Several factors influence your kid's height, like environment, diet and exercise. Of all the main contributor is your gene, which accounts for 60 to 80 percent of your kid's final height.
While you cannot do anything about the gene, giving the right nutrition and diet from an early age can still help to increase your kid's height by a few inches.
From the time kids turn 1 till they hit puberty they gain about 2 inches each year. During puberty (12-14 years) their height starts growing at the rate of 4 inches per year. Once this phase is over the height stops increasing. That means the only time you can take any measures to increase your kid's height is between 1 to 14 years. To help you out we have listed 5 things that can increase your kid's height if you start following them from the right time.
A nutritious diet
Be it adults or kids a well-balanced and nutritious diet is the basic requirement for everyone. 3 square meals and 2 snacks a day loaded with all the nutrients help in the development of your brain and body. Even if your kid is a fussy eater try to introduce different food in their diet to provide them with the right kind of nutrition. Add more fresh fruits, whole grains, dairy and sources of protein to their diet. Avoid sugar and processed food.
To ensure that the kids are getting a sufficient amount of nutrients, some parents even give them supplements, which is not required. Supplements should only be given to kids when they have a deficiency of some nutrient or are suffering from growth-related issues and that too after consulting with the doctor. The priority should be to provide the nutrients from the food.
Teaching your kids to exercise daily from an early age is one the best things you can do. Staying physically active has many health benefits, which includes increasing your height. It is too much to expect kids to indulge in hardcore exercises. But even stretching, yoga and meditation are good enough to stay physically and mentally fit. Exercising helps to stretch the spine and also improves your child's posture.
Hanging from the bars
Hanging has always been considered as the best way to increase the height of the kids. Hanging from the bar elongates the spine, which increases their height. Consistently hanging from the bar can increase the height over time. Besides, it can also help to strengthen the muscles.
Good night sleep
People often underestimate the importance of good night sleep in their life which makes them more prone to develop health issues. Sleeping for 7-8 hours is essential for all. Kids need more sleep than adults as they are more active. Make sure your kids sleep on time and sleep soundly throughout the night. If he/she is having a problem falling asleep consult your doctor.