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No parent wants to find out that their child has a growth delay, but if it happens to your child, you will find the strength to make sure they get everything they need to grow and thrive. That’s exactly what I had to do when my son fell behind on his growth development. My son was born with a severe case of strabismus. He had three eye surgeries. The first one as early as one year old and the other two at 18 months and 6 years.
Seeing your child taken away from you and put to sleep for a surgery is one of the scariest moments ever. Watching your child having nightmares after the surgeries and being helpless is also one of the toughest things a parent can go through. Noticing that your child does not walk like his peers, cannot shoot a ball or just hold a pen appropriately is another hard thing entirely. Top that off with the stares from people and snarky remarks: why does he walk unbalanced, get his eyes checked, why this and that!
Some days, my husband and I felt alone, felt that nobody understood what our little boy went through. We felt helpless but we had to continue, we had to make sure he grew like any other child! So we gave it all we had and tried to handle those daily struggles as best as we could!
While the strabismus was corrected very early, we also discovered that our son was behind the growth chart. He could not see very well until the age of 18 months, which, according to his doctor, helped contribute to his growth delay. Imagine your child not being able to start walking, speaking, shooting a ball, even eating on his own because of vision impairment!
Going through that growth delay taught us a lot about parenting through challenges, though. I’m sharing my tips for coping with a growth delay with you, as well as how PediaSure helped with it!
5 Things That Will Help You Get Through a Growth Delay
Admit it and face it
When doctors said that our child had a growth delay due to his eye problems, I could not believe it. As a parent, you don’t want to believe that your child has a problem, do you? But you have to face it. Admitting that my child had challenges and accepting them, helped me find the best resources for him. I accepted that he needed lots of therapies: fine and gross motor, eye therapy, etc.
A good night’s sleep for your little one (and you).
I made sure my son went to bed early and had a good night sleep. This isn’t just important to your child’s growth, but his emotional well-being too. Kids who are dealing with a growth delay go through so much from their peers. While a good night’s sleep isn’t going to stop bullying, it will help your child be more level-headed and able to cope with it. If you’ve ever been over-tired yourself, you know that it makes your emotions fly all over the place.
This is one of the most important things you can do to help your little one catch up. We made sure our whole family ate healthy, not just my son. It’s become a passion of mine, making delicious healthy meals. Sometimes, though, even the most balanced diet needs a little boost. We also used PediaSure to give my son an extra boost. It has 7 grams of protein and 25 vitamins and minerals that kids need to help them grow and thrive.
Kids grow and develop so much during the first 3-5 years of their lives! I think they go through more growth during this time than any other point. Think about it: your baby goes from an itty bitty newborn who fits in one arm all the way up to a child who is suddenly tall enough to ride the “big” rides at the amusement park. All in the span of just a few years. It’s also during this time that kids tend to be the pickiest eaters! When your child is already behind on the growth chart, you have to work even harder to make sure he’s getting the right nutrition. PediaSure is a tasty, easy way to do that.
Lots of physical activity!
All kids need plenty of exercise and opportunities to get active. When your child has a growth delay, physical activity becomes even more important. It helps develop stronger bones and muscles! One thing I recommend: find something that your child really enjoys doing, then make it a family thing. We love riding bikes as a family.
Take a moment to recognize your child’s successes and triumphs, both big and small. This helps them build confidence. You don’t have to go overboard with praise and rewards, but even just a “you did a great job today!” after a therapy session can go a long way to boosting your child’s self-esteem. Make sure you celebrate your own victories too!
Celebrate Your Victories with PediaSure’s Mom Crush Monday!
PediaSure loves celebrating your victories over the struggles of being a mom. They have this fabulous program called Mom Crush Monday where you can nominate fellow moms who really need a boost of their own or who really inspire you to overcome your own struggles.
Just head to the PediaSure Facebook page and check out their #MomCrushMonday post, then tag your favorite moms! While you’re there, make sure you check out all the great tips and recipes from PediaSure!
Visit the PediaSure website to learn more about their different products and how they can help your child!