So I have a 4 year old (03/18/2005) who is 38 inches tall. If you have a 4 year old, how tall is he?

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Shanna - posted on 09/02/2009

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My 4 year old just hit the 11th percentile after being in third almost his whole life. His height was actually a symptom of celiac disease and he was diagnosed when he was 2 1/2. Once his diet was changed he grew 3 inches, but is still the same size as many 2 year olds we meet. He had lots of other symptoms though...he didn't talk until he was almost 3, and of course had serious digestive problems. If his only symptom is that he's small, I wouldn't worry too much short of some basic tests to make sure it isn't secondary to something more serious.

Jenie - posted on 08/31/2009

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Oh on that note, I did take my son in for genetic testing...He was going to be treated for short stature, but I was not willing to let them pump him full of growth hormones...That was last year and he had just hit puberty...They also did a bone age test, it showed his bones were one year younger than his actual age. His doctor said he's healthy and did not need to be treated medically speaking, It would have been a personal choice. I feel that if it isn't broken don't try to fix it...Side effects just aren't worth it!!!

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Angelica - posted on 07/31/2013

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Hi Summer, I realize this is an old post but can you tell me how old and how tall your son is now? I have a son who is 4 yrs 8 months old and only 39 inches tall and 33 pounds he is the oldest in his class and also the shortest! His doctor is not concerned but it hasn't done much to ease my mind.

Charntae - posted on 01/27/2013

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My son just turned 4 1/11/2013, and he's 39 inches tall. he has to be forced to eat meat and drinking milk is not his thing.The doctor has never rasied any questions about his eating habits,but im a concerned mom. Especially around other kids his age.

Sammantha - posted on 09/05/2009

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Summer, I don't think it will hurt that your doctor is checking into things I WOULD get a 2nd opinion before stressing yourself out too much. My 4 year old is small for his age and his pediatrician has expressed no concerns for his health or otherwise. He is 40 inches tall. Not much off from your son's height. Are you or any one in your family short? Genetics can pass down through different generations even skipping from one set to another. My mom is 5'4" and my dad is 5'10" but my brother is 6'6" where did that come from?! We discovered my great great grandpa was 7 foot! So there ya go! :o)

You are in my prayers for everything to be okay.

Joanna - posted on 09/05/2009

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I have a 4 year old girl. (7/30/05) She is 38". My middle daughter was short at first and then would have a huge growth spurt, stay that way for along time, and then another spurt...

Darvionne - posted on 09/05/2009

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my daughter turned 5 this year and she's a tall one - she's 48 inches tall! She comes up to my mid-upper arm and she's at her 10 year old brother's chin. She's gonna be a tall one! We just have no idea where the height comes from; I'm not overly tall (5 ft 7 in) and her dad is just 6 ft.

Annie - posted on 09/04/2009

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My son is 4 1/2 yrs. and is off the chart. He's about 44". At this point I wouldn't worry because if your son is gaining wt, growing, and eating well he may just be short for his age. If he is on the up swing or consistent on the chart at his 5%, I wouldn't worry. However, a simple blood test and x-rays are simple tests if you want to put your mind at ease. (as long as you have insurance) I would get a second opinion if they want to treat anything with hormones.

Trixie - posted on 09/04/2009

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My little boy is 4 years old and is the same height as your little boy. My doctor has no worries with my son. She just tells me that he is small for he's age and he more in likely will start to catch up with the other boys hes age. I wouldn't worry to much about he's height. As long as he is healthy I wouldn't get to worked up about it.

Deirdra - posted on 09/03/2009

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My 4y/o is only 37". My dr says that although he is a little short for his age that it is ok. My in-laws continually give me a hard time for how much smaller my children are compaired to the size of of the other grandchildren. Sometimes that does bother me but i also look @ my side of the family and I see that on my side we r late bloomers. Dont worry about it and relax. Every child is different and grows @ their own pace.

