Your child is of the "small size" type, but until now his height did not bother you. Except that the gap is growing with his comrades ... You worry and your child too. The advice of Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, pediatrician in Paris.
Who disturbs it?
- Your child. He begins to make a fixation on his size. He compares with his friends.
- You. Its size becomes one of your main concerns. You fear that he feels complicated. What if you missed out on a health problem?
CASE BY CASE SOLUTION
He must deal with his inheritance
- Today, children are taller than two or three generations ago, thanks to more favorable dietary and environmental factors. Nevertheless, size is part of the hereditary heritage that you pass on to your child.
- If you are not giants in the family, there is little chance that the growth curve of your offspring will peak in heights.
What has to be done
- Give him as many chances as possible to gain inches. Choose a rich and varied diet. Teach him to stand up straight.
- Resist the cult of greatness. Cultivate its difference and take an example! You, his parents, are the proof that one can flourish even when one is not very big.
- What to tell him. "In life, it's not the size that makes you a remarkable and fulfilling person."
He has a lazy growth
- It may be that, for minor genetic reasons, your child's bones are slowly growing. This induces a discrepancy between its actual age and that of its bones and explains its growth curve.
What has to be done
- To check for this possibility, the pediatrician will have a radiograph of the left wrist to determine the bone age of your child. If the examination reveals that it is lower than its actual age, for example 8 years of bone age for a 10 year old child, this indicates that growth potential is preserved. He'll just have to wait.
- Conversely, if the bone age is the same as or higher than the actual age of your child, your doctor will refer you to an endocrinologist for further tests.
- What to tell him. "Do not worry, I'll take care of your size story, you'll have a wrist radio to check that everything is normal."