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Guidelines Short Stature

 
  • Only a very small percentage of children with unusual Short Stature are due to any organic disease.
  • A large majority are due to genetic causes i.e. short parents.
  • A child who was born low birth weight, specially if he was small as per the expected weight (small for date) is more likely to be of short stature in later childhood.
  • Mixed social factors - poverty, short parents, low IQ, low social class, large family size are all that contribute to short stature.
  • As high as 1/3 of these children have suffered emotional deprivation.
  • Heavy smoking and alcoholism during pregnancy retard fetal growth. It is surprising that in our race to ape the west, many young would-be-mothers indulge in smoking and alcoholism, blaming the ubiquitous stress as the cause.

If, you are sure that your child is really short (below **** in the chart) then you must consult your doctor.

Most likely, he may not even ask for any investigations. If your child has some associated features/ symptoms your doctor may rule out some hormonal or skeletal problem.

DO NOT ADMINISTER DRUGS FOR INCREASE OF HEIGHT WITHOUT DOCTOR'S ADVICE.

You WILL regret later.

Expected adult height of your child (in cms)

Expected adult height in cms

150

157.5

165

172.5

180

Age

Current Height in cms for boys

1 yr 65.5 68.5 72.0 75.3 78.6
2 yr 74.7 78.2 81.7 85.6 89.6
3 yrs 80.8 85.0 89.2 93.1 97.0
4 yrs 87.3 91.7 96.1 100.4 104.7
5 yrs 93.0 97.6 102.3 106.9 111.6
6 yrs 98.4 103.4 108.4 113.4 118.4
7 yrs 103.5 108.7 113.9 119.0 124.2
8 yrs 108.2 113.6 119.0 124.4 129.9
9 yrs 113.2 118.8 124.4 130.0 135.7
10 yrs 117.4 123.2 129.1 135.0 140.9

 

Expected adult height in cms

150

157.5

165

172.5

180

Age

Current Height in cms for girls

1 yr

68.5 70.25 72.0 77.1 82.2

2 yrs

79.2 83.1 87.1 95.0 95.0

3 yrs

86.0 90.25 94.5 98.8 103.1

4 yrs

92.8 97.45 102.1 106.7 111.4

5 yrs

99.1 104.1 109.1 114.0 119.0

6 yrs

104.8 110.0 115.3 120.6 125.9

7 yrs

110.5 116.0 121.5 127.0 132.6

8 yrs

115.7 121.5 127.3 133.0 138.8

9 yrs

120.9 126.9 133.0 139.0 145.1

10 yrs

125.7 132 138.3 144.6 150.9

If your child's current height is not mentioned in the above table, you can calculate his expected height using the following formula:

For boys:

0.545 x Height of child at 3 years + 0.544 x midparental height (mean height of both parents) + 38 cms

For girls:

0.545 x Height of child at 3 years + 0.544 x midparental height (mean height of both parents) + 26 cms

Expected adult height of your child:

Formula

For boys: Mean height of father and mother + 13 cms

For girls: Mean height of father and mother - 13 cms