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  • A look at the Menstrual Cycle for Teens
  • American children not drinking enough milk
  • Are you an Askable Parent?
  • Battery of Tests Helps Determine Health of the Newborn
  • Body Mass Index
  • Breast Budding in Girls
  • Can Juvenile Diabetes be Prevented?
  • CDC Issues Diabetes warning for children
  • Cervical cancer awareness month
  • Child has whole Team to Help Manage Diabetes
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
  • Disorders That Affect Adolescents
  • Do You Know How Your Child Grows?
  • Do You Know How Your Child Grows?
  • Eight Steps to Sensible Eating
  • Growing Up As A Girl
  • Growth Charts
  • Growth Facts
  • Help your Teen Lose Weight
  • Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar) in Children
  • Hypothroidism in Children
  • Inhalant Abuse is on the Rise
  • Interactive Height Calculator
  • Intrauterine Growth Retardation
  • Just For Guys - All About Puberty
  • Menstrual Period - Late or Missed
  • Menstruation Need Not be Painful
  • More Girls Try Taking Steroids to Tone Up
  • Newborn Screening: Frequently Asked Questions
  • News Parents can Use: Ear Infections - Peanut Allery - Low Fat Diets
  • Our Resources for Avoiding a Parent's Worst Nightmare - Substance Abuse
  • Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Guidelines for Parents and Athletes
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Premature Thelarche
    Early Breast Development
  • Puberty - Time for "The Talk"
  • Puberty - What happens When?
  • Sports Conditioning & Menstrual Dysfunction
  • Talking to Kids about Puberty
  • Teasing and the Short Child
  • Testing the Newborn for Metabolic Birth Defects
  • The Effects of Anabolic Steroid Abuse
  • The Pituitary Gland: What is does and how it works
  • The Pro's and Con's of Cows Milk
  • Turner Syndrome Growth Chart
  • TWO STATISTICS THAT SHOULD CONCERN PARENTS
  • Type 2 Diabetes in Children: Inevitable or Preventable?
  • Vitamin D: Is your child getting enough?
  • What are vaginal adhesions?
  • What Disorders are newborns screened for?
  • What Influences Growth
  • What is Premature Adrenarche
  • When Puberty Happens Early
  • When Puberty is Delayed
  • Why steroids are the new teen drug
  • Your (Constantly) Growing Child
  • Your Child has Diabetes
  • Health Information from our Experts

  • My son is 5 years old and is 41" tall and weighs only 35 lbs. Should I be concerned? ...
  • I recently noticed that my teenage son would not take his shirt off in public. When I asked him why, he told me that his breasts are swollen. What causes this condition and will it go away? ...
  • I'm concernced about my daughter's rate of growth. She is six years old and has not gained any weight in over 1 1/2 years. She has always been small for her age. Any nutrition recommendations you could provide would be appreciated. Thanks...
  • My 8-year-old nephew is extremely thin. He is about 3'10" - 3'11" tall and weighs 50 pounds. My sister and her husband are VERY "health conscious," eat only low- or no-fat foods, exercise 1-2 hours per day, and my nephew's diet is extremely controlled-...
  • My daughter always was the tallest in her class. She had her major growth spurt when she was nine and was 5'7" then. She is now 16 and has only gained one inch in seven years. When she had her growth spurt, she had horrible growing pains in her legs, and t...
  • I would really like to grow more, so that I am at least 5-10. I am 16 years old and 5-7". Is there any sort of diet or foods, that can assist me in meeting my goal??? Is it possible to see a doctor who can approximate my future growth?? At what age, will ...
  • Doctor's discovered female internal sex organs in our friends newborn son during surgery. The doctor explained that it was quite common. I have never heard of this before. How does this happen? ...
  • My ten year old son has not grown since his ninth birthday. At age ten he is now 4' 6" any in the past his growth has been steady at about four inches per year. Do I have cause for concern?...
  • My daughter is 10 years old and weighs 125 lbs. She is 5' tall.Is this normal? ...
  • My son is 5 years old and is 41" tall and weighs only 35 lbs. Should I be concerned? He otherwise is very energetic and healthy....
  • My ten-year-old son has not grown since his ninth birthday.At age ten he is now 4' 6" any in the past his growth has been steady at about four inches per year. Do I have cause for concern?...
  • How do you know when a child is growing properly? My seven-year-old is being passed up by his four-year-old brother. Can this be normal? Is there a test to determine if he needs hormones? Also, is it true that kids only grow when they are sleeping? ...
  • We were told that my 14 year old son has a low testosterone level of 13.9 but then we were told to wait a few more months before any treatment. What is a normal level? He has not yet experienced any signs of puberty yet except that he has large breast. ...
  • At what age during puberty do most girls experience the most growth? ...
  • My step-daughter is 16 years old. Her breasts have barely started to develop and I do not believe that she has any public or underarm hair (although I have not askedor checked. She has not started her period yet. Is there a certain age that I should start ...
  • My son is 17 in, has no body hair and is about 5'5" tall. Over the last six months his voice has changed a little. He is very distraught about being a junior in high school and not going through puberty. We had a bone age scan a couple of years ago and i...
  • How do I get my 7 year old to at least try new foods? He has a limited menu still at 7. He will eat fruits, corn, peanut butter (everyday) pizza, etc. but no real meat. He used to eat hot dogs, and stuff like that but says he was tired of them so he gave...
  • My 9 year old son is one of the shortest in his third grade class. He is 51 3/4 inches. My husband thinks this is because he's not a big eater. He eats as much as he wants (healthy foods) and quits when he's full. What do you think? My husband is 6ft.2 in...
  • My 13-year-old son is worried that he is not normal. All of his friends are growing taller while he has stayed the same height for years. He still has not developed any facial, pubic, or underarm hair. Should we take him to our pediatrician? ...
  • We have an 8 1/2 year old daughter who seems to have a body odor. I started having her use deodorant, but that does not seem to help. Is this normal or should we see the doctor about this?

    My 9 year son bathes regularly, but still has body odor. ...

  • My son just turned 13, he is 5'7 and a half and 150 pounds. He is very involved in sports and is anxious to know how tall he will be when he is done growing. How tall do you think he will be ? Thank you for your help....
  • My boy just turned age 12. He is 5 foot 3inches in height and weights 140 pounds. He has played football for five years and really loves it. He wants to play junior varsity. I do not want him to be disappointed if he is not big enough to play. He is big ...
  • My daughter is nine years old, 47” and 48 pounds. She has always been in the 5 percentile for growth and below the 50 percentile for weight. Her father’s side of the family is average to below average in size with Mom’s side of the family being average...
  • My baby was born premature with Graves disease. Could you give me some information about treating this condition?...
  • My 9-year-old daughter is average in weight and height compared to her class mates. She has a small tender mass directly under her left nipple. It is the size of her areola. She has been wearing underarm deodorant for a little over a year. Is she go...
  • I am inquiring about giving human growth hormone to my 5 year old son. At birth his height was normal and his growth continued to be normal until he was 18 months when he dropped to the 5 percentile range. He continued to stay at the 5th percentile whe...
  • My daughter is nine years old, 47" and 48 pounds. She has always been in the 5th percentile for growth and below the 50 percentile for weight. Her father's side of the family is average to below average in size and her mother's side of the family is ...
  • I am the father of a twelve years old boy who is going through puberty. I have noticed that he is starting to develop breasts. The reason I'm sure about this is because I also developed breasts around the same age ,but my parents ignored it even though...
  • I am African-American, 15 years old and weigh too much. My mother and grandfather have diabetes. Should I worry about having being tested for diabetes? ...
  • I am 14 years old and want to lift weights to become stronger. Is it okay to do that at my age?...
  • What is Turner’s Syndrome? My 9 month old son is in the 50th percentile for height, but has always been in the 5th percentile for weight. My pediatrician says that we may test him for Turner’s syndrome if his weight does not increase. ...
