We all have that first, second or third cousin who seems to have hit the genetic jackpot when it comes to height. But when you see their five-feet-nothing parents, you're forced to wonder how it happened. We know parents who make it their life's mission to enrol their kids in activities and feed them food that will help them, quite literally, stretch their potential. Does it work? Sometimes. So here's what you can do to tip the odds in your child's favour. And do tell us and other parents if you believe something you tried worked for your kid.
The logic behind exercise is it strengthens bones to facilitate quicker growth. When kids are growing up, the cartilage around the longer bones of both the arms and legs tend to stretch and grow. Doctors often say that once a child hits puberty, this growth slows down. So, 'Catch 'em young' is perfect in this context.
- Make your child lean against a wall and stretch his hands as far as possible. Repeat 10 times.
- Make your child sit on the floor with legs wide apart. Ask him to bend forward and touch his toes with both hands. Repeat this five times on one side and then follow it up with the other.
- Kids love hanging from things. You can put up a hanging bar in your kid's room. Ask him/her to do at least 15 to 20 pull-ups every day.
- Other than these, running, cycling and swimming are also good activities to improve your child's height.
Whole grains/multi-grain: These contain high amounts of iron, zinc, and vitamin B, which are very important for body growth. Combine pulses in your recipes in an interesting manner. For example salad with veggies and boiled pulses instead of corn, or tacos filled with pulses. Increase use of whole grain breads, pastas, cereals, popcorn and brown rice.
Protein-rich food: These food items provide our body with the vital vitamin E, iron, zinc and magnesium. Get them to eat oysters, crab legs, pork, beef, chickpeas and cashews, meat, poultry, seafood, nuts, seeds and legumes.
Dairy products: Calcium and Vitamin D are essential nutrients that help kids grow taller. Milk, yogurt, ice cream and cheese should help.
- Growth hormones are generated when a child sleeps. Hence, it is necessary for your child to sleep a minimum of eight hours.
- Keep a tab on your child's posture and make sure his spine is straight.