My son is small for his age. Should I consider hormon shots?

Debra - posted on 06/25/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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My youngest son is 12 but is the smallest in his class. His older brother is 17 and has always been tall/avaerage height. should I look into getting hormon shots for my youngest. I feel it's starting to impact his confidence and the time to do anything is now. Should I look into it more or just let nature do her thing?

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Marci-Ann - posted on 11/13/2012

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Hi all,



Our son is 11 and in the 6th % for his height. We just did a bone age test and that came back that his bones match his chronological age. The doctor is predicting that he will be 5'6" tall based on his growth rate. (I am 5'5" and his dad is 6'2") He recommended that we take our son to an endocrinologist to see about growth hormones. I feel very nervous and uncomfortable about this. I'm not sure that there is any issue with being short. Overall our son is healthy, smart, athletic. I am afraid that taking him to another doctor for blood tests might make him think something is wrong with him when there isn't anything. Any thoughts from other moms/dads out there?

Mary - posted on 09/02/2013

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Our youngest son is also 12 and is the smallest person in his whole grade. Our older son is average height. My husband and I are both average height. Our younger son has been tested and he has idiopathic short stature. We are considering giving him growth hormone soon. I'd love to hear of other's experiences giving growth hormone to their children. Also we're hoping we're not too late to give it to him.

Ruhi - posted on 08/28/2013

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My nine year old son is very short for his age. His height his that of a five year old. His shoes size is only 12.
Should I take him to the doctord to consider growth hormones ?

Mildred - posted on 07/01/2009

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hey deb how u doing well as a mom i think its normal each child has thier own body and not every one is working on the same time clock so hey dont sweat it one day you willl wake up and your son willl be a lil taller or a lot taller i had a friend who was very short for his age then boom all of a sudden when he turned 17 he sprung out of his shell and was actually taller than me ok remember your son is his own individual

Debbie - posted on 07/05/2009

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children have growth spurts at different times i wouldnt worry yet if u still have concerns in a few months talk it over with your gp. my son is small for his age and is also 1 of the smallest in class at 11 years but he has started to grow and is catching the other up

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Janice - posted on 02/11/2014

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I remember when i was growing up i was annoyed by the fact my parents could have done more to help me with my short stature.I was always playing catch up with kids in my class.My mum noticed when i was 6 and she picked me up from school.I was already a good 3 ins shorter but that was the start.My mum took me when i was 10 to the doctor who had tests done.It turned out that due to my bone structure i was only intending to be 4'8/4'9.We were asked if anyone else was short as my mum was 5'2 and my dad was 5'8 and i was the eldest.I recalled my grandmother was rather short i think she was 4'9 so i was told it was possibly due to that.For some reason though i ended up with this short gene as my sister who was 2 years younger was growing fine and my younger brother was fine.I just had to endure them both growing taller than me.I am now 50 and my height as been 4'9 however i do feel a bit shorter maybe due to my age.My sister ended up 5'5 and my brother 5'8.I was given some tips by my grandmother while growing up like she told me to take up gymnastics which i did.I do have a son who is 18 and he is 5'8 and a daughter who is 21 and she is 5'4.So both were lucky with their heights.

Jayman - posted on 12/01/2013

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I wanted to take a moment to comment. In first grade we were told my son was a "late Bloomer" By third grade he stood out. Kids didn't want to play football with him at Recess because they were afraid they would hurt him. We pursued the subject again but this time taking charge and doing research. This is what you need to know about the shots. YOU WON'T KNOW UNLESS YOU GET AN MRI!!! For what ever reason they will explore ever other avenue first. Once you get an MRI they can tell you if the pituitary gland is working. You will have a couple more tests if they find it is small and you will be on your way. My son is now in the 5th grade and no longer stands out as the small kid. In fact he stands out now as a special kid and is always picked first. :) Good luck.

Marci-Ann - posted on 11/13/2012

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Thank you so much Glee. I am thinking that just letting nature take it's course is the way to go. I am so uncomfortable with the idea of injecting him with anything. In my eyes, he's perfect no matter what height. :)

I appreciate your feedback.

Glee - posted on 11/13/2012

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My son, like yours Marci is healthy, smart and athletic. He's also always the smallest one. I am small, my parents are small. My husb and other son are 6'1". We've had some long talks w/ my son (he's now 15) and we have decided to just let nature run her course. I think it really depends on the child. My son is well balanced and will be OK w/being short. (It's also a bonus that we live in Hawaii where there are a LOT of short people.) Best of luck to you w/this difficult decision.

Glee - posted on 10/02/2012

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Hi ladies.

My son just turned 15 and he's still in the 1% of growth. Pediatrician has recc we see an endocrinologist. I'm scared.

