Hi. My 2nd son, Sam is quite small for his age. All my children are as we are genetically small on both sides of the family. Sam seems to be extra small. He's 9 and a half and looks like he is about 6. He really isn't much taller than my 6 year old daughter. His clothes are probably 5 sizes smaller than his friends clothes. When do you start to worry?

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Lorna - posted on 01/19/2009

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Quoting Ann:

Hi. My 2nd son, Sam is quite small for his age. All my children are as we are genetically small on both sides of the family. Sam seems to be extra small. He's 9 and a half and looks like he is about 6. He really isn't much taller than my 6 year old daughter. His clothes are probably 5 sizes smaller than his friends clothes. When do you start to worry?




hi, please dont worry about the size of your son, the doctors told me my daughter would be well under 4ft 10 she is now about 5ft 3, as long as he is healthy thats all that matters, my son who is now 15 was one of the smallest in his class when he was about your sons age , he is now 5ft7, and im only 4ft 11. as long as you dont make it a problem then your son wont either. im sure he will be fine. 

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Julie - posted on 08/22/2012

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I forgot with Janine she has been doing gymnastics for the past 3 years.She seems very happy there has alot of the children are quite short.It seems that is also the same for the boys.I dont know if Francis and Malcolm wanted to take it up has it may give them more confidence.St this time Malcolm is finding it hard with starting high school and having his uniform altered.

Julie - posted on 08/22/2012

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I have 4 children out of them 3 are of short stature.Malcolm is 12 and he is only 4'4 next is Janine and she is 10 and she is 4'0 next is Francis and he is 4'2.Joseph is the youngest and he is 8 and already 4'6.All the children have been medically checked out to see why they are shorter.It came back apparently i and my husband have a gene inside us which affects the height of our children.I am 5'6 and my husband is 5'10.Joseph is the only one that is slightly shorter than class friends.The bone structure has showed that Malcolm Janine and Francis are going to be between the height of 4'5 and 4'8.Joseph may reach 4'10.Malcolm is frustrated that his youngest brother is already taller than him and picks on him alot.Janine is okay has she says that she has plenty of friends that lookout for her.I only have to buy new clothes for Joseph has the others havent grown much over the last 2 years.

Annie - posted on 07/16/2012

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Hi Ann, you posted about your son and your concerns about his growth on Circle of Moms in 2009. I am curious what decisions you made about his growth and if he has now caught up with his peers? Thanks, Annie

Annie - posted on 07/16/2012

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Hi Shauna, my son is 13 and small with little energy. I noticed your post about your son in 2009 on Circle of Moms. I am curious how your son is doing today? We are trying to make decisions about HGH and hoping that he will grow on his own... Thanks! Annie

Angela - posted on 01/19/2009

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Have you had him tested for "Celiac Disease"?  it affects the lower intestine, preventing the absorption of nutrients into the body and can stunt growth.  The only way to treat it is to take Gluten (found in Wheat, Barley and Rye) out of your diet.



They say 1 in 113 people have this and don't know about it.



We found out my 8yr old had this almost a year ago, she was always extremely small for her age.



It's worth checking out.



 

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My uncle and cousin had this problem when they were young. Once they hit puberty, they shot up in height. You may want to have him tested for dwarfism, but he should be ok.

Vicky - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hi, my son is the same hes 11 and has just gone into 8 year old trousers, my daughter is 8 and wears the same size clothes as him, looking at them you wouldn't think there was 3 years between them. At school all his friends tower over him and his has now got the nickname Titchy which he loves. My husband was the same he was small until he hit 15/16. I'm not worried, hes a healthy and happy lad who will grow in time. x

CIndy - posted on 01/18/2009

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Quoting Hazel:



I have the same concern since my son is also very small.  My husband & I are small frame & stature but I wanted to ensure my son did not have any health issues preventing growth.  We had him tested (almost like bone x-rays) to ensure he was growing normally and he is, however I still worry since he seems "very tiny" compare to friends.  The good thing is that I know "healthwise" he is fine.  If you are concern then talk to his doctor and ensure his bones are growing properly. 






IF you are concerned I would get him tested like mentioned. My sister in law didn't find out my nephew had a growth hormone problem till he was 8. He was normal according to the charts till then. Always on the short side but normal. They did a bone test and found his bones were that of a 5 year old. It took a few years of growth hormone to get him to catch up. It wasn't till he was about 12 to catch up with my son who is only 1 month older. We all thought it was so cute that the boys were exactly a head apart in height. It was not so funny when they started to grow apart in height. They now are only a head apart again. Better safe than sorry. It could just be nothing. Make sure it is.>^,,^

Cathrine - posted on 01/18/2009

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as long as he is healthy, that is all that matters. my 10 year old was only 5lb 2oz when he was born, a lot smaller than his brothers and sister, but he his now almost 5foot. so ann please don't worry.

