participate in normal activities, lacking the energy or desire to engage at home or in school. Children may feel left out and show little desire to interact with their normal friends. A child may also appear exhausted despite maintaining a normal sleep schedule. If your child “should” be sleeping enough but is still showing constant signs of fatigue, this can be an indicator that something is preventing them from getting proper sleep.
How Does Sleep Affect My Child’s Growth?
Sufficient sleep is important for proper child development, including physical growth. An article from PsychCentral points out, “the highest levels of growth hormones are released into the bloodstream during sleep.” When your child is struggling to get to sleep or failing to fall into a deep sleep at night, the release of important growth hormones can be impacted. This could result in your child not growing properly.
If your child is showing slowed or delayed growth, is sleeping restlessly or is just exhausted all the time, come visit with us at KoalaKIDZzz® to discover options kids can thrive with!
Our team can help you get to the root of your child’s sleep issues so they can get the adequate, sound sleep they need to grow and live well. Just like you, we want what’s best for your child. Contact us today at Koala KIDZzz®, a division of Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders.