Children's Growth Awareness Week
September 19 - 25, 2021
Is your child growing normally?
Did you know that abnormal growth is an early indicator of an underlying medical condition?
Children have a short time to grow and a lifetime to live with those results ®
Did you know?
There are hundreds of medical conditions that affect physical growth in children
Children only have a short time to grow, but a lifetime to live with the results
If growth is ignored it can have a major impact on the overall health and wellness throughout life.
Tracking physical growth is a crucial step toward monitoring your child’s health. Growth delay, even accelerated growth, can be early indicators of an underlying medical disorder. Tracking growth over time is important because it helps to identify trends. People come in all shapes, sizes, and heights. The purpose of following growth on a chart is to insure that your child is growing at the proper rate.
On July 23, 2014 the U.S. Senate passed the Growth Awareness Resolution, S. Res. 489, acknowledging children's Growth Awareness Week! This is the first time in American history that the federal government has acknowledged the importance of what a child's growth pattern can say about their overall health. Mary Andrews, Co-Founder of The MAGIC Foundation which spearheaded this effort, explained that there are hundreds of medical conditions which can impact a child's growth. "If, as parents, we understand how important annual measurements are, and what they can reveal about our child's health, we know to obtain medical care early, instead of waiting to see if they "outgrow" a problem. Because abnormal growth is a major indicator of a child's overall health. The goal is to educate parents and give doctors more time to intervene if needed to help the child before permanent damage occurs."
HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN HELP SPREAD
THE WORD ABOUT GROWTH AWARENESS
1. Social Media - Share the messages below throughout the week
These messages are set and sized to be used on Twitter
Sept. 19-25 is Children’s Growth Awareness Week. Is your child growing normally? Did you know that growth delay is an early indicator of an underlying medical condition? Help us spread awareness! bit.ly/2O7A5UY #MyGrowthMyHealth #MoreThanHeight #ChildGrowthAwareness
Growth Charts are one of the most powerful tools you can use to determine if your child is growing properly. Measuring a child & plotting them on a growth chart is easy. Find measuring instructions & your free growth charts here: bit.ly/2bSxiQV #MoreThanHeight
This week we create awareness for children with growth disorders. You can help spread the word by sharing this message. MAGIC's Motto: Children have a short time to grow & a lifetime to live with those results. bit.ly/2CMkUzq #ChildGrowthAwareness #MyGrowthMyHealth
Maintaining a normal growth pattern is a good indicator of a child's overall good health. Failure to grow at least 2" per year, after age 3, can be nature’s early warning sign that your child could have a medical issue. bit.ly/2c9tGGo #MoreThanHeight #MyGrowthMyHealth
In the first year of life, children should grow 7-10 inches. During the second year, an average of 5 inches. In the third year, growth averages 3 inches. After age 3 & until puberty, growth should be at least 2 inches per year. bit.ly/2c9tGGo #ChildGrowthAwareness
Parents know their kids better than anyone. Too fast or slow, a child's growth pattern is a major sign of their overall health. If you think your child is not growing normally you can track your child's growth at home. bit.ly/2bWab5z #MyGrowthMyHealth #MoreThanHeight
Did you know that children who are growing too quickly or entering puberty too soon may have a medical condition? Children should be measured at least twice a year & have their growth tracked on a growth chart. bit.ly/2bWab5z #MyGrowthMyHealth #ChildGrowthAwareness
Height is nature's early warning signal; a visual alarm for parents & physicians. There are hundreds of medical conditions that can affect physical growth in children. bit.ly/2bWab5z #ChildGrowthAwareness #MyGrowthMyHealth
2. Share the Growth Awareness Week Press Release with local media for additional coverage
3. Distrubute Flyers
Print and distribute an item below. They can be distributed at your child's school, workplace, grocery store, church or community center. Do you work in an office building or a medical building? Consider printing the below door hanger and hanging them on every office door!
4. Change your social media profile picture
During Growth Awareness Week, choose one of the below ribbons to use as your profile picture to show your support for a family member or friend.
This banner is set and sized to be used as your profile cover on Facebook
These awareness ribbons are set and sized to be used as your profile picture on Facebook
History of Growth Awareness Week
The founders of MAGIC have worked tirelessly for decades to bring about awareness regarding the importance of monitoring children's growth. In September of 2011 an effort began to spread the simple message: Is your child growing normally? Find out! The families on MAGIC's social networks rallied in such a big way that it started an annual educational event. In 2012, again in the month of September, the simple text via emails and posts reached into more than 30 countries. Moms and dads in many languages were learning this basic and yet crucial information and had an online resource to find some answers. Flyers were made by some energetic parents and distributed at schools, some families had walks, others were interviewed by their local media. It was truly an "event" driven by the compassion of parents to help kids they would probably never meet.
In 2013, families began to push for more "legitimate" recognition of growth disorders. The average person seeing reports of sports idols abusing the medications so desperately needed by these kids was seen as a "designer" drug to get bigger and stronger by those with healthy bodies. And after some consideration, it was decided to try and get Congress to declare a Growth Awareness Week. The thought was daunting...but have you ever tried to tell a mother NO who was on a mission? Try telling thousands of moms and dads NO.
In June of 2014, with the help of MAGIC's staff, and MAGIC's teams of parents, other growth impacting organizations such as the Turner Syndrome Society, legislation was introduced. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) sponsored the bill with Senator Menendez (D-NJ) completed the bi-partisan circle and the resolution passed unanimously. Senator Hagan (D-NC), the Turner Syndrome Society and numerous others from around the country joined The MAGIC Foundation's initiative in support of this resolution. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and other Endocrine Societies worldwide have endorsed Growth Awareness Week. S. Res. 489 raises much needed awareness to the special patients our children are and their often under-recognized challenges.
What does this resolution mean to families of already diagnosed children?
The decision to support Growth Awareness helps kids and their families feel some relief that people are finally taking their medical challenges seriously. Height is just a visible marker of their health and growing says they are getting healthy. Children have a short time to grow and a lifetime to live with those results ®
Official Senate Language
SRES 489 IS
S. RES. 489
Supporting the goals and ideals of "Growth Awareness Week".
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 26, 2014 Mr. KIRK submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
RESOLUTION Supporting the goals and ideals of Growth Awareness Week.
Whereas, according to the Pictures of Standard Syndromes and Undiagnosed Malformations database (commonly known as the POSSUM database), more than 600 serious diseases and health conditions cause growth failure;
Whereas health conditions that cause growth failure may affect the overall health of a child; Whereas short stature may be a symptom of a serious underlying health condition; Whereas children with growth failure are often undiagnosed;
Whereas, according to the MAGIC Foundation for children's growth, 48 percent of children in the United States who were evaluated for the 2 most common causes of growth failure were undiagnosed with growth failure;
Whereas the longer a child with growth failure goes undiagnosed, the greater the potential for damage and higher costs of care;
Whereas early detection and a diagnosis of growth failure are crucial to ensure a healthy future for a child with growth failure; Whereas raising public awareness of, and educating the public about, growth failure is a vital public service;
Whereas providing resources for identification of growth failure will allow for early detection;
and Whereas the MAGIC Foundation for children's growth has designated the third week of September as "Growth Awareness Week":
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate--
(1) designates the third week of September 2014 as "Growth Awareness Week"; and
(2) supports the goals and ideals of "Growth Awareness Week".