Too small for her age?

Rebecca - posted on 09/16/2016 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Greetings all, my daughter informed me yesterday that her doctor informed her that my granddaughter who is nine years old and in the fourth grade is way too small for her age. Has anyone out there ever experienced anything like this before?

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Jodi - posted on 09/16/2016

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25th percentile is fine! That actually means she is bigger than 25% of children her age. My perfectly healthy daughter was at about the 5th percentile for YEARS (she was born 5th percentile). It was only as she has hit puberty she has caught up with her peers a bit more.

Sarah - posted on 09/16/2016

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If she is 25% I would say she is good as long as there was not a jump down to that 25%.

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Dove - posted on 09/16/2016

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25% is definitely not 'too small'. Is she smaller than 75% of kids her age? Yep... but w/out a 25% there wouldn't be a 50% or a 75%... or even a 5%. Kids come in all sizes and as long as they are continuing to grow and thrive... the actual number means nothing.

Rebecca - posted on 09/16/2016

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Thank you, I'm thinking this grandma jumped to a fretful conclusion. Thank you all for your feedback. Hugs!

Rebecca - posted on 09/16/2016

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Always been tiny and I just texted my dsughter. She tells me Farrah is in the 25th percentile. She has a brother that is 11 months younger and is slightly bigger in both weight and height.

Dove - posted on 09/16/2016

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My son is around the 25% for height and weight... little bit under I think. He has always been short, but used to be closer to the 50th% in weight until around 4ish (he's 8 now). He's fine though.

If she has always been small it could just be her... or there could be an issue. If she used to be at a higher percentage on the charts, but has dropped dramatically there could be an issue. Is the doctor concerned enough to be running tests or just saying that she's too small?

Sarah - posted on 09/16/2016

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I am a school nurse and of course there are kids who are way behind their peers in size. If the doctor is genuinely concerned then a full metabolic and endocrine work-up should be done to be sure there not an underlying medical condition.
Has she always been tiny, or did she recently fall lower on the growth chart?

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