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Dr. Rodolfo Saca
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Growth Chart (Definition)

A growth chart is used by pediatricians to follow a child's growth over time. Growth charts have been constructed by observing the growth of large numbers of normal children over time. The height, weight, and head circumference of a child can be compared to the expected parameters of children of the same age and sex to determine whether the ...Read more


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My 7 year old son is 4 foot 8 inches tall and weighs 119lbs where is he on the growth chart?

My 7 year old son is 4 foot 8 inches tall and weighs 119lbs where is he on the growth chart?

Greater than 99%: Your son is greater than the 99% for both height and weight for boys his age. This means that basically nobody (or very few) boys are larger than he is at his age. What's even more important is his body mass index (BMI). Here's a way for you to calculate that at the following link: https://nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/calculator.aspx. 99% tile "obese" ...Read more

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At what age it sensible to catheterize a child with 12mm ASD if length/height growth is normal?

At what age it sensible to catheterize a child with 12mm ASD if length/height growth is normal?

Atrial SD age 2 cath: ?: At what age it sensible to catheterize a child with 12mm ASD if length/height growth is normal? ANS: This depends on so many things that cannot be answered here. Ask your team for their recommendations not someone who had never seen or examined your child and discussed issues with you and significant other. . ...Read more

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At what age do the growth plates on boys close?

At what age do the growth plates on boys close?

Varies: This can vary, usually from 16-18 but there are outliers. An x-ray of the wrist and hand can verify when this occurs. ...Read more

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My brother is going through a growth spurt now....Is his voice box growing too?

My brother is going through a growth spurt now....Is his voice box growing too?

Voice: Although the voice box may grow some, the deepening of the voice is more from thickening of the vocal cords. This is probably happening as he goes through puberty, although the actual change in the voice can occur rather quickly. ...Read more

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My daughter is four. I'm worried about her development. Is autism an inherited trait or a developmental trait based on the child's environment?

My daughter is four. I'm worried about her development. Is autism an inherited trait or a developmental trait based on the child's environment?

Inherited latest: The latest thinking is that genes play a strong role. Much research is ongoing in autism genetics with some great discoveries. If you are concerned about her development, then I'm concerned too! At your daughter's age, she should be able to have a thorough evaluation and reach a diagnosis of developmental disorder, or not. Start with your general pediatrician and seek specialty care if necessary ...Read more

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My brother is 15 years old 5'5" and 95kg.Can this weight stunt his growth or affect his height in any way?

My brother is 15 years old 5'5" and 95kg.Can this weight stunt his growth or affect his height in any way?

his weight on itself: Will likely not stunt his growth, unless of course if he is severely malnourished. He needs to eat a balanced diet, and follow instructions of his physician. Weight management, and weight loss will be very helpful in minimizing the many negative health effects of obesity. (i'm assuming you mean 95 kg, and not pounds). ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Baby girl 4.5 months old, weights 5.95kg was born 3kg. Is she underweight? She's otherwise healthy and meeting her developmental milestones

No: Sounds normal the average baby doubles their birthweight at about 5-6months which she basically has done.Check with your pediatrician, but she sounds fine. ...Read more

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If a boy is 5'0" with size 9 shoes at 12 what is his estimated adult height?

If a boy is 5'0" with size 9 shoes at 12 what is his estimated adult height?

5'10": If a boy is 5'0" at 12 and has bone maturity equal to his age, he should follow the normal growth charts and end up 5'10". An x-ray of the left wrist and hand can be assessed for "bone age".If the growth centers are open and consistent with a 10yo, the kid would likely be taller, if more like 14, shorter. Shoe size has no predictive value. See www.Cdc.Gov/growthcharts. ...Read more

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Daughter's 7yo, overweight. Since baby 95-97centile weight&height. Gained 7cm (2 3/4 in)/1 year, but droped 2 cent in height. Is it a growth spurt?

See a doctor: If you have access, you may want to see a pediatric endocrinologist to make sure that there are no underlying hormonal reasons for these changes your daughter's been going through. ...Read more

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Excessive masterbution from age15 male caused early onset puberty causing my growth plates to close prematurely resticting to my potential height gain?

Not true: That just doesn't happen. These are simply tales which have no bearing on the reality of genetics. Children masturbate from the time they're very small. People would be dwarfs if this concept was based in any reality. ...Read more

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My 11 mon old girl has a circumference of only 43cms.she is hitting all her milestones.she is 32 percentile ( weight )& 95(height).shld I b concerned?

My 11 mon old girl has a circumference of only 43cms.she is hitting all her milestones.she is 32 percentile ( weight )& 95(height).shld I b concerned?

Mgt: The growth chart provides additional information about the velocity of growth. The values provided are one point in time on the growth curve, and are within the normal range for girls her age. If you are concerned, viewing her growth chart with your PCP is advised. ...Read more

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My daughter is 15 year old. Her height is 62 inches. which diet can help her to grow taller.

My daughter is 15 year old. Her height is 62 inches. which diet can help her to grow taller.

Well rounded diet: Height is mostly determined by genetics unless your daughter suffered from some severe illness in her past. Just a well rounded diet is best for now. There is no miracle food to increase height. She is probably nearing the end of her growth spurt at age 15. 62 inches is within normal range. ( BTW, I had a 63 inch daughter who was a star basketball player and has done just fine in life) ...Read more

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14yr old boy no chronic illness his wt is 30kg on 3rd percentile his hight is 138cm on 3rd percentile investigation normal .is his weight and hight ok?

Probably: if he has been along those percentiles or close to it for most of his life, then that is fine. If there has been a recent drop off, he should have a work up with his doctor ...Read more

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What is the average weight & height of an 8month old infant?

Varies: Around 20 lbs 28 inches. . There are different growth charts for girls and boys and prematurely born. There is a wide variation of normal. The best indcator of normal development is the steady growth of height, weight and head circumference over successive months ...Read more

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Age 14 son had left wrist bone age xray. results state his bone age is 17 but do not state that growth plates are closed. any hope for further growth?

Age 14 son had left wrist bone age xray. results state his bone age is 17 but do not state that growth plates are closed. any hope for further growth?

Yes: The major mechanical determinant of height is how long the longest bones in the body, like the femur (thigh) and tibia (leg), become. At the ends of these bones are the growth plates that appear like open spaces on x-rays when growth is ongoing but close when growth is completed. If the growth plate on your son is still open, there is potential for further growth. ...Read more

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