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    Default Naturally petite or something else?

    I am not overly tall at all (5'3) and DH is just under 6ft. My kids have never been tall at all and DS is probably mid range in height comparing him to other kids in his class. My DD however on the other hand is considerably shorter than everyone in her class.

    She's healthy and happy but I constantly am asked if she has some type of condition etc as she's very petite. Obviously you get asked enough it does tend to put some doubt in your head right!

    So what do you think is the ideal amount a child should grow or not grow before you would be concerned??? I don't want to rock up to the Dr and get her checked out if it's really not necessary.

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    do u know where she sits on the graph? i wouldnt tend to be concerned some people are short which is obviously means some kids r shorter then other kids. people always have to comment on something

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenata View Post
    do u know where she sits on the graph?
    No which graph?

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Height has never been something that worried me a great deal as unfortunately there isn't anything you can do to increase their height.
    I guess my concern is how do you differentiate between a child that is naturally short, or a child that is short because of an underlying medical reason? Obviously you don't want to just be rocking up to the Dr's with a child that is just short and questioning them to check for medical reasons

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    My brother was noticeably shorter than every one of his classmates until year 12 when he started to grow. He is now an adult (though that is debateable) and is 5ft 7in.

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    hopefully this link will take you straight to it. its just a chart of kids height and weight from 2-18 http://www.apeg.org.au/Portals/0/184...18%20years.pdf

    it's a bit confusing but might give you an idea of where she is at.

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    DD is apparently "small" when I went to the doctors he had to prescribe my whole family antibiotics without any of them being there and when I said my 3yo DD was 12kg his jaw dropped "wow that SO tiny!! Are you sure you weighed her right because that's way too small" :-/

    Ahh thanks doc!

    I personally wouldn't stress if she seems happy, healthy and "normal". No one fits into the "normal" Height/weight box. Every body is different.
    If your still really worried get her checked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    My DS takes medications that can stunt a persons growth. To monitor it they (that is Sydney Childrens Hospital) simply make sure he is still growing and measure his height every 2 months. If his height became stagnate they would have to look at it closer and probably change his meds...
    So if he dosn't grow in 2 months do they consider that stagnant? What about if he grew in the 2 months before but then stopped for 2 months?

    DD has grown between 1st of March this year and 1st of June but between 1st of June and now she's not grown.

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    My DD2 has always been quite short and they keep a close eye on it (she's only 21months) but they say that their growing isn't like putting on weight its different they can just shoot up overnight so its not uncommon for them to go a few months without actually growing at all.

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    We were worried about ds2 so we asked for a referral to pead at the hospital. The pead did a few tests and then kept a eye on his growth for two years. It turned out that is just his build. I found it better to know than constantly worry about it.


 

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