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My 8 1/2-year-old daughter is 47 inches tall. I am a short- statured adult, just under 5 ft. (My husband is 5'11.) My daughter would have to grow just over 12 inches to reach my height. Is it possible she can growth this much in the next 4-5 years? Don't girls generally stop growing by age 12-13? Thank you.
    
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Most healthy children will grow to a height that is somewhere between their mother’s and father’s heights. Using these factors, a method of predicting your daughter’s adult height would be to add her parents' heights together, divide by two, then subtract three inches (for a boy you add three inches). Using these calculations, your daughter will be slightly taller than you (62 inches). While this method is fairly accurate, a child’s ultimate height can vary by as much as three inches above or below this calculation.

The peak of the adolescent growth spurt in girls occurs at about age 11-13 years for height. The adolescent growth spurt for girls slows to a crawl about two years after they start menstruating. While most girls experience their first period sometime during their 12th or 13th year, there is a wide range of normal (as early as 9 years or as late as 15 years). Breast and pubic hair development usually occur 2-years before the first period starts.

 

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