  • Our almost-6-year old has been diagnosed with short stature and failure to thrive. She was always been in the 20% for height and weight but in the last year has dropped to the 10% percentile in height. Our pediatrician had her tested for pituitary and th...
  • My son is 3 years old and weighs 30 lbs. He has a very poor appetite and I worry about his size. Is he normal?...
  • I have a 4 year old nephew who has a delayed speech problem. His speech is at the level of an 18 month old has been receiving speech therapy in school. My question is lately he has become a very aggressive child. He see's the children he plays with hit...
  • My 4 1/2 year old daughter has complained of "pain in her breast" the pediatrician told us she may be experiencing early breast development but has taken blood tests to rule out other conditions. Also isn't she extremely young for breast development? T...
  • I am 14 years old and my breasts haven’t grown. My mother is worried. Should I be?...
  • At what age does puberty begin for most girls? ...
  • My son is 11 years old. He is 5'3" and weighs about 130 lbs. My concern is that his genitals are very small, about the size of a toddler's and he seems to be developing breasts. I attributed some of this to his being overweight. More recently, he has becom...
  • Could someone send me a list of the Tanner stages of Puberty? I had the list once, but cannot locate it. ...
  • We are concerned about out oldest son. He is almost 9 and is only 49 inches and has just gotten to 50 lbs. This puts him in the 10th percentile. We could see that he was smaller than most kids by the time he was 3 to 4 and he has consistently been bel...
  • My son is 39 months old and weighs 29 pounds and is 35.5 inches. He was 9lbs. 3 oz. at birth and was 21 1/4 inches. At 8 weeks old he was hospitalized for 8 days with RSV. Since that time he has been slow with his motor skills (walked at 15 months) and...
  • My son has been seeing a specialist for his growth since he was 3. He had a bone age X-ray done at 4 1/2 years, and his bone age was 2.8 years. We went back to the doctor, and just when we were about to start hormone therapy, he grew 2 inches. However...
  • My 10 year old son is under 50' tall and the shortest kid in his school (9-13 age range). He is normal looking in every way but very small and delicate. He has had no ill health. I am 5'9' and his mother is 5'0'. Is there anyway to predict how his growth w...
  • I'm a single adoptive father and my eight year old son Kevin seems to have come down with somthing. He seems to eat constantly and is always thirsty. He also sleeps for hours on end. He was abused before I adopted him, could it be an emotional problem? ...
  • I'm a fifteen year old girl and I'm a bit concern about my growing rate. I'm wondering what is the average height and weight for a fifteen year old girl and the average height increase per year. Also at approximately what age would a teenager start his/her...
  • My son is 11 years old and is 5'3" and weighs about 130 lbs. My concern is that his genitals are very small, about the size of a toddler's. He also seems to be developing breasts. I attributed some of this to his being overweight. How worried should...
  • My 6-year-old son is short. Both parents are 5 ft 5 in. We would like him to be a little taller. His pediatrician says that although he is below average in height, he is growing fine. My cousin got some kind of shots when he was about 12 and he sprouted...
  • My daughter is three months shy of her sixth birthday and is 39" tall. I am 5'4 and my husband is 5'5". She is by far the shortest child in her kindergarten class. A friend of mine said something about getting a bone age test. What do you think?...
  • I have a 2 yr. old son who is 32" tall. He comes from a short family on both sides. The geneticist recommended having an MRI performed to find out if there was a cyst on his pituitary gland. She also found out that he is low in two of his growth hormo...
  • We are concerned with our 13 year old son's height and weight. He has always been under the 50th percentile, but now at 13 he is at the 10th percentile for height and weight. He has always had a "nervous" stomach and gets sick easily, from eating the "...
  • Can the "genetic blueprint" be modified in any way? In other words if a child (in good health)would most likely be in the 10% percentile based on his parents height- can growth hormones ever allow him to surpass the height that nature intended for him? ...
  • My daughter is 12 years old and has not started with her periods yet. She was told by some friends that she had to gain weight before she could begin her periods. She is 60 inches tall and weighs 85 pounds. Is weight a factor in when a girl starts her me...
  • My 12 yr old son is 4'6" tall, 83# and going into the 7th grade. His 2 older brothers are 5'8",151# and 14yrs old, and 6', 143# and 15yrs old. His 2 younger sisters are both taller than him. Should I be concerned about this or not. He has not hit pube...
  • My is 14 years and is still in stage 1 of male genital growth. What I wanted to know if there is a problem with his growth or his growth of the penis is slow. Also he gets nervous when we or his doctor talk about this. ...
  • My son is thirteen years old. He is 6'1", weighs about 180 pounds and wears a size 16 shoe. Is this normal? His father is 5'9" and I am 5'4". Do you think he will continue to grow? ...
  • My 9 ½ year old son is 59 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. Since 18 months he has always been off the growth charts. At his last checkup, the pediatrician stated that he wanted to begin checking blood pressures and cholesterol on a regular basis and th...
  • My son is 13yrs old and 64.5ins. He has always been in the 75th percentile on the growth chart. Just after his 12th birthday in June of '98 he started going through puberty. My concern is if my son will grow taller. My husband is only 67ins and I'm 63in...
  • Hi My daughter is now four years old. She was born with pulmonary hypertension, and other problems she was in ICU for almost three months, and didn’t hardly gain any weight at all and has been small ever since. She is 32 inches tall and only weighs 23lbs...
  • My doctor wants to do a bone age test on my daughter. Can you explain what this test will show?...
  • My 10 year old son is under 50' tall and the shortest kid in his school (9-13 age range). He is normal looking in every way but very small and delicate. He has had no ill health. I am 5'9' and his mother is 5'0'. Is there anyway to predict how his growth...
  • Should I be concerned about my son's weight. He is 9 years old, 53 in. tall and weighs about 82 lbs. He's also perceptibly somewhat chunky, even overweight I would say.My preference would be to do nothing, but do worry that maybe I should try to chang...
  • My friend's daughter, who just turned 12, is 52" tall and weighs 68 pounds. My friend is concerned about the physical growth of her daughter. I looked at your growth and weight charts and noted that the daughter is just below the 10th percentile, both in...
  • My 15 year old son was tested for growth hormones, his level was 0.05. In the fall we will be going to an Endocrnologst. I don't have enough understanding of the subject to make a proper choice when we do see the Dr. Please advise where I can find informa...
  • My husband and I have a 2yr.old daughter. She weighed 8lbs.8oz.at birth, but has not been on the weight chart since. At present she is almost 21lbs. She is a good eater, and is doing everything that she should be for her age. However, we are concerned ab...
  • My 9 year old has been diagnosed with precocious puberty. An endocrinologist has determined that at her current growth rate, she will fall below 5', so he prescribed monthly injections of Lupron to reverse her puberty and hopefully get more growth. I am co...
  • My eleven-year-old son is only 50 inches tall and weights 50 pounds. After checking your charts, he is way below normal. His father is 70 inches and I am 60 inches. Should we have him tested to see if his growth hormone levels are correct? ...
  • Our daughter is going to be eight years old next month and I am starting to think about talking to her about growing up, getting her period, etc. What do I say? How much do I tell her about sex at this age? Is eight too young? I bought her a workbook and...
  • My 10 1/2 yr old son is going through puberty. A year ago he had a camp physical and was at a Tanner stage one. His pediatrician now says he is at a late three stage. He has some pubic and underarm hair. His voice is not changing, but he is having some p...
  • Both of my children are small for their age. My son is 12 and my daughter is 14. When would I see a growth spurt in either of them?...
  • My 10 1/2 yr old son is going through puberty. A year ago he had a camp physical and was at a Tanner stage one. His pediatrician now says he is at a late three stage. He has some pubic and underarm hair. His voice is not changing, but he is having some p...
