Posted by: Shaz | 2009/01/21


5 year old' s growth pattern

Hi Doc,

I' m desperate for your help, my daughter will be turning 6 in 4 months and I' m worried that she is either not growing or growing very slowly. She is a bright young thing and knows everything any 5 year old knows, over all she is a " normal"  child except for her size. She is rather small (short). I took her to a gp the other day and she did a growth chart and did admit that even for a short person she is rather small. Most people are surprised when I tell them she is turning 6 soon, she looks like she is 4 instead. She was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia early last year and spent 3 days in hosp under obsevation because she collapsed while at the day care centre. She also has an unusually distended tummy and has had it for many years. It is soft to touch and doctors don' t seem to think there' s any cause for concern but it still worries me. A whole heep of tests where done while she was in hosp including an MRI and everything was normal.

Do I take her to a Paedetrician for another check up? I' m just not sure if everything is okay. She is not a sickly child or anything, infact she is always well and happy, but her height worries me. Will it change with time or what? Could there be a medical reason for this, I just need to know if there is something I need to investigate while she is still young and if it is something that can be rectified early.

Your input will be greatly appreciated.


Expert's Reply



I really need to know your daughter's height and weight to be able to answer your question properly. It does appear that there is a problem here and I am keen to assist you. The episode of hypoglycaemia and her distended abdomen do suggest a particular diagnosis. Please write in again with this information.

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