Gerri - posted on 08/30/2012

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Hi, Hope you are still on this site. My son is 12 soon to be 13. He is small, I am small but his dad and siblings are ave. to tall. He has always been proud of his size but the school year started and he is tiny and is sad about it. I was wondering what your outcome was with your son ?

Maureen - posted on 07/11/2009

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My son was the exact same situation, and has just now (he's 14) starting to have notable "growth spurts" His Dad did not sprout until he was 16, and now that Jesse is "catching up" to his friends (he is also the youngest in the group because of his Oct birthday) he feels better about himself and says he is not going to worry about it anymore. He will be what he will be. It did take alot out of him but he got through it. Just be supportive and encouraging to help him accept who is his. A great person!!

Debbie - posted on 07/11/2009

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If it's a growth hormone deficiency, it needs to be done sooner than later before growth plates fuse. Only tests run by doctors can determine this. If you are seeing a doctor regularly, s/he has been recording growth progress and would have (hopefully) said something if there appeared to be a real issue.

Cathy - posted on 07/11/2009

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There are lots of complications with hormone growth pills and injections and i certainly would not recomend this for a chil hes still growning, plus this is something that he should decide when hes old enough to and even then he will need to seek expert advice.

Charlene - posted on 07/09/2009

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I agree with seeing a nutritionist, if he is getting all he needs he will grow in his own time...

Kerry - posted on 07/09/2009

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let nature take its course! soon he will catch up and most likely pass out the other kids in his class. Don't you think the shots will make him feel even more insecure about himself. By suggesting that he get the shot is like telling him that you are not happy w/ the way he is, and that is a big no no!!!

Rebekah - posted on 07/08/2009

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I have a tall son,12 yrs and over 5' 7" and a short son who's 11 and shorter than his 10 yr old sister.He wishes to be taller and bigger, but I tell him his time will come when he has his growth spurt.I keep reading about all these boys that are short for their ages and classmates.Apparently it's the norm!!! Or we all wouldn't be here saying that our sons are short for their age lol. Let nature take it's course My uncle looked like he was a shrimp until his 16th birthday! It's common to see taller 7th grade girls then 7th grade boys in the same class.It's just the way nature is.

Tammy - posted on 07/08/2009

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NOW THAT DEPENDS HUN MY SUGGESTION TO U IS LOOK AT UR FAMILY HISTORY AND MAKE SURE THERE IS NO SHORTNESS TO THE FAMILY AND NO BLOOD DISORDERS LIKE TURNERS SYSDEROM MY SISTER OF 33 HAS THAT AND WE BEG MY MOM TO TAKE HER TO THE DOCTOR BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE AND SHE DIDN'T LISTEN NOW SHE IS 4,10" AND COULD HAVE BEEN ALOT TALLER IF SHE HAD THE SHOTS BEFORE I THINK 18 AND BOYS R 20 WHEN THEY STOP GROWING .....JUST KEEP IN MIND THAT WHEN THEY R 18 THEY CAN MAKE THEIR OWN DISCESSION ABOUT SHOTS ......I'M 5,2" SHOULD BE 5'4" BUT I HAVE BACK PROBLEMS ,MOM IS 5'2" ,AND DAD WAS 5'10" SO MY SISTER SHOULD HAVE BEEN AT LEAST 5'2"......TURNERS SYSDEROM IS A MISSING CHROMOSOME IN THE BODY THAT CAUSES SHORTNESS AND OTHER THINGS LOOK IT UP.....BUT U HAVE TIME UR BOY IS ONLY 12 I'D GIVE HIM TO 14 AND GO FROM THERE ...BOYS GROW OVERNIGHT LOL ......WHEN HIS VOICE STARTS TO CHANGE AND DEEPEN IF HE HASN'T GROWED MUCH THEN I'D REALLY SEE A DOCTOR ....... SURE HOPE I'VE HELP YA GOOD LUCK AND GIVE HIM A COUPLE MORE YEARS

MARIA - posted on 07/08/2009

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I would say no at this point he still has quite a few years ahead of him to grow. My little brother was tiny at 12 and we are short to norm height in my family so we didn't think much of it and what seemed to have happened over night was his height just skyrocketed and he is the tallest of us all at 5'11 so unless your all a small sized family don't worry about it. I guess it wouldn't hurt to talk to a doctor but maybe you'll just injure his ego even more that way.That and I've heard only bad things about hormone shots so they make me nervous. Lets not mess with nature.

Lee - posted on 07/07/2009

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No way! Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist to see if they have any suggestions. You son may just be shorter than his brother, but remember boys don't generally hit their big growth spurt until they reach about 15 or so.

Patricia - posted on 07/07/2009

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My oldest son didn't start growing until 8th grade he was always the 3rd or 4th in line and my youngest is the same way. Their dad was 6ft and one uncle did not get height until he went away to college and the other is about 5ft 8 in. I would not resort to chemicals in his body and just reassure him that boys are good until they're 20's.



