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Growth

A to Z: Failure to Thrive

Failure to thrive refers to a child's inability to gain weight and grow as expected for kids of the same age and gender. Most diagnoses are made in the first few years of life.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Charts

Doctors use body mass index (BMI) measurements to assess a child's physical growth in relation to other kids the same age. Here's how to calculate BMI and understand what the numbers mean.

Dwarfism

Dwarfism is a condition that is characterized by short stature. Many of the possible complications of dwarfism are treatable, so that people of short stature can lead healthy, active lives.

Failure to Thrive

Most kids follow growth patterns that are normal, but others have ”failure to thrive” – they fail to gain weight as expected and have poor height growth.

Growing Pains

Does your child sometimes wake up crying in the middle of the night complaining of throbbing leg pain? It could be growing pains.

Growth and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old

You're in for a year of changes! Midway through this year, most babies are walking and starting to lose that "baby" look.

Growth and Your 13- to 18-Year-Old

Kids entering puberty will undergo many changes in their developing bodies. Find out more about what to expect.

Growth and Your 2- to 3-Year-Old

During the third year of life, toddlers are extremely active and mobile, and are learning in very physical ways.

Growth and Your 4- to 5-Year-Old

Kids who are 4 to 5 years old continue to learn in a very physical way, but are more focused than when they were younger.

Growth and Your 6- to 12-Year-Old

As kids grow from grade-schoolers to preteens, there continues to be a wide range of "normal" as far as height, weight, and shape.