A 18-year-old male asked:
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is it possible for a 5'11 14 year old boy who shaves everyday to grow taller? parents 5'6 and 6'3

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Minimal growth is: anticipated. Once a male is mature enough to shave daily, the growth plates on the bones generally fuse and one would not expect much more growth. The best way to tell is to measure height every 3 months, if there is less than a half inch difference, then growth has plateaued.
Answered on Jun 15, 2015
Dr. Paul Kaplowitz
45 years experience Pediatric Endocrinology
Very unlikely: If you are shaving you are late in puberty (probably started earlier than the average boy) and the growth plates in your bones have closed. Not sure why you are concerned since your height is fine and quite appropriate considering heights of your parents.
Answered on Jun 22, 2015
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Dr. Ellen Altenburg
31 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Usually boys grow until late teens/early 20's. If the boy didn't enter puberty early, there is definitely more growth potential.
Answered on Jul 31, 2015
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Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Most accurate assessment is to get a bone age done. The shaving shouldn"t have anything to do with it. One rule of thumb is to get mid-parental height which is 5'10.5" and then 1.5" which comes out at 6' even. Bone age is best You get growth hormone levels but that is tricky as HGH is not secreted continuously but in a pulsatile fashion. Best to do stimulated GH at your local University Medica
Jul 31, 2015

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