Monday, 9 May 2016

What You Need To Know About Your Child's Height at Age Two?

What You Need To Know About Your Child's Height at Age Two?

Is it true that you can determine your child's adult height at the age of two? When your child reaches his second birthday, expert believes that he already reaches approximately half of his full height. Thus, when you double your child's height on his second birthday, you can have a rough estimate of his adult height.
Doubling your two-year-old height may be predictive of the final adult height. This is because most two-year-old children have already reached their growth chart percentile where they will stay on as they grow older. Say for example, if your child is on the 65th percentile for height, he is taller than 65% and shorter than 45% of other children similar of his age. Keep in mind that when calculating for your child's height, boys tend to be taller and girls are a little shorter.
After age 2, healthy children grow steadily at around 2 inches every year until puberty. During the puberty years, they may have growth spurt and then the growth ends. Generally, when boys start to shave and their voices deepen, this could mean that they are almost finished growing. Meanwhile girls, grow at least two inches more after their first menstruation period.
Furthermore, genetics also play a big role in determining your child's adult height. The parent's height is the best predictor of the child's height. The formula use in calculating the mid-parental height is by adding the father's and mother's height in inches. Then add five more inches for boys or subtract five inches for girls. Then, divide it by two. Most probably, children will reach a height within 2 inches of mid-parental height.
However there are many other factors that may negatively affect the child's final adult height. Having chronic or significant illness can impede growth. Using medications such as corticosteroids can also decrease a child's growth and affect his final adult height particularly if used in long periods and high doses.
Being underweight or overweight during infancy and puberty can impact the final height considering that these are the stages of rapid growth. Obese children may seem to be taller when they are younger because obesity affect's bone maturation causing rapid growth at an early age. Thus, obese children tend to finish growing sooner than their age mates.
It is important to note that there are many factors that can affect your baby's height. As your child grows, you and your doctor should regularly monitor the growth chart. This is to ensure that they are having a normal growth and to detect if there are any growth problems.


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