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How Do You Know If Your Having A Growth Spurt
How do you know if you have had your growth spurt? And is it possible to have a second growth spurt?
Growth: Usually, when your height has stabilized and you don't continue to have significant changes for a year or more, you may have finished your growth spurt. For most girls, the fastest growth time is 2 years before the first period and 2 years after. Some boys may have a second growth spurt, but it is less common in girls. ...Read more
A growth spurt: Is an increase in the rate of height growth from baseline. Most children from age 5 on will grow between 2-2.5 inches a year, often gaining a little more weight in the winter and height in the summer, but during a growth spurt, this rate increases to 3 or more inches a year. It may be accompanied by an increase in appetite or other signs of puberty with genital hair and breast growth, etc. ...Read more
Confusing question: Your basic data lists your age at 50, so for you any linear growth is done. If asking for someone else, we know by doing serial measurements. An increase in sleep needs and appetite can be crude signals, but we generally only know by watching the attained growth on a chart. ...Read more
Increase in height: Body during growth spurt for both boys and girls, exhibit significant changes. Height, weight and fat distribution changes are different in boys and girls and correspond to onset of puberty, which is physiological maturity along with physical growth. See link for addition pointers. ...Read more
Eating more often: Growth spurts happen frequently during the first year of life. Typically at 1 week, 3 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 9 months you can expect some increased feeding and growing! During this time your baby will want to eat more often at night, and may be cranky. Growth spurts generally only last a few days and then your baby's schedule will go back to normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES: Growth is a variable process during the transition of puberty. Late bloomers will usually finish their linear growth later than those who start early, but for girls there are some predictable markers.Menses is expected by 2-3 years after breast buds emerge and the hormones that support these markers also signal the bones to do their final growth. Expect an average of 2.5 inches after 1st menses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I feel HUNGRIER than usual. I'm 16 yo. Got period at 15 yo. Does this mean I am having a growth spurt or growing taller? Grew inch1/2 after 1st period
Not necessarily: Growth in girls usually slows after periods start and usually stops about a year after menses begin. At 19 you have certainly fused your growth plates and will not be growing more. Have you had a balanced diet with all essential nutrients? Could you be iron deficient? Could you be pregnant? If your appetite continues to be excessive in your opinion you may want to have a check up. ...Read more
My ankles have been sore and I'm 16. Does this mean I'm having a growth spurt? Or increasing height? I've had my period over a year
Lower back pain, weak legs and arms. Does this mean I'm having a growth spurt/getting taller? 16 year old girl, got first period 15 yr 0 mo
See below: Depends on what you define as a growth spurt. Usually, these may last for a few weeks to months but some people start then just continue to grow until their genetic limit is reached. If the pattern shows something outside the family pattern, get seen by your doc for an evaluation. ...Read more
Any time: There are really no rules when it comes to teenage growth. That is why some boys end up 6'8" NBA stars and the rest of us don't. Joking aside, boys' height typically slows by age 14-16 and girls' by age 13-15. Some conditions may alter these typical windows, and sometimes kids will surprise everyone with a 19 year old spurt, but the vast majority fit into the norms described. ...Read more
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