  • I have a daughter who just turned four years old. She is 49 inches tall and weighs 83 lbs. When she was 3yrs, old our pediatrician did a bone age test that was more than five years. Should I be concerned about her growth? My daughter is turning out to be...
  • My 14-year-old daughter got her first period at the age of ten, and has not grown much since then. She's only 5 ft. I'm 5 ft 6 and my husband's 5 ft 9. How tall do you think she is going to be? I would think that she would be at least my height? ...
  • My son is 13 and is showing no signs of sexual maturation in the genital area. Should we be concerned?...
  • What conditions can cause a child to go through puberty early?...
  • I am worried that my teenage daughter may be bulimic. How can I tell?...
  • Can my emotions and stress levels affect my fifth grader’s growth and development? What can I do to help him (he is a sensitive kid)? ...
  • My son started growing in height this past year and is now 67 inches. . He is anxious to know how much more he can expect to grow. He has some hair under his arms, but no facial hair. His voice has become deeper this year also. He would like to know th...
  • My 14 year old grows an average of three inches per year. What constitutes a "growth spurt?." She still has not menstruated. She is 5'3" and weighs 90 pounds. I know girls usually have a growth spurt just prior to menstruating and I am now wondering...
  • My daughter is almost four years old and weights 50 pounds. Is this considered overweight?...
  • My son would like to know how tall he will be (educated guess). He is currently 5'4" and 115-120lbs, and just turned 13. I'm (mother) 5'8" and his father is 5'10". Isn't there a way to estimate this? My side of the family is all very tall and his fath...
  • My grandson is 5yrs old. He has some incredible mood swings and he becomes very aggressive and defiant. We have a family has a history of diabetes. I took his blood sugar the other day after the kids were playing and it read 42. After I feed him a sandwi...
  • My son just turned 16 years old. He is about 5'3" and weighs about 135 pounds. He seemed to stop growing when he was about 11 1/2. At 13, we took him to a pediatric endocrinologist, who had a bone age study done. As of that time, his bone age was about ...
  • My son when born at full term weighed 9lbs, and was 56cms long (97th percentile). Since birth, he has been slow to grow. He is now 5 3/4, and measures 40 inches. His weight is in proportion to his height. In every other aspect, he is perfectly fine. We ...
  • My 16 yr old daughter has one breast that is very much larger than the other. The nipple lines are very asymmetrical without a bra. I know that one breast can be smaller but this is quite obvious and I'm concerned. Will this resolve given the fact that...
  • My daughter is almost eight years old and is 42 inches tall and weighs 40 pounds. Since birth she has always been below the chart in the minus percentile range. She has made her own curve and it had been slowly going up but now seems to be leveling off...
  • My daughter is 12 years old. She is 5'5" and shows no signs of slowing down in her growth. She is a few inches taller than her 14-year-old sister. She has long arms, legs, hands, feet and body. I am 5' 5 1/2". My husband is 5' 11". We have four other chi...
  • I have identical twin boys. They are five years 11 months old and weigh 36 lbs. and are 43 inches tall. It appears to me that they are well below the 5% line in your weight chart. Should I be worried, and if so, what treatments should my doctor be recomm...
  • Hi, I'm a 13-year-old girl. I'm 5'1.5" tall and weigh 125 pounds. I got my period when I was 11. My parents are 5'1" and 5'10"; my brother is 5'11" (age 16). I have a couple of questions. Do you think there is more growing time for me? What is a bone age...
  • I am 13 yrs. years old, 122 lbs and 4'10. I feel that I am short for my age because most of my friends have grown taller and I have not had a growth spurt. I do have my menstruation. I've heard that if you have pimples you can still grow taller because t...
  • I am 14 and about 64 inches. I've looked at your height chart and it looks like I might be around 6 ft when I’m grown although I’m not sure. my dad is 6 ft and my mom is 5 ft. I started puberty about a year ago but I haven't had my growth spurt yet. My ...
  • My three year old daughter has a small lump under her breast on the left side. Is this normal? Is she going through early puberty? ...
  • My 8 yr 8 mo old daughter told me her right breast hurt. After examining it, she does appear to have a lump below her nipple. Is this a breast bud? If so, should it hurt? She says it does and that her left one is starting to hurt also. Is this normal...
  • Is it true that a boy's future height can be determined by doubling his height at age two? I am only 5'4 and my husband is 5'10 but my son measued 37 and one half inches at his 2 year appointment. He is the average height of a 34 month old child. Is it pos...
  • My daughter is 8 years old. She is very fit. She weighs 64 lbs and is 49 inches high. How consistent is a child’s growth relative to the growth charts in the web site? Could she grow beyond the 40 % percentile height that she appears to be in? I am 5' 10...
  • I weigh 120 pounds. My dad is 69 inches and my mom is 65 inches. I run cross-country and play basketball. I am currently going through puberty changes. What is the tallest that you think I will be?...
  • My son is 12 and 1/2. He is 5'10", 220lbs wears a size 14 shoe. He is active and has always played organized basketball, football etc.(he is not a couch potato) My husband is 6'1 and I am 5'10. My dad is 6'5". He is just beginning to show signs of pubert...
  • Our son is 12 years old and very small compared to the others in his grade. How do I know if he will be short as an adult and is there anything we can do to help him? Mom is 5'3 1/2" and Dad is 5'8", but we both have taller siblings. Is our son destined...
  • My niece is 11yrs five months and 50 inches and 80 pounds. She has always been below normal in height. Our concern is that we feel her periods will start soon. (Breast development and pubic hair started about 12 months ago)and we heard from some doctors...
  • Thank you so much for your quick response to my question. However I am unable to access the Tanner stages of Sexual Development on your site. Can you redirect me? Thanks again!...
  • When does a girl start having pelvic exams and pap smears? ...
  • My baby daughter is 8 months and was growing steadily along the 50th percentile. Now she has dropped and is plateauing. Why is this occurring and what can I do? She is on 3 breast feeds and 3 meals a day. Thank you. ...
  • Does a child's percentile height and weight, if the same through ages 0-6, normally stay within that range until age 18?...
  • Our daughter is eleven years old. She is only 49" tall (& weighs about 60). She is well proportioned and healthy, but she is much shorter than anyone in her class. She has always been shorter, but there is so much of a difference now that some of her fri...
  • I am a boy 17 years old and 5'7 tall. Am I tall or short? Do I have a chance to grow up to 5'10? I've been told that I can grow after 18 years old and bones may be not fused completely at the age 18.Is that right? Thanks... ...
  • I am 9 years old. I am 4 feet 6inches and 80 pounds is this normal?...
  • My son is 14 years old. He turned 14 in July. The only sign that he started puberty is that he has pubic hair which started around 13 years. He is about 62in. tall but only weighs around 90lbs. We had the bone age test done on him and the doctor said that ...
  • I am 14 and almost 5'4. My moms about 5'1 and my dad's about 6 ft. I am wondering what stage I am in development. I've changed a lot in the face and my voice has deepened a little and my legs have gotten a little bit hairy but I don't think I’ve had my...
  • We live in London and recently noticed that our son has stopped growing at 156.3 cm for the last 12 months. A pediatrician took his wrist x-ray and told us that his bone age is 15.5 against his natural age of 14.88. He said everything was 'normal' and w...
  • My daughter is 5'3". She just turned 11 and started her period. I am 5'8" and her father is 6'1". I have read that on the average she will grow 2 more inches. I have also read that she has two more years of growing. What do you predict her height t...
  • My son is 5 years and 3 months. He had a bone age test done last week. The result is within the normal range, his bone age is 4 years. He is 40 inches tall, 35 pounds. His birth height is 19 inches. His height and weight have always been around the 5t...
  • I have searched your questions/answer section regarding growth retardation. My son, who will be six in January of 2000 has always lingered at or below the 5th percentile in height and weight. For the past year, he has developed quite an appetite. As a re...
