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Growth disorder

Growth disorder: Baby is measured

Growth disorder in babies are used to describe poor growth, or the growth failure in a baby. Stature and growth problems are a sign of undernutrition, which a baby may experience for a number of reasons. Height and weight gain are fastest during a baby’s first year. In general, a baby’s height will increase by 50% from birth to 12 months.


Why does my baby have stature and growth problems?

There are different reasons for growth problems in babies, including food allergies, e.g. Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA). In addition parents may not offer their baby enough food, babies may have a small appetite, or a problem with their digestive system, e.g. frequent reflux (see Reflux), or diarrhea (see Diarrhea).


Could it be Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy?

Stature and growth problems are common symptoms for babies with CMPA. Babies with CMPA usually experience more than just one symptom and these symptoms can be very different from one another.

If you think that your baby has stature and growth problems, it could be CMPA. You may have even noticed other symptoms (besides stature and growth problems), which may affect other parts of your baby’s body.

For a simple and easy way to check common symptoms associated with CMPA, you can use our symptom checker.


In any case, if you have any doubts or concerns about your baby’s health, you should always seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Mothers should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding even when their babies have cow’s milk protein allergy. This usually requires qualified dietary counseling to completely exclude all sources of cow’s milk protein from the mothers’ diet. If a decision to use a special formula intended for infants is taken, it is important to follow the instructions on the label. Unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution can make babies ill. Incorrect storage, handling, preparation and feeding can eventually lead to adverse effects on the health of babies. Formula for special medical purposes intended for infants must be used under medical supervision.