Hello. My son is a healthy 9 (almost 10)year old boy and I noticed over the past couple years he is going down on his growth curve. His doctor said they don't worry about that unless it goes down a few percent. Here are his growth percentiles from his charts for the past 5 years:
4 years old - 94th percentile (43 inches)
5- 95th (46 inches)
6 - 96th (49.5")- I think there was a measure error here.
7-89th (50 3/4)
8-88th (53 1/4)
9- 87th (55 1/2)
9 3/4 - 86th (57)
I noticed each year he is growing almost 1/4" less than the previous. He is tracking to only grow 2" this year. Should I point this out to my doctor again - do you think I should be concerned? Thank you.+
These are tiny percentile differences and are not at all significant. I would agree with your doctor. 95 percentile is pretty much the same as 86 percentile. He still is real tall and as long as he is healthy, I wouldn't worry. All this could be due to measurement differences and is not statistically significant.
Good luck, Dr. Olson