Children grow with a different growth rate at different age. The table below showed the respective growth velocities.
Table showing the average growth rate of children from infancy to puberty
|0 – 6 months||18-22cm|
|6 – 12 months||14-18cm|
|1 -2 years old||11cm (per year)|
|2-3 years old||8cm (per year)|
|3-4 years old||7cm (per year)|
|4 years old to puberty (9-11 years old)||4-6cm (per year)|
|Puberty – Girl||20-25cm (entire period)|
|Puberty – Boy||25-30cm (entire period)|
Rapid growth occurs during infancy. Growth rate decrases gradually from birth to around 9-11 years old (before puberty). It is followed by another growth peak which signify the occurence of puberty. If a child’s height increases less than 4 cm/year during 4-9years old, he/she is having growth retardation. In that case parents should bring their child to seek medical advice from their paediatrician. Growth retardation may be related to endocrine problems and should not be neglected. Early diagnosis and proper treatment will help the child to go back to a normal growth rate.
(See appendix: Growth curve)
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