Sandi - posted on 09/03/2009

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I have a 4 year old (05/24/05) and he is 3 feet, 4 and 3/8th inches tall (40 and 3/8 inches). Logan is low as well, but I'm not concerned...it is probably genetics (Like you said). Tall or short, he is your child. Follow what your heart says.

Yunique - posted on 09/03/2009

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I have a 3 1/2yr old who was 42 inches tall at his 3yr old check-up but he was above the 95th percentile for his height. Most people think he is about 5 or 6

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Growth spurts are all different you never know he may grow next month or next year and even out with the other kids, but someone has to be in the lower percentages.

Jennifer - posted on 09/03/2009

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My son, who just turned five (8/18), measures in at 41" and is 40 pounds. He is in the 5th percentile for his age for height and weight. The doctor is NOT concerned because he has had a steady increase in his weight/height since birth. Yes, he is small (the shortest kid in his class)...but his pediatrician said as long as he's growing steadily, even if he's only in the 5th percentile, there is no concern...that he is more than likely short/slight for his age because of genetics. I would get a second opinion before putting your son through a battery of tests!!! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 09/03/2009

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if there is a big dip in his height you should have him checked, it is better safe then sorry. I have two kids my daughter is 10 and is 51 inches and my son who is 7 is only 46 inches. I recently had my daughter tested for her height just to make sure she was ok, and everything was fine but it did make me feel better you can't really do anything for them except growth hormones which they don't give until they are older, but it has to be done before they hit puberty. With your son being so young they might just make sure his body doesn't have any issue. Go with the docs on this one, and you will thank yourself later because it will ease any concerns.

Kimberly - posted on 09/02/2009

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My step daughter was 42 inches at 7 yrs of age...well-below the charts..she is 8 1/2 and now almost 46 inches...And has hit 40 pounds finally..She was only 5 pounds at birth ( her bio mom didn't want to eat when she was preggers and they had to take her 2 months early).
My bio daughter was underweight (21 years ago). The pediatrician said he would call child services if it didn't pick up. She was only 1 or 2 pounds under where she needed to be. She was 7 pounds 12 ounces at birth, and always gained (never lost) At the time I was 21 at 100 pounds and her bio dad was 140 pounds. I asked him if he thought genetics might play a part in it and he backed off.
Kids grow at different rates that is true, and there are charts for a reason; too much deviation can indicate a problem. But we all need to use a little common sense judgment - including the doctors..make sure they and you have the entire picture.

Bess - posted on 09/01/2009

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I would not worry all three of my sons were 4 years old and almost 40 inches. Now they are 5' 10", 6' 1" and just hitting puberty at 5'9" and growing and he is 18 years old. Some kids just grow alittle slower.

Misty - posted on 09/01/2009

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My little bug is a HUGE 49"...totally off the growth chart, but my now 9 y/o was only 37" on her 5th birthday...Each is different.

Tracy - posted on 09/01/2009

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My son is 4 (going to be 5 in two months) and is 41" tall. I don't go by what doctors say for height. Bio father is 5'9 and I'm 5'6. Humor the doctors. It comes back that he's a healthy baby boy? I do a lot just to appease the doctors. After he passes the tests they go on their way. LOL But it's always better to be safe than sorry. But I don't see there being a problem. :)

Amanda - posted on 09/01/2009

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My barely 5yo (8/18/04) is only 39 inches. Kids come in all shapes and sizes! My husband and I are both 5foot 3 inches tall, so its genetics and my sons doctor is not at all concerned. I also have an 8 yo who is the same size as most 1st graders. Don't get too freaked out, some kids are just small, while other may just take longer than others then suddenly grow all a once.

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Has your child always been in the low percentile range? If so, I don't think you need to worry unless there are other issues possibly related the height issue. Like other developemental problems. But it's your choice to do tesing. Doctors are not always right.

