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Can a doctor tell me how tall will I be?
Answer From Jay L. Hoecker, M.D. There’s no proven way to predict a child’s adult height.
Are doctors height predictions accurate?
To predict a child’s height, doctors most commonly use a formula that dates to research completed in 1970. Then, for the final adult height prediction, it adds 2½ inches for boys and subtracts 2½ inches for girls. The result is said to be correct within two inches 95 percent of the time.
Can doctors tell if your still growing?
In order to tell whether you are still growing or whether you have completed puberty, a physician will need to examine you to determine your state of physical development. This may be part of the reason that a physician told you last year that your estimated adult height is 5’4″.
Why am I shorter than my predicted height?
During puberty, hormones are essential for regulating body growth. Any abnormalities in these hormones could alter growth as well as your overall height. Children who develop hypothyroidism (low thyroid) or pituitary gland disorders may experience shorter than average height compared to their parents.
What age do females stop growing taller?
Girls grow at a quick pace throughout infancy and childhood. When they reach puberty, growth increases dramatically again. Girls usually stop growing and reach adult height by 14 or 15 years old, or a couple years after menstruation begins.
What is the maximum age for a girl to grow taller?
When will a girl stop growing? Girls grow at a quick pace throughout infancy and childhood. When they reach puberty, growth increases dramatically again. Girls usually stop growing and reach adult height by 14 or 15 years old, or a couple years after menstruation begins.
How can I predict my child’s height with this method?
To predict your child’s height with this method: Record the genetic mother’s height. Record the genetic father’s height. Average the two heights together. Add 2 1/2 inches to that average if you are predicting a boy’s height.
Can doctors be wrong about your height?
Well the nurse that measures me when I go to the doctor has measured me at 5’3″ one year and then 5’3.5″ another year and then 5’3″ this year, but I’m 5’4″ or maybe more. One time my doctor’s office measured me at 5’2 1/3″ and the hospital measured me at 5’3″. Yeah, doctors can be wrong. My doctor said I was done growing, but I kept growing.
How can a doctor tell how tall a child will grow?
A doctor can take an X-ray of your child’s hand and wrist. This X-ray can show the growth plates of a child’s bones. As a child ages, the growth plates become thinner. When a child is finished growing, the growth plates will disappear. A doctor can use a bone age study to determine how much longer, and taller, a child may grow.
How accurate is the genetic potential height predictor?
It’s not, of course. The genetic potential height predictor has a 68 percent chance of being within 2 inches and a 95 percent chance of being within 4 inches of this predicted height. Another limitation is that you have to know how tall a child’s birth parents are for this calculation to work.