  • My daughter is 5 years old and just stared kindergarden. Over the summer she started having panic attacks in public and at home. When she gets upset she will begin running around the room scared stiff and crying. Her whole body tenses up and it's very h...
  • My 8 year old daughter is on the 5th percentile for height and was always small and underweight. She was hospitalized at 10 months of age for failure to thrive. However, over the past several months, she has been gaining weight rapidly and is now abo...
  • I have heard of an alternative formula of determining a child's height other than averaging parents height and the percentage. It has been suggested that a girl's height at age two when doubled could approximate her total height. I am wondering--is this ...
  • My son turned 10 in January. He just informed me that he has developed some pubic hair. If he was a girl, I wouldn't be surprised. But isn't this too early for a boy? He has no hair under his arms or on his face. If this is the first sign of pubert...
  • Hi, I have a question about fitness and weight loss. I was a chubby child, and ever since puberty I've been losing weight and becoming very muscular. However, I am 16 now and I still have a lot of fat and a protruding gut which really bothers me. I've t...
  • My 12 year old son recently had xrays done for an orthodontist. One of the xrays that he requested was an xray of my son's left hand and wrist. I understand that this was assess the "growth plate" however he gave us no information about the xray. I have...
  • I have identical twin boys in 8th grade who are about to turn 14. One of the boys ("Running Twin") took-up competitive running three years ago as he was beginning 5th grade at the age of 10 years, 10 months. Earlier that summer at age 10 years, 8 mont...
  • I'm 14 and about 5'4' My mom is 5'0' and my dad is 6'0'. Most of my moms relatives are short (from a range of 4'11 to 5'3 for girls and 5'5 to 5'9 for guys) but my dad's uncles are like 6'2'. (My dad was taller than his dad). My feet are not as long but ju...
  • My 10 year old 5'1" 145lb son is playing tackle football in full gear. He enjoys it very much. He will not be allowed to play next year based on his weight. I believe that at this weight he should be able to play. The league currently has 11-13yr olds pla...
  • I am a 14 year old boy and am about 64 inches. My Dad is tall (about 6ft)and has some tall relaives and my mom is short(5ft)and has short relatives. I think i am in Tanner stage 3 because my penis has gotten larger and I have curly hair down there, my legs...
  • Hi, I am 14 years old an 6'0 1/2 140 pounds. My dad is 6'9 and my mom is 5'2. I already had a big growth spurt when i was 12 and 13. I haven't grown but about a quarter of an inch in half a year. I was wondering how tall i would be when i grow up and i...
  • I have a son who is going to be one year old. He has Graves Disease and was born with an enlarged thyroid. My question is will he out grow this or does he have to be on medication for the rest of his life? His physicians said that he should have outgrown...
  • I am 15, and just found out I am diabetic. I am getting a lot of conflicting information. Why are my ankles and feet swelling? Also, why am I getting rashes after taking my insulin shot, and going out side? ...
  • My son just had his one year well baby check. I was very disturbed to find that he has fallen considerably in the height and weight medians. At his sixth month check his height fell between the 50th and 75th percentile while this time it was between the ...
  • My son is 14 years old, he weighs 85 lbs. and is 4'10" tall. He was a premie, weighing only 4 lbs. and was 18". He has always been small for his age but since age 5 he has been on inhaled steroids for asthma. I have heard this could stunt growth. Am I worr...
  • My daughter is at ~98th% height and 95th% weight at 9 years old. She has always been in those percentile ranges. As I look at the growth charts, if she stays at those percentages, she will eventually be ~5'10", 180#. By adult standards, this is overwe...
  • My daughter was 12 in September and is 53 inches tall. My husband and myself as well as her siblings are of normal heights. I have thought that she was slow to bloom but she is beginning to show signs of puberty and I am beginning to have some conc...
  • We have a nine year old son who is 5 feet tall and weighs 103 pounds. Is there an estimate that one of you could give us as to how tall he will be as mature adult....
  • My son will be 4 on Nov. 7th 1999. He was born at 7lbs 9oz, 19 1/2". He was average size until about 1 yr. Since then he has always been on the low end of the growth charts. He is now about 27lbs and is 35" tall. He is completely normal in all other develo...
  • My son is in a growth slump. He was in the 75th percentile for height and weight as an infant. At 1 year he was in the 50th percentile. At his 15 month check-up, he has not gained weight, and now falls in the 25 percentile for both height and weight. We ha...
  • I am 13 years old. I am 67 inches while my mom is 65 inches and my dad is 69 inches. I am currently having pain in my shins under my knees, and in my main bones (humerus, femur etc.) Do you think I am having a growth spurt? How tall will I be?...
  • My son is 14 and he is currently almost 5'5 and weighs about 104 lbs (he isn't skinny) and wears a size 9 shoe. I am a little worried because his feet are quite large (wide) and are not in porportion with his legs. He started puberty at 13 but hasn't had h...
  • I recently took my daughter for her one-year checkup. Her length was in the 95th percentile, but her weight was in the fifth percentile. (16 lbs, 8 1/2 ounces). BW = 7 lbs 4 ounces. I am 5 foot 7 inches and my husband is 6 foot even. The doctor was concer...
  • Could you please explain the relationship between the Tanner stages and the bone age x-ray? My son is going through an early puberty. He is currently 10.9 years. We took him to a pediatric endocronoligist for evaluation four months ago and he was well in...
  • My 6-month-old son is not following the growth curve at all - he's so far above the 95th percentile that he's actually going "straight up" instead of following the curve! This has been the pattern of his last 3 checkups, so the dr. wants him to be evalu...
  • Ever since birth, my daughter has been on the hairy side. I've asked pediatricians about this, but haven't received a clear cut answer. She's now at the age (8 years old) where the children are teasing her. She wants to shave all the hair off her body! T...
  • My daughter is 7 1/2 years old, 4'2" and 82lbs., she has begun to develop breasts. I have begun talking with her about growing up and what to expect, but I am concerned with this early development. I was a late bloomer and I don't know how to han...
  • I posted a question and it was answered this week. The question asked about the relationship between the Tanner stages and bone age testing. Dr. Diamond suggested that we should follow our son's development through periodic bone age testing. We were won...
  • My daughter will turn 12 years old on December 28th. She currently weights about 66 pounds and is 54 inches tall. She is much smaller then all of her friends. She does appear to be growing some but I am not sure at what rate. We asked our pediatrician abo...
  • While giving her a bath, I noticed that one of my daughter’s breasts was enlarged. I called her pediatrician (she is only 3 ½) and they want to do some blood work on her. What are other possible conditions? Also, isn't she extremely young for breast de...
  • My son started puberty around 10 years old. He will be 13 in September and is currently 5'7-1/4" tall. I am not sure what puberty stage he is in, except his voice changed 1 to 2 years ago and he has hair. I know he is tall now because he towers above mo...
  • I am a 14-year-old girl and have three generations of diabetes in my family. Am I at risk? ...
  • I am 13 year old boy and I have a fine, dark scraggly mustache that everyone teases me about. My parents say I’m too young to start shaving but it is embarrassing me to death. What’s so bad about shaving at my age? ...
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of growth hormone therapy?...
  • Hi! I have a question about my son's growth. He was in the 95% percentile for height and weight when he was born and now at 35 months old is 41 3/4" tall and 43 lbs. He is not fat - very healthy appetite, prefers vegetables and fruit, has never been given ...
  • Hi, my son is very worried about his height, all of his friends are taller than him , he is .When he was 14 he was about5'3 and now he is 15 and he is 5'4 what can be done to help with his growth? and I heard that some amino acids increase the production o...
  • My son is short for his age, about 5'4 and 15, almost 16 is there any kind of therapy that could be done besides getting the growth hormone injections? , i hear that they are expensive....
  • My son just turned 9 and I'm concerned he is going to be overweight. In just a year it seems he has grown a little belly. He has always been pretty slim. He's 55" tall which I know is 90th percentile (he's always been in the 90th for height & weight) and...
