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Does my child need a growth supplement?

Q: I have a 1-year-old baby girl. Her height is 50 cm and weight is 7 kg. I'm really worried about her weight. A paediatrician prescribed Mosegor syrup to be taken thrice a day. On opening the syrup bottle we found a pamphlet inside which said that it is not for children under two years of age. Is this true? Earlier, she was taking Heraclene but only once a day.

A:I would strongly advise you against giving your child any of the two medications, Heraclene or Mosegor. From the information given by you, your child's length at present age of 1 year and 3 months is only 50 cm. I doubt very much if it is correct. Fifty cm is the normal length of a new-born baby. If it is correct, your child needs a thorough evaluation for such a short stature. My concern would be a lot more for length than weight.


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