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How to Know if Your Child's Height Is Normal
Measuring Your Child
Ask your child to stand against a wall.Have your child stand up straight against a wall. The ground should be flat and uncarpeted to get the most accurate reading. Make sure that your child’s heels are together and touching the wall.
- If you have not done so already, remove your child’s shoes so that they do not affect your child’s height. You should also remove any hair ornaments or braids that could get in the way of the measurement.
Place a flat object against the top of your child’s head.You can use a hardcover book or a stiff ruler to do this. Position yourself so that your eyes are about level with the top of your child’s head. Gently press the flat object against the top of your child’s head, being sure that the object makes a right angle with the wall.
Mark your child’s height.Use a pencil to make a small mark on the wall where the underside of the flat object touches. Remove the book and then repeat the measurement. The marks should be no more than ¼ of an inch apart.
- If you don’t want to mark up your walls, you can also tape a piece of paper to the wall and make a mark on that instead.
Use a tape measure to determine how tall your child is.Have you child hold the end of a tape measure on the floor level and measure up to the marks you made.
- Make sure to hold the tape measure straight so that you are not measuring at an angle.
Record the measurement.Keep track of the measurement so that you can use it for comparison the next time you measure your child. Try to record the measurement to the closest 1/8 inch or 0.1 centimeter.
- Take the average of the two marks that you made.
Assessing Your Child’s Height
Get a height chart that lists the average height of children that are your child’s age.There are charts that graph the average height of children at certain ages. These charts can tell you how your child’s height compares to the average population. Select a chart that covers your child’s age and gender.
- You can find these charts online, or you can ask your child’s doctor if they have a chart that they can give you.
Mark down your child’s height and age on the chart.You should see a graph on the page that you have selected. The left hand side of the graph should be labeled ‘Stature (height)’ in both inches and centimeters. The bottom of the chart should be marked ‘Age’ (in years).To make your mark:
- Place a mark next to your child’s height and draw a line across the chart. Find your child’s age, make a mark and draw a line upwards (vertical) until it crosses your first line. This is your child’s height percentile.
Compare your child’s height to the curves of the chart.Notice that the percentile curves are labeled on the upper right. You will have to estimate if the mark that represents your child is between the curves.
- If your child’s measurement is less than the 5th percentile, or greater than the 95th percentile, contact your doctor with this information.
Keep in mind that your child’s growth may not follow the usual pattern.Some children remain shorter than their friends for a couple of years until they experience their pre-pubertal growth spurt.
- Many times, older siblings or parents will have had a similar experience. If you experienced a late growth spurt, your child will most likely also have a late growth spurt.
Measure your child every two to four months.Keeping track of your child’s growth can help you to monitor any underlying condition that may affect your child’s growth.
- In particular, you should continue to check your child if his or her rate of growth slows down and he or she drops down two major percentile sections on the chart (for instance if your child moves from the 75th percentile to the 25th percentile).
- This change may a problem with nutrition, underlying chronic illness (such as heart disease or kidney failure), or abnormal hormone production (such as thyroxine and growth hormone). It may also be caused by medications like corticosteroids.
Know when to contact a doctor about your child’s growth.There are certain things that you can look out for to know if you should become concerned about your child’s height. These include:
- If your child’s height percentiles increase or decrease quickly, especially if two major percentile curves on the chart are crossed.
- If your child’s height percentiles are normal, and then begin increasing or decreasing so extremely that they cross the 95th or 5th percentiles.
- If your child continues to gain weight but his or her height remains the same.
QuestionI am 14 years old and my height is 55.1"; am I normal?Top AnswererYes, your height of 140 cm is normal. Granted, according to the World Health Organisation you're currently at the low end of the spectrum, with average height for boys at 165 cm and girls at 160 cm. Then again, you are you, and whatever you are, that's normal for you. Don't worry, you'll likely still grow a bit taller.Thanks!
QuestionI'm 10 and am 1 meter 40 cm tall. I am shorter than all my friends who are my age apart from one, and I get bullied for my height. Is my height normal? I have always been told by kids at school it isn't.Top AnswererAccording to the World Health Organization, a normal boy at 10 is 138 cm tall, with the extremes ranging from 118 cm to 158 cm. Same for girls at this age. So don't worry, you're perfectly normal. Look up the charts, take them to school, perhaps give a presentation about this?Thanks!
QuestionMy 10-year-old daughter is 5'. Is this normal for her age?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGrowth spurts happen. I'm sure she's perfectly normal.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the normal height for someone that is 14 years old?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt really depends on the individual, and factors like genetics that contribute to growing.Thanks!
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- Keep in mind that you should look for growth charts that cover children in your country.
- Height does not increase smoothly during childhood, but occurs in spurts with periods of no growth in between. This is where multiple measurements become useful.
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