Video:How Tall Will Your Kids Be?with Dr. Danelle Fisher
Want to predict your children's height? Watch this About.com video to see how to calculate their potential height and other factors that influence growth.See Transcript
Transcript:How Tall Will Your Kids Be?
Hi I’m Dr. Danelle Fisher, Board Certified Pediatrician with www.WestchesterPeds.com and I’m here today for About.com to answer the question, how tall will your kids be?
Calculating Your Kid's Height
A lot of parents want to know how tall their kids will be when they grow up. There are a few ways to calculate the final adult height for your child. While none of them are foolproof, they can give a good estimate to what height your child will be when grown. Grab a pen and paper so you can jot down these formulas and see for yourself.
One way to determine a child’s final adult height is to calculate the Mid-Parental Height, in inches. For boys, add the paternal height plus the maternal height plus 5, and divide by 2. For girls, add the maternal height plus the paternal height, subtract 5, and divide everything by 2. While this is a good formula, it will predict that all sons in the family will be the same height, and all daughters in the family will be the same height. As we know from experience, this is rarely the case.
Another way to estimate the final adult height is to double the child’s height at 2 years of age. A third way to calculate the final adult height is to follow the standardized growth charts from 2-18 years, and project forward to age 18 years.
Other Factors that Influence Height
A number of things can affect what the child’s final adult height will be, including receiving adequate nutrition, being free from chronic disease or high dose long-term steroid use, and not having premature puberty. The best way to ensure that your child is growing well is to have regular well-child visits with your pediatrician and discuss your child’s overall health.
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