What is short stature?

Short stature is a condition in which your child’s height is much lower than expected for his age and sex. This is determined by plotting your child’s height on the growth chart. The pediatrician or endocrinologist (hormone doctor) will go over the growth chart with you and your child. The doctor will also consider the rate at which your child is growing. Children who grow at a much slower rate than their peers will eventually end up being shorter than their peers.

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