Possibility of short stature
“My child’s height is lower than other children” doesn’t mean your child is a short stature.
Short stature includes, as the name, children who has lower height than other children. But there are disease known as “dwarfism”.
In the case of “dwarfism”, it is valid to have medical treatment and I recommend to go doctors as soon as possible.
However, we have to be careful to know that children who are short stature doesn’t mean they are all suffered from dwarfism.
It is important to determine the correct knowledge.
Is this disease? How to determine dwarfism.
You could determine by comparison of the height and the average height of your children’s age.
Have seen that growth curve graph?
Growth curve is the graph that represent to development condition of the person in horizontal and vertical curves. This growth curve, the SD number determines its growth. SD stands for standard deviation and it measures the distance from the average.
There are expression such as -2SD, -1SD and as the number increases, measures distance from the average of the height which determines as short stature.
In medical scenes, below -2SD consider as dwarfism and will be subject to inspection. There are only 2to3 children out of 100 children are in the same age who suffer -2SD.
There might be a variety of factors and treatment policy that will change depends on the result of the test at the hospital.
It is necessary to take inspection early.
Let’s examines number to see if your children are short stature or not.
You could click the link here “age-specific average height (height pattern) table” and “table of the annual growth rate” If the height is below -2SD, I will recommend you to consult in the Department of Pediatrics earlier.
If annual growth is -1.5SD, attention will be required.
I will recommend you to consult in the Department of Pediatrics once.
Even the height is below the average, there are still possibility of increasing height.
You don’t need to feel upset to see this table.
Each children have different timing of its growth. If the growth period is slow, your height might be temporarily lower than average, but to set up the lifestyle, such as eating and sleeping, it can eventually increase.
So, if your stature is above -2SD, it is better to review your lifestyle once again.
To enhance the height, children need to grow up healthy.
Learn how to grow taller and improve the possibilities
Let’s start with being able to stretch the height if it is not illness.Grow taller means grow bones.
By expanding part of the cartilage of the “epiphyseal line” at each end of the bone growth in stature. This epiphyseal line becomes hard and stops expanding when the age comes.
It becomes hard the average of 17-year-old for boys and 15-year-old for girls. After it became hard, unfortunately, it will stops growing.
There are some factors to grow the epiphyseal line, such as to take deep sleep to secrete growth hormones, protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, exercise to spice up epiphyseal line, and affection from parents and people who is surround. Also it is important to live life with no stress and frustration.
Please consider the balance of sleep, nutrition, exercise once again and create wonderful environment!