What is ‘mid-parental height’?
As a general rule of thumb, a child’s expected final height is estimated as the ‘mid-parental height’, which is an average of the child’s parents’ height, adjusted for gender.
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‘Short stature’ is defined in a person whose height is two standard deviations below the average height for his or her age, sex and family background. About one in every 43 people Of all people (2.3%) fit into this category.
Short stature can be the result of many factors. The most common cause is simply coming from a family background of short height, and/or drawing the ‘short stick’ in the genetic ‘luck of the draw’. However, in some cases short stature can also be the result of an …
Your doctor will assess your child’s height by: measuring your child’s height against standard growth and development curves; evaluating your child’s height based on their age, health status, and family and developmental history; examining …
For some types of short stature, growth hormone treatments can help add to the child’s final height. For other types, growth hormone will not help at all.
Some children are naturally ‘late bloomers’ and may start growing later than their peers.