Growth disorders and short stature can mean that your child is significantly shorter than other children of his or her gender and age. Short stature is a term used to describe children who are in the third percentile or less on the pediatric growth chart (a tool used by doctors to see how your child's growth compares to the average pediatric growth pattern).
Most of the time, children with short stature not caused by a medical condition are healthy and will eventually grow at a normal rate. The cause of their short stature may be unknown, or they may have a family history of below average height or a family history of delayed puberty.
Some medical conditions that may cause short stature include:
Doctors at Riley at IU Health use the following exams and tests to diagnose short stature:
Healthy children with short stature not caused by a medical condition do not require treatment. Your child's primary care doctor will continue to monitor your child's growth at regular checkups.
If your child's growth disorder or short stature is caused by an underlying medical condition, treatment of that condition may improve growth:
Short stature caused by poor nutrition may be resolved with an improved diet. When short stature is caused by medicines, your child's doctor will work with you to find a better treatment that will not hurt your child's growth.
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