Your Child’s Height: The Long & Short of it

Published On: 14 December 2021

Prof Fabian Yap

Head and Senior Consultant, Paediatric Endocrinology, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School

A child grows in length from the time of conception and throughout childhood, until final height is reached upon the completion of puberty.

Concerns about shortness, tallness and a child’s height potential are among the most common anxieties parents have about their children.

  • What is height potential and what does final height mean?

  • What is puberty and how is it related with height growth?

  • How do doctors use growth charts and hand X-rays to assess a child’s growth?

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