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My 2 year old is significantly shorter and lighter than her peers. Should I be concerned?
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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
I agree with my colleague; but would also ask that you consider the height(s) of you, your spouse, and your parent/family.
The stature of the "family" does play a large part in the height of the child; and should take the fear out of the equation if the child is eating and otherwise developing normally. Petite parents have a good chance of having petite children; exception apply of course.

In brief: Possibly
I agree with my colleague; but would also ask that you consider the height(s) of you, your spouse, and your parent/family.
The stature of the "family" does play a large part in the height of the child; and should take the fear out of the equation if the child is eating and otherwise developing normally. Petite parents have a good chance of having petite children; exception apply of course.
Dr. Paul Cohen
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly concerning
When a child is shorter and lighter that his/her peers, this may be normal or it may be a serious condition known as failure to thrive.
This depends on several issues including ongoing medical problems, medications, the child's actual age compared with the actual age of the peers, and an evaluation of the child's growth chart from birth to present age. See your family doctor or pediatrician soon.

In brief: Possibly concerning
When a child is shorter and lighter that his/her peers, this may be normal or it may be a serious condition known as failure to thrive.
This depends on several issues including ongoing medical problems, medications, the child's actual age compared with the actual age of the peers, and an evaluation of the child's growth chart from birth to present age. See your family doctor or pediatrician soon.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
It is basic that 10% of normal kids will be shorter and lighter than 90% of kids the same age.
That diversity is part of our genetic makeup.If this is a pattern your kid has followed for 2 years, it is more likely to be her normal. If she started out average and is now much different, it is likely a problem.This is something that pediatricians consider every checkup.Talk it over with doc.

In brief: Maybe
It is basic that 10% of normal kids will be shorter and lighter than 90% of kids the same age.
That diversity is part of our genetic makeup.If this is a pattern your kid has followed for 2 years, it is more likely to be her normal. If she started out average and is now much different, it is likely a problem.This is something that pediatricians consider every checkup.Talk it over with doc.
Dr. James Ferguson
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