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Your child's doctor has probably been tracking your child's height since birth. Those measurements are compared against a standard growth chart. Growth charts show if your child is shorter or taller than average. Your child's expected height depends on your child's genes. Most children who are shorter than average do not need treatment because they eventually grow.
In rare cases, a child has a medical problem that affects growth. If your doctor thinks your child may have a medical problem, your doctor will order tests.
Sometimes children are teased about being short. Your child may need extra help to build healthy self-esteem. Having healthy self-esteem will help your child deal with their feelings.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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