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My Child Wants to Grow Taller. What Should I Say?

For most kids, height isn't something they can change, so what do you say if your child worries about how tall or short they are?

Taking care of themselves — eating well, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of rest — is the best way for kids to help their bodies reach their natural potential. No pill, formula, or nutritional supplement can increase someone's height. Mostly, our genes determine how tall we will be.

During puberty, boys and girls will have a growth spurt and grow to their adult height. Girls who start puberty the latest will still be getting taller in their mid-teens. Boys who start puberty the latest will still be getting taller into their late teens. Most teens can expect to grow a total of about 7–10 inches during puberty before they reach their full adult height. But each person is a little different, so everyone starts and goes through puberty on their body's own schedule. Those who start a little later than their friends will usually continue to grow a little later too.

If you're concerned about your child's growth, talk with the doctor.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date Reviewed: Jan 1, 2021

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