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Is my daughter short in height for her age?

Q: What should be the height of a 5 years & 9 months old girl child? My daughter’s height is 42 inches and I feel she is short for her age. Her weight is 17.5 kg.

A:The height of your daughter is within the acceptable range for her age. It also depends on the parents’ height. More important is the growth velocity over a period of time. If she is following her growth curve, it is fine. However, if her growth is falling on the growth chart and the parents are tall, we need to evaluate her and for that you will need to see a paediatric endocrinologist.


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