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Families learn how to ‘Let it Grow’ on awareness day

International Children's Growth Awareness Day took place on 20th September and to mark the day, RMCH's Paediatric Endocrine Team held a special day to highlight the importance of monitoring growth in children.

Over 4000 conditions are associated with abnormal growth and monitoring progress during childhood is incredibly important in identifying problems as soon as possible.

Children and families were invited to be measured using a stadiometer (used to measure human height) and were shown how they can monitor their growth at home using height charts. Following a Frozen theme, Princess Elsa led the children in singing 'Let it Grow' with support from Music for Hospitals' Anna Christensen, who played the harp. Children were also invited to have their faces painted before being treated to a visit from a 'real' superhero - Batman.

 

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The event was organised by Dr Reena Perchard and Professor Peter Clayton, alongside the Paediatric Endocrine team, with support from The Magic Foundation (US), the Child Growth Foundation (UK-based), Turner Syndrome Society and the CHAMP team based at RMCH, who offer an online platform which allows parents to view and track their child's growth, discretely and at a time of their convenience (www.champ.cmft.nhs.uk).

Dr Reena Perchard said: "The event has been a great success and it was lovely to see our patients and visitors engaging with their growth in such a fun way. We expect the event to grow bigger and better each year. It's so important to spread the message: 'it's not just about height, it's about health.'"

To find out more about International Children's Growth Awareness Day and how you can monitor growth, please visit:

www.icosep.org
www.magicfoundation.org
www.childgrowthfoundation.org
www.tss.org.uk