Children grow at different rates.
What are the factors that influence a child’s growth?
Lots of factors influence a child's growth:
- Heredity (Are the parents short or tall? What about their grandparents?)
- Chronic illness
- Long-term medication
- Bone disorders
- Hormone disorders.
General practitioners and specialist children's physicians often refer to growth charts for boys and girls. These are average anticipated growth patterns, plotted according to children's age and gender, creating a percentile curve.
If you are concerned that your child is too short or too tall, see us at QPE for an assessment of the cause of your child’s growth problem.
Early detection and correct treatment is vital as after pubertal growth, the bone ends fuse and no further increase in height is possible.
It's equally important to remember that growth, like learning, can take place in spurts.