Hazel - posted on 01/18/2009

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I have the same concern since my son is also very small.  My husband & I are small frame & stature but I wanted to ensure my son did not have any health issues preventing growth.  We had him tested (almost like bone x-rays) to ensure he was growing normally and he is, however I still worry since he seems "very tiny" compare to friends.  The good thing is that I know "healthwise" he is fine.  If you are concern then talk to his doctor and ensure his bones are growing properly. 

Sha'ree - posted on 01/18/2009

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I would talk to your Dr. Some kids have their own curve they grow on and as long as they are growing(even if it's at their own pace) and they are healthy otherwise, there should be nothing to worry about.

Paulette - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hi Ann, I can see the logic of the other posts but, I was wondering if he is a good eater or picky eater? My son is a picky eater but he has texture issues. He is 7 yrs old and wearing a size 4 in shirts and pants a size 5. He is still playing catch up due to heart repair as an infant and the dr said he would catch up. He is on the low percentile on the chart. Is your pediatrician concerned?  Does your son have a medical issues that would have an impact on his growth? Does his pitutary gland function at a proper level? It is better now to investigate whether you should be concerned than wait because at 9 he is 3 years away from puberty and half way till high school graduation. If you are worried enough to ask the question here, then you should ask your pediatrician to run some tests. If you feel strong enough and your pediatrician isn't get a second opinion. You should trust your instincts. If he is a good eater then there are some possibilites...could be his digestive tract where his body isn't absorbing all the nutrients or possibly pitutary gland or other possibilities only a dr can conclusively tell you. I hope you find some answers to your concerns. Have a good day and take care. 

Laurie - posted on 01/18/2009

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My son is also small for his age he is 11 and is wearing about a 7-8 clothing, we are not too worried because my husband was also small, our pediatrician is doing a bone age on my son to see if everything is ok, they have also done bloodwork to see if he would be a dwarf but everything came back negative, I wouldn't worry too much they all grow differently but talk to your doctor if you are concerned.

Ann - posted on 01/18/2009

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Thanks. I've never really been worried as he is healthy, energetic and extremely confident in his abilities. He's a great acrobat and very funny. Recently, however, other people's comments have made me question whether his growth is "normal". I think I'll trust my gut instinct.

Lori - posted on 01/18/2009

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My son, Dylan, has always been small also.  He is 13 and his 9-year-old brother is about the same size.  They have been around the same size for quite a few years.  Many people thought they were twins.  Our pediatrician said that there is really nothing to worry about, he may just be a small adult, or he could hit a growth spurt later in his teenage years.  We also took him to a pediatric endocrinologist.  There again, his growth hormone was just a teeny bit on the low side, but the endocrinologist said he was "normal" for him.  He is growing appropriately, just not as fast as others his age.



I agree with the other posts.  He is probably just growing a little slowly but definitely talk to your pediatrician.

Shannon - posted on 01/18/2009

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My brother was/is small for his age. he is now 21 and looks about 16. I remember my mom saying that there was something wrong with his growth and she had taken him to a natureopathic Dr when he was young. The Dr had given him some vitamins that he needed to take to improve how he metabolized food or something. Unfortunately we could not afford to keep him on the vitamins. I would not worry about it, unless his dream is to play professional basketball. My brother is looking into becoming a horse racing jockey cause he is the right size. You may want to get him into some karate or wrestling so that he feels confidant in himself as a person. Don't worry love him and be glad that you will save money on clothing him. I can still buy my mom clothes in the girls section sometimes.

Jennine - posted on 01/18/2009

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My son is also very small it seems he has a growth spurt every two years and he is now eight but still fits clothes aged 5 and 6 but I'm not worried he seems to be growing just alot slower than everyone else. His brother is the opposite and is taller and bigger than his age group so I think its just how they develop.

Shauna - posted on 01/18/2009

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I have seen a larger increase of smaller children in our community. Have you spoke with your pediatrician? My son is 13 and is slightly smaller than everyone in his grade and he was even a year older than the majority of them, our doctor stated he is just hitting growth spurts later than others so I wouldn't worry. They hit growth spurts every 3 to 5 years. Give him time, you never know he may just pop up there one day and you'll be able to look back and remember when. Our son has been the same size for going on 3 years now, just the last couple of months he started to go through changes of puberty and we look for a spike in growth over the next two years. Most of the men in both sides of the family are 6'2" or taller. I hope this is somewhat reassuring...give it time. :)

Teresa - posted on 01/18/2009

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What are you worried about?  That he will not be "regular sized" as an adult?  If so, ask your doctor about it.  Or are you worried that something is stunting his growth? 



 



I don't really know anything about this other than that some fellows I knew growing up who were "small" became big guys... And some who were big stopped growing at around 13/14 years of age... so growth does seem to be less than straight-forward.  Of course that does not help much if you are worried about the health of your son.



Also, I just wanted to offer you sympathy (for your concerns) and support.  And if you don't get same from your doc, see if s/he will send you to someone for a second opinion.



Best of luck.

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