  • I just read the response you gave to the parent that was worried about his/her son's weight. While I understand everything you said, I was wondering what you would tell a parent whose child is all ready what I consider to be obese? It's my nephew. He's 1...
  • Sometimes it’s two or three months between my periods. My first one was about a year ago. Is something wrong?...
  • I am 15 years old and stopped growing at the age of 12 after I had got my period. I know that some people stop but then grow again after a year or two. I am worried that I will not grow again. My parents are not that tall but they are much taller than m...
  • My son is 10 years/9 months old and falls at the 5th percentile for height/weight (4'6/60 lbs.) The same is true for my 7 year old daughter (3"8"/41 lbs.) I(father)am 5'10/165lbs. My wife is 5'5" 135 lbs. We both have small bone structures. My mother is 5'...
  • My son just turned 2 and weighs around 22-23 lbs and is 30 inches tall. He was average size when born (7.9) but at the age of 6 months he stopped altogether for a period of three months and has been below the bottom of the charts ever since. He has been to...
  • My daughter is 15 1/2 years old. She has not begun menstruating. She has a small amount of breast development. She is 5'7" tall, weighs about 130 lbs, and wears a size 11 shoe. She is active athletically but does not train intensely (1 hour a day) My q...
  • Our 10 Yr old daughter is very upset about her size, 48" and 57 lbs. She say's her peers call her a midget and she seems to get depressed about this a couple of times a month. Her 16 month younger sister is aprox 3/4 in taller then she is. Is she really th...
  • My son is 6.5 years old. he has gone from the 75-0% to 5% in height & weight over the last 2 years. His bone age was 5-6,and he passed his growth hormone stim test. Mom is 5'6'',125 lbs, Da is 5'8" 170lbs. we have a GI consult 02/15/00. What are they looki...
  • My son will be 5 in May and he is 42" tall. He is smaller than almost all his peers.Iam 5'7 and my husband is 6'2. Everyone in my family is tall but,my husbands family are all short including his father who is 5'3 or 5'4.I don't know how my husband grew so...
  • My husband and I are both short (5'1 and 5'7) Our 6 yr 8month old son is 41 1/2 inches-35 lbs. Our 10 year old daughter is 48" tall. For obvious societal reasons, we have more concern with our son. Our pediatrician has left the matter of a bone age ...
  • Our son was born 2 months early, weighing 3 pounds 10 ounces and 15 1/2 inches long. He stayed in NICU for 3 weeks and was discharged weighing 4 1/2 pounds. I am 5' 2", weigh 108 pounds and am very petite. My husband is 5' 11" and weighs 180 pounds and ...
  • Can you tell me approx. when he will start his growth spurt and how tall will he be. I am 6ft., my husband is 6 ft., 3. My son is 15. Height age is 15.4, current height 170,5 cm., pubic hair Tanner 3-4, bone age 13.3, weight 56.4 kg. Thank you!...
  • I am writing this question in regards to my third child. He is 11 years old and has been in the 25% of height and weight for the last 9 years. His father is 6'3" and I am 5'5". The shortest male in either family tree is 5'10". I would like to predict ho...
  • We recently had a bone age done on our 6 1/2 year old son. It came out at 3 years of age. He is currently 41 1/2 inches tall and has typically hovered at the 5th percentile until recently. My husband and I are 5'1 and 5'8 and my husband matured late(...
  • My 10 1/2 year old daughter is going through puberty. She has the breast, period and pubic hair. She appears to be having trouble with oily scalp and acne (it appears to be whiteheads) around the hair line and on the scalp into the hair line. What shoul...
  • My 10 year old son has always been in the lowest percent in weight which we felt was normal as his father and I are both thin. In the past year he has jumped from 65 to almost 90 pounds. We wouldn't be concerned so much but lately he has also been tired ...
  • We just received the results of my 11 1\2 yr old sons and they say his bones are that of a 120 month old what exactly does this mean and what should we expect?...
  • My son is four years old - he is 30 lbs and 35 inches - he sees an endocrinologist who has suggested that my son undergo a growth hormone stimulation test - Can you tell me exactly how this test is administered, and what it really tells as a result>...
  • My son is 10 1/2 years old. He is 50" tall and weighs 72 pounds. He has had a bone x-ray shortly after his 9th birthday. It showed a bone age of 6 years old. Dad is 5'11 1/2 " and Mom is 5"6". Does this mean his groth sput will be delayed a few years? His ...
  • I notice that my 2 month old duaghter has a lump under both of her nipples,one larger then the other.Is this normal or should this be check out by our doctor? ...
  • Do you know under what circumstances a 5 year old male child would start to exhibit symptoms normally associated with puberty? ...
  • I would like to know if there is cause for me to be concerned about my 8 year old daughter's weight. She is a small child who weights 48 lbs.I am a person who is considered petite and my husband stands at 5'8.I would also lke to mention that she does not l...
  • I have a 9 year old and he has been wearing the same size 8 for two years now. He is 51 1/2 inches now and is 67 pounds. I am 6'2 and his mon was 5'5. I was always the tallest kid in class and he is the smallest. What kind of test should I request to check...
  • My 6 year old daughter has developed a strong body odor and pubic hair. Isn’t she too young? Should I take her to a pediatrician...
  • I have a 9 year old and she is complaining about her stomach hurting. When generally do girls start mensturating? ...
  • My 13 year old daughter experieces "hot flashes" during her school day. They are be coming more frequent now. She also has alot of thigh pain. Should she see OBGYN and get her hormone level checked? ...
  • What does it mean when a baby that is 5 weeks old and has high potassium thank you ...
  • My son is 15 years old , he is 5^9" , from 13 years old to 14 he has grown 4 to 5" but has stallled since. as he is very talented in basketball , as a father i was wondering (i am 6^ )wether there is something natural we can do to stimulate more growth . ...
  • My two and 1/2 year old has gained about 8-10 pounds in 8 months. He is getting very chubby. Should I be concerned? ...
  • My son is 14 and for about a month now he has been going through what seems like an emotional rollacoaster. He gets shaky, nervous, sad, and sick to his stomach. We took him to a Dr. and the Dr. said he is in great health, yet he still is not himself. i ha...
  • My daughter is 11 years old. She has always been very healthy. Lately her heart has started racing. It can start racing whether she is active or just sitting down. She says that it feels like her heart is going to come out of her chest and it's difficult t...
  • We have custody of our 8 year old (2nd grade) granddaughter. Last summer, she began having pimples primarily on her forehead (she had bangs so we let the bangs grow out and Clearsil helps). I also noticed an underarm odor (told her to wash good and use deo...
  • My daughter is nearly four and has an embarrassing problem. She has been growing public hair for about a year. We took her to a paediatrician but he doesn't seem to think it is a problem. Since the visit it has gradually gotten worse and I would like to ...
  • My daughter is in the range of 25th percentile for height and 50 percentile for weight.She is 6 1/2 years old.Can you suggest some exercises for her which may improve her height. Thanks ...
  • My son just turned 5 and has been delayed since birth. We have done all to rule everything out including Genetics Testing. They could not find anything that "stood out" but found just a few minor imperfections that they could only suggest was possible NOON...
  • My son is 27 months and 35 inches tall. Is there any way to project how tall he will be as an adult? ...
  • My daughter is eight years old. When can I expect her to begin puberty? ...
  • Our son will be 10 years. We have been concerned about his lack of height since he was 4. He is just 50 inches tall which is just off the growth chart. He was tested when he was 6 with x-rays and bone developement. At that time it was determined only as a ...
  • Where can I turn to for advice concerning my child is who short and has shown no signs of going through puberty?...
  • My husband is concerned that our 9 year old is 112 pounds and is 57 inches tall. He considers him overweight. I feel as though he will thin out with an increase in height. ...
  • 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 g...
