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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 more
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 more
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
Varies: Boys normally enter puberty between ages 9-14 as evident by initiation of testicular growth. The actual pubertal growth spurt happens during mid-late puberty in boys. Puberty is complete within 2-4.5 years from the start depending on the boy. The peak growth velocity can be anywhere from 1-3 years after signs of initial testicular enlargement. Statistically, the average age for this is 12-14 yo. ...Read more
Growth spurt: Growth spurts begin during childhood and end usually well before age 25. Your pediatrician should have charts of your height and weight growth and it should have been given to you and your parents. If they don't have anything to show you complain to your current doctor. Everyone should have that information available to them from age 1 month to 18. ...Read more
Not often: By 17 most males see their growth centers begin to close and growth slows. An x-ray of the hand can be analysed to see what stage the growth is entering. Some "late bloomers"continue slow steady growth into their early 20's, but most stop at 18. ...Read more
Getting taller: Getting taller is the primary thing. Can be associated with increase in appetite in children. The key is to see linear growth in proportion to increased appetite and weight gain. There is quite a bit of perceived " growth spurt" in the US among parents regarding their children in which the child is really just gaining too much weight as compared to height! Babies are different! ...Read more
Way more often than not growth has slowed down substantially a by age 18 so a growth spurt is unlikely.
However, over the next several years your bones and joints will continue to improve your skeletal health. ...Read more
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