Staci - posted on 05/11/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )
My son will be 12 in September and he is only 60lbs and 52 inches tall. He is barely on the growth chart with his weight and not even on the chart for his height-compared to average children his age. He went through a very tough time in December 2007. He was hospitalized for 9 days for a serious,painful infection that almost killed him. This experience caused him to get a type of post tramatic stress disorder and depression. The docs have said that this has contributed to his stunted growth. He is on meds now,and doing so much better emotionally. He wants to play sports and do all of the things that all other boys do,but his size holds him back. He is VERY self conscious about his size. He is SO much smaller than all of the kids in his class-even the girls. I feel like this is something that was takin away from him due to his traumatic experience. I want him to feel great about himself and his abilities. I have been tossing around the idea of growth hormones but I have been reluctant to share these thoughts with anyone because I don't want to seem like I just want my son to be big-like he does'nt measure up to some social standards because of his size. It's not a vanity thing. I am only 5'1" and his dad is not big either,and that's fine. I will love him no matter what,I just want him to be able and have the self esteem he should have. He is SO wonderful and I don't want the bad experience he went through to take anything more away from his happiness. Am I ok for entertaining the thought of giving my son steroids? Are they very dangerous?