Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: KC | 2012-07-04

Q.

Growth Percentiles

Good day Dr,
Bit of silly question, but I would just like to know whether or not growth percentiles of a baby will determine their height in adult life.
My 19 month old is still sitting on or just below the 5th percentile in both height and weight. His head however is somewhere close to the 90th percentile. He does not look out of proportion but when he sits next to his older brother (4) their heads are about the same size.
I know his size is within normal range but I do worry he will be really short in adult life.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Children very often follow a particular growth percentille from infancy to adult life. This is not always the case especially where infants have had frequent illnesses or feeding problems. It is only when children are about 2 years old that they will be more likely to stick to a particular growth percentile line from that age onwards.

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