  • My 8 1/2 month old son weighs 16 lbs 7 oz. and is 26 in. tall. His head circumference is 17 3/4 inches. I am concerned that he is not growing at a sufficient rate. He was 1 month premature and birth wt was 6 lbs 5 oz. I had Graves disease several years ago...
  • My son is 6 years 5 months old. He is 51 inches tall and weighs 76 pounds. He looks really big for his age.I am worried that he is obese.How do I check?...
  • What is Prader-Willi Syndrome and are the kids always mentally impaired? ...
  • My son is 20 mos old and he has not gained any weight in five months. He is 32 1/2"but only weighs 21 lbs.. The doctor says we will watch him but he is not showing any physical signs of malabsorption and I shouldn't worry. He has always been ahead on all...
  • What are the side effects of growth hormone therapy? My seven and a half year old son weighs 42 pounds, and is 44 inches. His endocrinologist suggested growth hormone therapy. My son has agenesis of the corpus callosum, seizure disorder, cerebral palsy, se...
  • My child is a 5-year-old boy and has always been on the short side. Yesterday while at his five year old check-up, the doctor told me I needed to see an endocrine specialist because his height has been off the chart for most of his life. He is 39 inches ta...
  • I have a healthy/active 3 year old girl. However, for the first three or so hours after she falls asleep at night, she sweats profusely. It doesn't matter what she is wearing or whether or not she is covered--she's drenched. Is this something I should be c...
  • My daughter is 6 years old and has excessive body hair on her back. She is very selfconcios about it and her friends are starting to tease her. I am considering hair removal options. What would be your recommendation? ...
  • My son will be 16 in November of this year. He is currently 5'1" tall and weighs ~110lbs.. He is very concerned about his height and rate of growth. I am 6'1" and my wife is 5'2". He is athletic,a good student and otherwise well adjusted socially. Lately, ...
  • My son is 13 years 8 mos,54 inches tall and 72 lbs...Our pediatricion said he is just short stature...do you believe I might find a doctor willing to use growth hormone injections for his size? ...
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  • How old must a child be for a bone-age study to be done? We are concerned because our 25-month old son is well below the lowest line on the growth charts: he is 32 inches tall and weighs 22 pounds. At birth he was 20 inches and weighed 7.2 pounds. He progr...
  • My 18 month old grandson was born with a "buried" penis. His pediatrician says not to worry. Would you please explain this condition and tell me when it should become normal...
  • I have a child who is 23mths old. He is around thirty inches tall and weighs 22lbs. He is perfectly healthy and a very active little boy. He has a good appetite and is very smart. Our childs pediatrician diagnosed him with failure to thrive before he was o...
  • For all his life, my 13 y/o son had been in the 10th percentile for height and weight. But when he turned 12 he started to change percentiles in height and form 12 to 13 reached the 50th percentile. Is he going to keep there or is he going to stop growing?...
  • My 6year 4mths old daughter pointed out to me that she has a sparse amount of pubic hairs (only about 4)on her vagina (labia). I'm quite concerned about whether this is normal and if she is already entering puberty. Is it worthwhile taking her to see a pae...
  • My 13 year old son was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. He wants to play football this fall and I would like to know if he should or not. I am concerned an injury may harm his growth plates. ...
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  • My son is is approx. 11 1/2 and already well into stage 4 of puberty. He is approx 5ft 6in. tall. He is wearing an 11 1/2 in shoe size. He has a bigger shoe size than his older brother and father. Will his body "catch up" with his feet? Also, his lower leg...
  • My son is 13 years old His blood pressure was taken recently for a football physical and was very high (160/92). We started modifying his diet (vegetables, fruits, lean meats, low salt, no snacks, no fast foods etc.) We then took him to our doctor a month ...
  • I just noticed that my 7 1/2 year old daughter has pubic hair, just about 4 hairs, she has none under her arms. I heard that she could also start having her period, could this be a concern?? ...
  • My child has been on both oral and inhaled steroids for his asthma. Will this affect his final adult height? ...
  • My four year old daughter is below the 5% on the growth chart for height. I recently went to a pediatric endocrinologist who took an x-ray of her wrist and said her bone age is between 2 and 2.5 years of age. The endocrinologist said that this is good news...
  • My 7 1/2 yr old son was diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism due to Hashimoto's thyroiditis 3/2000. He is taking Synthroid and he is doing well. However, he has marked changes in his energy and behavior, and research I have done mentions only briefly that ...
  • My friend's baby was born with a hole in her heart and a mole in her genital area. Recently, she began having some blood on the baby's t-shirt due to a discharge from the nipple. Have you heard of anything? Does this have anything to do with the heart or t...
  • My son will be 10 in September. He asked me the other day when he will start producing sperm. I said I thought it came with puberty, but I really didn't know. Could you please tell me when he will. ...
  • My daughter is 11 1/6 years old, and her height is 129 cm.We had taken her to the doctor 5 years ago , she takes vitamins such as B1 6 12, Zebac etc.all the time,but her height seems not to improve .So the doctor would like to do the test about her growth ...
  • My son is extremely small for his age. 40 inches and 24 lbs. It is recommeded that he get a full work-up to see if he is lacking in growth hormone. What are they looking for when they procede with the IV and test his sugars levels? ...
  • My 26 month old son is 33 inches. He was born in the 50th percentile, has gone up and down but keeps going down. I am 5'6" and my husband is 6'2". Should we seek a specialist? Thank you. ...
  • Our son will be 13 in September and is 4" 8" and weighs 82#. From age 2 on , he has been at or slightly above the 25th percentile for height until after his 12th birthday. He is now below the 10th percentile. In October he had an xray of his left wrist, wh...
  • Our 10.3 year old daughter is 48",60lbs. She is just starting to develop breast(no body hair), and our pediatrician said that she will probably begin menstruating within 18 months-2 years. Our 7 year old son recently saw an endocrinologist, he has a 2-2 ...
  • My son is 12 years old and is currently 57 inches tall. I am short (5' 4") and my wife is 5' 3". I'm the shortest of my siblings as is my wife. Is their any hope for my son to be above 5'8". Should he be taking any kind of vitamins that might help. ...
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  • Is a "bone age" xray that reads age 10 years 6 months, when a boy is age 12 years 1 month considered to be normal? Our son is shorter than all of his friends who have had their growth spurt over the past year. He has grown 1 1/2 inches from age 12 to now a...
  • I am extremely concerned about my daughter's weight problem. She is 12 years old, has stretch marks on her stomach and legs, and looks very overweight. She does not over eat. I think diets are unfair, particularly to a teenager. She had her thyroid checked...
  • My daughter was just seen for her fifteen month check up. There have been concerns with her weight before, because she is very small. This time her height was the concern. She had went down on the growth chart, because she had not grown in height over the ...
  • I am very worried because my seven year old daughter has recently started growing hair in her armpits. What should I do?...
  • Can stress in the family affect a child’s growth? ...
  • My 16-year old son is 60". Since march he has grown 1.5". He has seen a pediatric endocrinologist periodically since age 6. Initially the diagnosis was constitutional short stature. His father and older brother both had late puberty, starting to shave at a...
  • : I read many of the questions on your website regarding concern over slow growth of children; however, I did not see any that explained the calculation for mature adult height when the bone age is known. We were concerned with the growth pattern of our so...
  • Our son is ten years old and is only 4'7". I am 5'8" and my husband is 6'4". All of our other children are tall for their ages. My son is on dexedrine for ADHD. Could that be affecting his height? I can not understand how we could have a short child. Shoul...
  • We are concerned about our daughter's height. She just turned 9 and is 4 feet tall. I am 5 ft tall (began menstruating at age 11 and was full-grown by age 12). My husband is 5'11. She has, on average, grown 3 to 3 1/2 inches per year. I understand that gir...
  • My 8 year-old daughter has terrible body odor. This has been a problem for some time. She doesn't show any signs of early puberty. She bathes regularly. She does seem to sweat a lot especially at night while sleeping. Could this be a sign of something? Our...
