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Old 01-28-2016, 04:06 PM
 
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Does anyone have a son who started out small and low on the growth percentiles (both height and weight) who ended up being average or even tall height? My son started out average and then dipped to the 25% percentile and has hovered there (+/-) for the past few years.

I am well-versed on growth percentiles, how adult height cannot be predicted (some forecast a height b/w the father and mother's height), that growth spurts come at various times, that it doesn't really matter (in the scheme of things) if he doesn't reach the same height or close to his parents, and all of that.

I'm just wondering if there are many real life examples where a child was on the small side during pre-K / Elementary, etc and ended up being average height or tall. I really appreciate any real life examples you can provide. Thanks!
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:22 PM
 
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I was always the shortest in my class until I hit high school. Now I'm 5'3", so not very tall, but not the shortest in most groups. My daughter seems to be taking after me... She was always in the 10th to 15th percentile. She is due for a checkup in April, but my guess is that she's gone up... She's almost 5 feet tall at the age of 12 (well, she will actually be 13) and she is within a few inches of her friends. Last year, many were a full head taller than her.

There's my anecdata.
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:34 PM
 
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My son started out in the 5th percentile, and has hovered around the 50th for all of his 12 years except for those first couple months. He's predicted to be close to 6'. We'll see.
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:39 PM
 
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Based on the childhood friends of my own three sons, the differential is between those of average height while young. Some are much taller in adulthood than others, but all remain in the "average" range. Those that were tiny as children, are still shorter than average as adults. One family used growth hormones for their three boys. It gave them about 3" over their parents' height. I don't know if the injections can be credited.
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:58 PM
 
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My son started out as failure to thrive. However we adopted him so neglect is certainly a possibility. But even after we got him at 6mths old he was at the bottom of the charts until about kindergarten. He's in 4th grade now and around 70% height.

But honestly after having a child that struggled to stay on the growth charts at all, I'd be very happy with 25%. It still means he's taller than 25% of his peers.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:06 PM
 
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My son was born he was in the 10th percentile now at 6 he is in the 85th percentile. He has been moving up every year. However, is dad is over 6 feet.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:26 PM
 
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My daughter was in the top height percentiles and was just about the tallest in her class until the 4th grade. She hasn't grown taller since then and attributes it to PCOS/hormonal and or taking antibiotics for severe acne. Who knows she is now a gorgeous 5'2" which is shorter than normal.


My sisters are both 5'10" and my daughter grew similarly to their growth pattern so I had every reason to expect she would be tall.


My son was always in the top percentile and as a grown man is 6'4". My husband was 5'10" I am 5'3" but my father was 6'7" and my son takes after my father almost totally.


So my guess is it is mostly genetic when it is all said and done but environmental factors can enter into it somewhat. Would suggest you see a growth specialist if you become worried.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:39 PM
 
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I'm just wondering if there are many real life examples where a child was on the small side during pre-K / Elementary, etc and ended up being average height or tall. I really appreciate any real life examples you can provide. Thanks!
One of my brothers was by far the smallest kid in his grade (shrimp-sized) until the 11th grade. He got mono and was very ill for several months. Confined to bed. When he recovered....he'd grown 6". He grew another two inches and ended up at 5' 10". You never know what Mother Nature is going to do.
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:01 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for your replies!
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:18 AM
 
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So my guess is it is mostly genetic when it is all said and done but environmental factors can enter into it somewhat. Would suggest you see a growth specialist if you become worried.
Thanks for the input & suggestion. If he were only short I would have less concern, but he has difficulty gaining weight, near constant dark circles under eyes, paleness, frequent GI issues (diarrhea and/or mucus in stools), intermittently pale stools, and frequent bloating - so this gives us concern.

We've had him tested - pretty much all the non-invasive tests - and they came back great. He's been tested twice for celiac (bloodwork, not the biopsy) and those were neg. Our pediatrician thinks we're worried about nothing. Developmentally and athletically he is thriving - has exceeded most milestones, super high energy, happy, etc.

So it's the above, coupled w/ a 6'2" father (I'm on the shorter side so it's probably me!), that makes us wonder if something else is going on. With all the medical advise saying no problems, then I can just hope he gets some spurts later in life.

Sigh. It's amazing how when you have a child you feel that ever cell in your body works toward making sure that child's life is as good as it possible can be.
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