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As your kids grow, so do their nutritional needs.

In general, the older kids get, the more nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. But the nutrients they need can vary, depending on age, gender, and respective growth and activity levels. For example, a kid might need more protein at age 9 than at age 2, and a teen girl might need slightly less vitamin C than a teen boy of the same age, according to the Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine.

To help keep your child's growth on track, use the growth charts below, which reflect the standard rate of growth in optimal conditions for kids by age:

In addition, you could incorporate BOOST® Kid Essentials Nutritionally Complete Drink, which contains 24 essential vitamins and minerals to help support proper growth, into a balanced diet for your child.

Keep in mind that every kid grows at a unique pace, so it can be normal for minor differences from the standard to occur on occassion, especially during puberty. If you notice that your child's growth rate suddenly slows, or if you have any questions about his or her growth in general, consult your child's doctor.

Source: Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine of the National Academics. Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Recommended Dietary Allowances and Adequate Intakes, 2011.

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