  • Could an 11 year old girl be anorexic at such a young age? What behaviors would be a red-flag? If she says she's not hungry in the morning and doesn't want to have breakfast would you let her go to school without eating anything? She talks about being f...
  • My son is 27 months old. He weights approx.25 lbs. I am 6'0", and my wife is 5'2". Her parents were 5'4" and 5'8". My parents our 5'3" and 5'10". My son's doctor says he is in the 10th percetile. She has not suggested any type of testing for any problems r...
  • I have a 4 1/2 yr old son who has been diagnodes with delayed growth. Currently he is at the 5 percentile on the height growth chart. His hormone levels are fine as determined by an endocrinologist. Are there any specific foods or excercises that would giv...
  • My son is 10 years old and has consistently ranked below 5% on the growth charts. I would like to learn more about 'Growth Hormone' drug treatment....
  • My ten year old son's penis seems to be very small in comparison to his younger brother's. The ten year olds is usually not even one inch long. He does appear to have an erection when he wakes up in the morning. Is there something to be concerned about, or...
  • My daughter is 13 years old and has had her period for a year. She is fully developed but her height is only 4 feet 9 inches. I am concerned that she won't gain height and am wondering about growth hormone. Is this appropriate for her? ...
  • My 7 year old son has been on Ritalin for about 1 year. Among the general health concerns I have is the issue of stunted growth. Does Ritalin affect a child's growth rate? ...
  • My son is 11 years. His weight is only 23 Kg and he is 125 cm tall. His hormone test results are as follows :
    Somatomedin C ( IgF1 g/ml )
    T.S.H. 1.56 uIU / ml
    Free T3 3.97 pg/ml
    free T4 1.08 ng/ml

    One Doctor advised me that he...

  • My daughter is 6 ½ mo old, her birth weight was 7#8oz and 19"long. Since then she has only gained an average of 1# a month, hence she just hit the 14# mark on her last visit. She seems smaller and more petite than most others her age and can still fit co...
  • Why do they test for thyroid disease in the newborn period?...
  • My children are adopted, and no one seems to be able to help me. I am interested in obtaining growth charts for Asian children, as they are not the same as standardized American charts. I specifcally need Vietnamese and Mongolian....
  • My 37 month old daughter is only 34.5 inches tall and weights 30.5 pounds. My husband and I are tall and our other two children are tall. She has had allergies and frequent ear infections but has never taken steroid nose sprays and any other steroid produc...
  • What is MICRO Syndrome. A geneticist at University of Alabama, Birgmingham suggests my daughter be seen for this. I do not know anything about this. ...
  • My son, Michael, is short for his age. Currently his is in the 10th percentile. This is primarily a hereditary factor. Are there any vitamines or is there anything that can be done safely to stimulate human growth harmones in children? In addition to good ...
  • My 3 1/2 year old son is small for his age. I am 64 in. and his dad is 70 in. However, as a child I was always much smaller than my peers. Is it probable that he is following the same pattern I did? He is about 37 1/4 in. right now. The comments people mak...
  • My son has just turned 4 years old. I'm 5'4" and his mother is 5'2". I realize that the adult height of my son is mostly determined by genetics, but is there anything I can do now to ensure he grows to his full genetic potential? Since birth, he has consis...
  • My son is 16 years old and just last fall we found out he has Celiac's Disease. We have removed wheat, rye, oats, and barley from his diet and he has grown about 3-4 inches and put on about 15-20 lbs. I'm wondering how much growth he may have lost without ...
  • I found your premature boys growth weight charts I have a son born 4 weeks early at 5lb and 9 oz now ag 4 years of age only weighs 27 1/2 pounds. Is there a chart that goes to 4 years? If I look at the premature chart he doesn't look so bad but still I wou...
  • My daughter is 9 years old and has always been in the 95+ percentile for her height and weight. In the last two - three years, she has grown excessively, both in heitght & weight. She now weighs 120 and is 62 1/2 inches tall, well over a head taller than m...
  • I am intersted in predicting the adult height of my 12.5 year old son. He is 4'11", my wife is 5'2" and I am 5'10.5". Does extended family height have an influence on his predicted height? My wifes parents are 6', and her brothers and sisters are all close...
  • My 12 year old daughter has had some minor back pain. We also noticed that her shoulders were not even. Further exam show that her hips are not even and her legs. After a comparison xray of her hip joints knee joints and ankle joints, it looked as if her t...
  • How can I make my child grow to be six foot six if he is eleven and four foot ten? ...
  • PRECOCIOUS PUBERTY My niece is 7 and her doctor is going to stat her on hormones to stop her from developing so quickly (she has pubic hair and underarm hair). My brother is very concerned about this. Do you have any info on this topic? ...
  • My friend's daughter began menstruating the week she turned 12. She has gotten her period every 1-2 weeks. It lasts 5 days so she only has 7-14 days from start to start. So far she has had 6 cycles. Her doctor did blood tests. Is there anything else that n...
  • My daughter who is about to turn five is having investigations for what her paediatrician believes is "premature adrenarche". She has developed some pubic hair and her bone age scan showed an average of 6 1/4 years. So far her blood tests and ovarian/adren...
  • My son grew from 5'1" to 5'9" during his 12th year. He has not grown much since and seems to have gone through puberty. Both of his parents are relatively short, but there are taller people in the family. Can we expect him to grow more or is it possible he...
  • I'm considering supplementing my 3-month-old son with a soy-based formula. Will the naturally-occurring environmental estrogen content (in the form of estradiol and its derivatives) in the soy cause any chemical, specifically hormonal, imbalance in my son?...
  • My 10 year old daughter already has body odor. Is this normal? She also sweats excessively? Anything we can do about that?...
  • My son weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces at birth, 9 pounds 5 ounces at his one-month check-up and 10 pounds 13 ounces at his two-month check-up. His growth seems to be slowing down even more in the third month, even though he is taking the right amount of for...
  • CHANGING GROWTH PERCENTILES I have a 4 1/2 year old daughter who at birth she was 8 lbs 10oz. and was in the 95th percentile for the first year and a half. She then dropped to 90th percentile up until about 3 years of age when she dropped to 75th percentil...
  • My seven-year-old son is in the second grade and is forty-four inches tall. He is easily the smallest child in his class. I've asked our family doctor about this, but he seems to dismiss it. I am 5'6" and my wife is 5'4", so we certainly don't expect him t...
  • My 3 1/4 year old son is small for his age, typically falling around the 5th percentile on the growth charts. He has been this way most of his life (no drastic changes). We have monitored him every three months, because our doctor is concerned about his sm...
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  • I have a 5 month old son. His birth weight was 7.6 lbs and height was 20.5 inches. He is 16.5 lbs now but only 25 inches in length. I have noticed that he is not growing much in length since past 21/2 months. I have asked my doctor about this at baby's 4 m...
  • I was just reading the Kids Growth article about puberty (my son is 10) and read the FAQ about the position of the testicles. The article said that it's normal for the right testicle to hang lower than the left and gave very specific reasons why that is so...
  • My 15-year-old son hasn’t started his growth spurt yet. I want to know what problems will he be facing socially and physically. How bad can it be and how is it going to affect me as a parent. I also want to know when is it that he will get my gro...
  • My son is 9. He started with some body odor about 6 months ago, so maybe puberty? My actual question involves inverted nipples. His nipples have always been inverted and have never changed. With maturing, might this change? Are there any negative consequen...
  • My daughter is 10. She has had behavior problems and weight problems since she was 3. We have been to multiple physicians including endocrinologist, gastroenterologist, mental health professionals etc. I have no more help now than I did when she was 3. She...
  • My son has been on growth hormone theraphy for ten years. We were recently informed that he is close to achieving his final height. He is 16 years old and he is only 5.4. We are very dissapointed with the news. Is there anything else that can be done? Does...
