Growth problems in children can refer to both unusually tall height and short stature with respect to average growth parameters. According to healthline.com, ‘If your child is smaller than other children of their age, they may have a growth problem. It’s typically considered a medical issue if they’re the same size as children who are two or more years younger than they are, particularly if their rate of growth is slow as well.’
Delayed growth can occur due to a family history, nutritional deficiency, hormonal problems or an illness. The doctor can determine the cause and treatment for delayed growth in your child. Children with genetic conditions like Down syndrome or Turner syndrome can experience delayed growth. Children can also be unusually taller for their age due to excess hormone production in the pituitary gland or because of early puberty. Excess growth hormone can also cause a medical condition called gigantism. It results in bone overgrowth. Some children experience constitutional growth delay. It is the medical term for delayed growth in children but with later outcomes of normal adult development of height. According to healthychildren.org, ‘A simple x-ray of the hand and wrist may show how much growth your child has left. Lab tests can also help find the cause of growth problems and how to treat them.’
Early treatment of growth problems often results in successful outcomes. Therefore, it's important to periodically keep track of your children’s height and growth.
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Short stature, growth failure, delayed growth, growth hormone, height measurement, and what not. Here are some FAQs on childhood growth and height issues.
Growth delays happen when your child does not grow at the normal rate for his or her age. Delayed growth may be noticed by a parent or during an examination at the doctor’s office.
The term short stature describes height that is significantly below the average height for a person's age, sex, racial group, or family. Growth failure is often confused with short stature.
Growth hormone is transported in the blood all over the body to help with its many, complex functions, the most important of which, in childhood, is growth.
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