See How They Grow

Can I Make My Short Child Taller?

If your child is below the 5th percentile in height, he could be deficient in growth hormone (GH). Doctors can prescribe a synthetic version to promote growth in children whose bodies don't produce enough of the hormone naturally or who suffer from certain diseases that impede growth. GH won't make basketball stars out of short kids, but it can help an abnormally small child gain some height.

What if a child is short but otherwise healthy? Most doctors won't prescribe GH to kids who are not hormone deficient, but new research suggests it could add up to two inches to a healthy child's final height. The growth comes at a high price, however. GH involves daily injections and can cost about $20,000 a year. Side effects in healthy kids are still unknown.

Parents Are Talking

Add a Comment