  • Hello, My son is 6'4" and 165 lbs. He is 16.5 years old. I am 5'9" and his dad is 6'4". He has a cousin who is 6'7" and does not want to grow that tall. Is there anything medically that can be done to limit growth? ...
  • My son is 16 yrs old and 5'3" tall -- he would like to be taller - I am his mom and I am 4'11" and his father is 5'7" - it doesn’t seem to me like he will get any taller -- a friend of his started taking a growth hormone and has grown 3" taller n...
  • My son will be 15 in January next year. However he is only 5 feet tall. His brother who is 14 months younger is over 6" taller than him. He is well proportioned but has no signs of reaching puberty yet. I, his mother, am 5' 6" and his father is 5' 10". He ...
  • I have stupid question. My wife and I have noticed that our son (9yrs old) is not growing taller as much as he did before he joined a swimming team, practicing three times per week. He eats well ,takes a multivitamin(CENTRUM Jr) and has 3 glasse...
  • My daughter is maturing early (age 7), and the doctor says she will possibly start her menstrual cycle within the next year. I have explained all this to her, but haven't gotten in to how it relates to sex. As a matter of fact, I haven't talked sex at all....
  • My boy is 14 1/2 years old. He is 162 cm and the doctor said that he is almost finished with puberty. My questions as a mother are: 1.Did I miss something by not taking him to a doctor before? 2. Is there something we can do now? 3. I am 159 and ...
  • My 7month old daughter had a Thyroid test. Her test reveals that her free T4 level is 11.8 which is little less than the normal , But her growth is normal & she is active, Is it a concern ? what could be the implications ? ...
  • Our son is currently 4 years, 7 months old. His height is 40" and his weight is 34 lbs. His mothers height is 5'6" and his fathers height is 5'9". He was 7bls,6 oz and 19" at birth. He was 20lbs.10 oz and 30.5" at 1 year. He was 23lbs.14oz and 34.5" at 2 y...
  • Our daughter is 10 year old and her height is 130cms. We are worried that she may remain short. Is there any role of "Gnrh" eto help delay puberty for couple of years so that she can achieve a good hight. Mother's height 5 feet 2 inches father's height 5fe...
  • My son is 10 yrs and he is 129 centimeter tall and weighs 33 kilos. His bone age is one year younger than his real age . His father height 170cm and my height 150cm . My son height was in the 75 percentiles untill he reached the age of 4 he started to get ...
  • Dear Expert:
    I am a 16-year-old girl Chinese girl who is only 60inches tall. I started my period at age 12 and according to the charts, I probably have no more room to grow, however my parents are both taller than me and I do want to grow som...
  • Are there any alternative methods of promoting growth such as nutrition, nutritional supplements, chiropractic or acupuncture techniques? My son is on growth hormone treatment but the results have been disappointing....
  •  Hi, maybe you can help me. My daughter is 4 yrs and 5mths old and weights 102lbs and is 3'8" tall. She is a very happy go lucky little girl and is also very loveable. We have been monitoring her weight since she was 6mths old, as she had a 10lb...
  • My son is 10yrs , weight 33kilos and his height 129 cc .His fathers height 170 cc and mine 150 cc. Hormones ok but his bone age one yr younger than his age . My son height was in the 75 pertcentile tell he reached the age of four he started to slow down . ...
  • I am a 14 year old girl, weigh 116 lbs and am 5 foot 3 inches tall. Am I overweight? ...
  • My 19 month old has inverted nipples. Is this something I need to be concerned about? ...
  • My 11 month old daughter has a lump in her left breast. I noticed the lump when she was very small, a couple of weeks old and have asked the doctor about it and each checkup. He said it was nothing to worry about .My brother died from testicular...
  • I am an 18 year old male who is 5'9" and weight 135lbs. My father is 6'3" and my mom is 5'4". My brother is 6'3" at age 21. Will I grow much taller? Can you help me? ...
  • My three month old daughter takes 2 - 3 ounces per feeding and then turns away and refuses to take another drop. If the rule is formula amount equals 2 times body weight, she barely takes 20 ounces on a good day. Could her lack of interest in feeding cause...
  • I’m worried about my son's height. His younger brother is an inch taller than him and weighs 10 pounds more. I’m 6'3 and my wife is 5'6. My son is 10 years old, 4'5 and weighs 62 lbs. He takes Ritalin for ADD. He is in the 25th percentile in height and wei...
  • My 3-month-old daughter is in the 10th percentile for weight and in the 75th percentile for head circumference. My concern is that her height is off the chart. Her birth length was 46cm, 50cm at 2nd month check-up and 54cm at her third check-up. Should I c...
  • My 17-year-old daughter has a bone growth age of 13, due to prednisone. She is 4'8” after losing two inches due to osteoporosis. I am 5’6” and my husband is 5’7”. She is no longer on 40-60 mg of prednisone, and is on a very low dose of hydrocortisone and...
  • In researching the topic of puberty, I came across information that addressed the reason as to why boys are taller than girls. Because boys start puberty later than girls, they have extra years to grow before hitting their growth spurt, therefore in the en...
  • Im a 17 yr old male and im 5'7. I read that my penis are suppose to be 2 to 3 inches long when soft but im shorter than that. Can my penis still grow or is there something wrong with me? Thanks...
  • My daughter is 2 years old. Her father is a juvenile diabetic and I have diabeties on both sides of my family. I have never had her checked for diabeties, but I have a feeling that she might have it. She uses the bathroom all the time. I am having a hard t...
  • I am a 15 year old boy. I developed pubic hair when I was 12. My concern is that my testicles have not grown much since then. As I am informed, it is normal that the testicles get bigger in this period? I also have seen some of my friends and it is not th...
  • Can drinking too much water and milk be harming my 15 month old son? Our son drinks 12 to 18 ounces of water at night (when he is falling asleep or returning to sleep after waking) and drinks another 32 ounces or so of water and milk combined during the da...
  • My son just turned eight and is in the 95th percentile for height and 90th for weight. He has been in 95th and above since birth. What is the likelyhood he will continue on this path? Is it common for children to be off the charts and then slow dramaticall...
  • I am 18 yrs old and am 5'7" tall. My mom is 5'3" and my father is 5'9" and my 16yr old brother is 5'11". I my father wears a size 10.5 shoe, my brother a 12.5 shoe and I wear a size 12. I am curious to know if I have any more growing to do? I weigh around ...
  • My son just turned 12 and he is the smallest one in the 6th grade. At what point can a kid get hormone shot or is there anything else you would suggest? He confidence is low because of these he gets teased a lot....
  • Someone told me that children grow only when they are asleep. Is this true? My son is 9 months old and only 26 1/2 inches tall. Although my husband and I are both pretty short, we are a little concerned. Could his height indicate that he needs more sleep?...
  • I searched your website for information about precocious puberty, but found it dealt mostly with older children. I have a 7 month old daughter. Her pediatrician recently noticed very fine pubic hairs, but nothing under her arms. He said he will monitor the...
  • My daughter who is 5 years old is developing small breasts. This definitely worries me a lot. I have not consulted her pediatrician yet. What should I do? Please advise me on this one....
  • Hi there. I am a girl sixteen years of age. I am 152 cm tall. Mom - 5'2" Dad - 5'4" Brother - 5'8".I had my first menstruation when I was 12 but did not have any significant height/weight/size increase before or after it. Recently however, my foot size ...
  • My 6 year 1 week year old daughter was inter-uterine growth retarded (6 weeks premature and 4lb 4 oz born), and has continued to be growth retarded throughout her years. Since she turned 4 she has had bone age tests which have indicated that her bone ag...
  • My daughter is 5 years old and she weighs 89lbs. I am very concerned that she has a bad obesity problem. I would like to know what kind of specialist that I would need to take her to. I do not want her to go thru life being obese.I have tried cutting back ...
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