Short Stature

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Short stature is recognized by comparing an individual childs height with that of a large population of a similar genetic background. Dr. Edward Hill discusses short stature and some of its causes in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Short stature means that a person is significantly shorter than average compared with others the same age. About 2 percent of people in the United States have short stature.

Short stature can have several causes. These include:

Family history of short stature

Poor diet

Certain chronic diseases. These include heart disease at birth and some diseases of the kidney and bowels

Disorders of the bones or skeleton

Low levels of thyroid hormones or growth hormone, and

Poor growth of a baby in the womb

Sometimes no cause is found.

If you are concerned that your child is growing too slowly, you should tell a doctor. The doctor will examine your child and review your childs birth history. The doctor will also review your childs diet and any medications, and ask questions about medical problems and development delays.

Slow growth may not be a cause for worry. But in certain cases the doctor might suggest treatment with growth hormone for your child.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.