My oldest sons friend was short for his age all thru high school and he's 5ft 10 in now so don't trip and make it a big issue then you make him get concerned focus on his attributes and help his self esteem because that is the most important issue tell him if he were 5ft 9in right now he would be self conscious about being to tall so as long as his inner man is addressed the outer man can handle anything.

Diane - posted on 07/07/2009

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My son is 11 and just 48 inches tall and 59lbs...i feel bad cause he gets teased....i am hoping he has a growth spurt soon....good luck with your decision and hugs to you!

Rhonda - posted on 07/07/2009

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My son is small for his age too, don't worry, he will catch up. My suggestion is a "No" for the hormone shots. It's too risky.

Debbie - posted on 07/06/2009

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My son has been taking human growth hormones since he was 2 years old. I asked the doctor about his small stature because I was afraid he was not "thriving" and all that. (Good guilt trip I was giving myself!) He ordered a bone age x-ray which showed that he was smaller than he should be. He referred us to an endocrinologist who did further testing including blood work that showed he does not produce human growth hormone. At the time, he was at the 5th percentile for height. Now at age 11 he is at the 75th percentile. He will be just as tall as his older brother who does not have this deficiency. He has to have a shot that we administer 6 nights a week. It's not pleasant, but it's a small needle just like diabetics use and the medicine is injected subcutaneously. He will probably take these shots until at least 18. The doctor will look at the heights of the familly members as well. He would be very much smaller than all of us without these shots. They allow him to grow to the height determined by his genetics. He sees the doctor every 4 months and has periodic x-rays and blood work to make sure everything is progressing as it should. I am glad we are doing it, and even though he doesn't like the shots, he still would rather do it. On the other hand, if a child is just genetically short, coping strategies will help. My older son who is 13 and already 5' 8" has a good friend who is a year older and maybe just 5'. They tease each other good naturedly sometimes, but mostly don't give it much thought. So definitely, talk the your son's doctor and see what s/he says.

Laurie - posted on 07/06/2009

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Why would you consider that? You should encourage him to be proud of who he is! Big things come in small packages!!! When you consider things like this, YES, it will impact his confidence. You have to continually reaffirm that he is perfect the way he is! Sounds like you may have more of a problem with that he does :(

Amanda-jane - posted on 07/05/2009

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what does your doctor say about this??? that should be your first port of call.

my son is small for his age also. did you know that in adolesence kids grow 25 cm or more

Debra - posted on 07/02/2009

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Thank you all out there for the wonderful advice. I also talked to my son and he also wants to wait and see if he grows some more. He's a happy kid and yes that is all that matters. :)

Blessings to all the wonderful mom's, and beautiful women out there.



~Debra

Maria - posted on 06/26/2009

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I noticed that some boys have differing growth spurts, and I was told that they usually go into a big growth spurt between ages 15-19, so I would wait if I were you. Depending too on who's the more dominant genes, yours or your significant other's. My older son is almost 5'9" at 17 yo, and my 16 yo is 5'7", which is average. My hubby is 5'11" and I'm only 5'1". So, I'm just happy they're average in height!

Becki - posted on 06/25/2009

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my children are all small. with my older daughter she gets a little bummed out that she is the smallest in her class. but i remind her that great things come in small packages! at 12 your son has not grown to adult size yet. i would not consider hormones I would go with nature. if it is something he chooses to do as an adult, support that decision. help him find something he is good at, that will help him with his confidence. Best of luck :-}

Rebekah - posted on 07/08/2009

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I have a tall son,12 yrs and over 5' 7" and a short son who's 11 and shorter than his 10 yr old sister.He wishes to be taller and bigger, but I tell him his time will come when he has his growth spurt.I keep reading about all these boys that are short for their ages and classmates.Apparently it's the norm!!! Or we all wouldn't be here saying that our sons are short for their age lol. Let nature take it's course My uncle looked like he was a shrimp until his 16th birthday! It's common to see taller 7th grade girls then 7th grade boys in the same class.It's just the way nature is.

Patricia - posted on 07/07/2009

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My oldest son didn't start growing until 8th grade he was always the 3rd or 4th in line and my youngest is the same way. Their dad was 6ft and one uncle did not get height until he went away to college and the other is about 5ft 8 in. I would not resort to chemicals in his body and just reassure him that boys are good until they're 20's.



My oldest sons friend was short for his age all thru high school and he's 5ft 10 in now so don't trip and make it a big issue then you make him get concerned focus on his attributes and help his self esteem because that is the most important issue tell him if he were 5ft 9in right now he would be self conscious about being to tall so as long as his inner man is addressed the outer man can handle anything.

Amanda-jane - posted on 07/05/2009

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what does your doctor say about this??? that should be your first port of call.

my son is small for his age also. did you know that in adolesence kids grow 25 cm or more

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