Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mother | 2010/10/31




My son is 16, and he hasn''t grown since the age of 12.
He experienced puberty early on. His voice broke about 3 years ago, but it didn''t break completely. He has times when it is really deep, then really high pitched. He is really suffering because of it, and gets called names at school. Also, my family are all generally short people, and as a result, so is my son. But he has difficulty with this, as he often gets looked down on and pushed around.

Is there any way in which i can help him with these problems?
Ive read about growth supliments ect. But do they work?

I need help as i am afraid he will suffer from low self esteem

Expert's Reply



You have asked a very important question. Your son is short for his age of 16 years and also his voice is still rather high pitched at times causing him to be teased by the other boys his age. He is having a difficult time at present.Boys can continue growing to the age of 17 or 18 years so there is still time to help your son a lot.He may be a candidate for growth hormone treatment but will require special hormone tests and a simple test to determine what his bone age is to see if he still has the potential to grow taller. He should be seen by a paediatric endocrinologist as soon as possible. These specialists are often in academic hospitals in the main centres in SA.In the W. Cape there are endocrinologists at Tygerberg Hospital,at the Red Cross Children's Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospitals for example.

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