Ni Cole - posted on 09/01/2009

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My daughter has always been below the fifth percentile, and one time she even fell below the first percentile. I've known other kids who also are below the fifth percentile. My daughter ended up being tested for different things, she had the bone age test, which is the x-ray of her hand. They tested her for cystic fibrosis, which was negative. Her bone age is a couple of years behind, but that's just how she is and the endocrinologist said that she just might hit puberty a little late and might continue to grow past the age of most kids. We did all of the blood tests, they check growth hormone, liver and kidney function, thyroid, blood sugar, and a couple of other things. With my daughter and the other kids I've known, nothing has shown up. Some kids are simply smaller than "normal" and that's okay. And if there is something wrong, it's best to find out now. But if your son has reached milestones and seems happy and healthy, then most likely he's just small or a "late bloomer" like my daughter. And if he's still small then when he's older the endocrinologist will offer to start him on growth hormone injections. My daughter is nine now and we are not doing the injections since the blood tests show that her body does produce growth hormones. Some kids do not though, but I think that's rare from what I've learned since we started on this. I know a boy who is in 6th grade now and he is very tiny, his first grade sister is taller than him. After years of tests which show nothing, his parents finalliy said "enough!" and they enocurage him and let him pursue his interests and he seems very happy and not bothered by his size at all, however I bet your boy will be taller than him. Hope I didn't ramble too much and that this info. helps you!

Chrissy - posted on 09/01/2009

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Quoting Summer:

So I have a 4 year old (03/18/2005) who is 38 inches tall. If you have a 4 year old, how tall is he?

height issues  Don't worry he will grow. I have two children one is three and she is short and very tiny for her age and I also have a four year old boy (11-27-04) who is very tall. He is 49 inches tall.



 





 

Alex - posted on 09/01/2009

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My youngest son just turned 4 on the 15th August and is around 38 inches tall, he is so little that he's still in 2-3 year old clothing (believe me finding grey school trousers is a nightmare)!! I've seen our GP & health visitor with him in recent weeks (not related to his height) & neither of them were concerned about his height, in fact he's around average height for his reception class. Ultimately I think it's up to you whether you want to put your child through the blood works & hospital visits and how well you think he will cope with it. I wouldn't worry about the percentile - that's just an average reading taken from all the results of all the measuring done on young children, at least that's how my GP explained it to me. She also said that we're all different & we don't all meet the 'criteria' on medical charts.

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My daughter is 4 but she will be 5 in October, she is a little over 40 inches tall. She is a peanut though. She has been small since birth. Don't worry about height. When the time is right the will sprout like a bean, I have 4 children and they are all different. Nothing to worry about. Hope that helps

Beth - posted on 08/31/2009

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I think the thing to be concerned about is - has he been following his height percentile or has he scewed from it?



My DD's weight has only ever been at the 5th percentile - but it's still there - she eats and eliminates - so no worries.

Paula - posted on 08/31/2009

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I agree with you on that one... wait another year and see where he is at at that time.

Paula - posted on 08/31/2009

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I wouldnt worry about it at this point. Unless he is showing other symptoms other then being shorter then average. If your dr acts concerned I would get a second opinion, or ask your dr if there are other reasons to be concerned then just the height issue.

Jenie - posted on 08/31/2009

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Don't worry, neither of my kids have ever made it on to the charts at the Dr. office...My 7 3/4 year old daughter is 43 inches tall and my 14 year old son is 4ft 7in.

Shelley - posted on 08/29/2009

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My son is 4 years, 5 months and is 38". No worries. He's just small for his age. Good things come in small packages!

Summer - posted on 08/29/2009

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The reason for my concern is that the doctor said he has fallen below the 5th percentile for his age for height and wants to do blood work and x-rays of his hand to make sure there are no diseases or deficiencies. I read online and it could be anything from genetics (very possible in this case!) or as bad as a brain tumor! I was wondering if anyone else has had these types of concerns brought up with their children and what the outcome was. Also, wondering if he is actually that much shorter than other kids his age!

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