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Never Been Through A Growth Spurt
I am a 20 year old female and I believe I am going through a growth spurt but I am not for sure. What are some signs or symptoms?
Is it true that when babies sleep a lot sometime, is because they are going through a growth spurt?
It possible that my 15 yr old daughter is going through a growth spurt? She has recently grown 2 CM but no had no growth pain?
Past week=sudden increased appetite. Like I feel like a teenage boy about to go through a growth spurt. Got period 5 years ago, so prob not growth?
Not growing: 5 years after your first period you should be fully grown so a growth spurt is not likely. If you have an increasing appetite it is probably from other factors. Increased calorie needs can result from new levels of exercise, new body requirements (pregnancy), or nutritional deficiencies (iron deficiency anemia). ...Read more
What do you suggest if I am 16, 5 foot 11. I was 175 early september and I am now 190 pounds. Could this be that I will go through a growth spurt?
Doubtful: At 16 and 5-11, you likely have already gone through the majority of your height growth spurt. Your weight gain in part could be your bone structure becoming denser now and increased muscle mass, especially if a male. However, your weight gain could also be a red flag to you that you are now consuming too many calories and/or not getting enough exercise and have put on weight. Time to reassess... ...Read more
I'm going through a growth spurt and for the past month my breasts have been ichy but mainly only in my right breast and its now bigger than the other?
Rare but possible: In most boys the growth spurt starts around age 13 and is finished by 17 but if puberty is delayed the growth spurt could start as late as 16-17 and finish by age 20. It depends on how far advanced puberty is based on the genital exam and also how tall you are now and how much you have grown the past year. ...Read more
My 13week old baby is bottle and eating more than usual, teething but still not sleeping through the night- is it s growth spurt?
Sleep consolidation: Occurs between 1-4 mos. If you have a consistent bedtime & routine: in low light, read, feed, then wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth after last feed & put him on his back in his crib in his room, drowsy, but awake, to learn to self-calm to fall asleep. Wait 5 min. Before going in if he night-wakes. Hope for 6 hrs. Sleep @ 4 mos. & 11 pm-6 am by 5 mos. & avoid trained night-crying @ 6 mos. ...Read more
My 4 month old stopped sleeping through the night 3 weeks ago. He used to sleep for 8 hrs now he's up within 4.Can a growth spurt last this long?
My one year old used to sleep through the night mostly. Recently, waking up at 3am and will not go back to sleep unless fed. Normal? Growth spurt?
If you haven't: Already done so, take him/her to his/her pediatrician to make sure that nothing physical is wrong (ear infection/teething). If you've done that already, then it would be important to not have him/her continue this habit. A one year old should be able to eat enough during the day and not need to eat in the middle of the night. So hopefully, this is just temporary, & could be a growth spurt. ...Read more
Ok, so my 8 year old daughter is going through something. I'm thinking it may be a growth spurt. She is hungry almost all the time now, sleeping alot?
Growth spurt: Please go with her to a pediatrician and review the growth curve. Subsequent evaluation and management will tel whether everything is OK or not. Let's hope that all is OK. If that is not the case careful and detailed management will almost certainly keep things under control. ...Read more
Other development: The bigger question is whether other development is on track or whether puberty has not started for you yet. If you have developed breasts, pubic & axillary hair and started your menses, then this is an isolated problem of growth/stature. If none of the other things have happened yet, there is concern about primary reproductive delay/delayed puberty, and this is a different issue. See doc soon! ...Read more
I'm 16 and I haven't had a growth spurt at all I've only grown an inch every year standing at the height of 5'5. Will I still get my growth spurt.
Hard to say: Most females are done by 16-17, & you provide little info to work on. Expected female height is 1/2 total parental height less 2.5 inches. They also tend to stop within 3 years of their first menses. An x-ray of your wrist/hand could show if you have potential for more growth, but if the growth centers have closed, you are done. ...Read more
Platform shoes: At a listed age of 44, there is no way to "grow" taller. If you are asking for someone else, the growth centers that determine linear growth close after adolescence, at 16-17 in most females and 18 in most males. After closure, you can not grow taller. ...Read more
I am 17 years old and I am 6ft tall but to be honest I really haven't hit a noticeable growth spurt?
Don't know exact height before so can't compare but feel inches taller now & people saying I look taller. Is that poss-growth spurt-in mid to late 30s?
Not probable: Not physiologically probable. Heels? Posture? These are probably two of the more likely potential factors... ...Read more
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
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