Clinical Research

Published in the Journal of Pediatrics

Nutrition Clinically Shown to Help Kids Grow

For parents concerned about their child’s short stature researchers from the Schneider Children’s Medical Center discovered that supplementing the diet of a child aged 3-9 who is short and lean with the nutrition in Healthy Height effectively and safely increases the rate of linear growth.

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In a prospective, randomized, controlled trial (PRCT), 200 healthy, lean, short, prepubertal children, 3-9 years-old were ordered an intervention with Healthy Height nutrition (n =100) or the placebo supplement (n=100) along with their evening meal for 6 months.

At 6 months, the children who consumed at least half of the recommended daily intake of Healthy Height nutrition demonstrated significant increases in height and weight, compared to children consuming the control supplement.

Further, the Healthy Height group showed positive correlations between the amount of Healthy Height nutrition consumed per body weight and gains in height and weight. No significant correlations were found in the control group.

Additionally, although the Healthy Height group showed significant improvements in both height and weight, there was no increase in body mass index (BMI, a measure of body fatness), showing that growth was proportional, not obesogenic.

These findings demonstrate that dietary supplementation with Healthy Height nutrition effectively and safely promotes healthy growth in short and lean prepubertal children ages 3-9.

Nutrition Clinically Shown to Improve Sleep Patterns

If a child is experiencing trouble sleeping start by looking at the amount of calories he or she is consuming each day. Researchers have found a positive correlation between the amount of time a child slept and his or her caloric and macronutrient intake. More specifically, when researchers were evaluating the results from our clinical study they found participants who were consuming the nutrition in Healthy Height fell asleep faster than those with poor consumption.

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This study was a prospective randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study of nutritional supplements in 164 healthy lean, short, prepubertal children with 83 in the supplement group and 81 in the placebo group. From November 2010 to November 2013, we focussed on children aged three to nine years referred for specialist growth assessments to the Schneider Children’s Medical Center, Israel. Progress was assessed using anthropometric measurements, sleep questionnaires and three-day food diaries at baseline and after the six-month intervention.

Children in the supplement group who took at least 50% of the recommended dose had shorter sleep latency than those who did not (p=0.046). Children who fell asleep in less than 15 minutes had significantly improved standard deviation scores forweight (0.250.34 versus 0.070.36, p=0.044) and height (0.090.13 versus0.030.13, p=0.057) than those who took longer to fall asleep. Positive correlations were found between mean sleep duration and caloric and macronutrient intake per kilogram.

The conclusion of this study is that adequate nutritional intake was associated with better sleep patterns and may enhance linear growth*.

**While the relationship of sleep and growth has not yet been proven, good nutrition and sleeping habits are critical during childhood and may improve growth outcomes.