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A 42-year-old female asked about a female:

Teen daughter should be growing is 5'2 & weighs 96 lb & doesn't seem to be growing & the scale is staying the same. can 13 y/o stop growing?

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Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 45 years experience
It's not unusual: Girls generally stop growing about a year or two after their first period, generally adding another 1-2 inches. So, if your daughter had her first period more than two years ago, it is normal for her to have pretty much stopped. Another thing to remember is that kids don't grow at a steady rate, but in spurts and stops, so she may be in-between spurts. The height of the parents also plays a role.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Maybe: Thirteen is earlier than average, but a girls linear growth is dependent on hormonal factors that trigger puberty. Girls gain an average of 2.5 inches after first menses, and about 5-6 after 1st breast development. The hormones that support the change tell the growth centers to close and linear growth stops.

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