Pediatrics/18 month old's height
My son is currently 18months old and 78cm tall (he weighs around 12kg). I recently checked his records and have seen that he was 75.5cm at his last check up at 13 months. This means he has only grown 2.5cm in around 6 months, and is now on the 5th percentile for height. From birth (50cm) he has always been on the 50th percentile or there and there abouts, so this is a huge drop. We are not scheduled to see the heath visitors again until he is two years old.
He is a happy boy and thriving in all other respects - walked at 10 months and is talking a lot for his age. I breastfed until he was 11 months old, but since i stopped breastfeeding he refuses to drink milk. I try and make up for this by giving him lots of dairy products such as yoghurts, cheese etc
I am 1.63m tall and my husband is 1.75, so we are average height. But my son's lack of growth is really concerning me - should I schedule an appointment with my pediatrician?
Thank you very much.
Whenever I see a weird, inconsistent height in the office in a child this age, I remeasure. This is most likely the cause of an apparent height velocity decrease in a child this age who is healthy. I wouldn't worry about it and either would have the doctor remeasure or simply have it done at the 24 month PE. I see this all the time in the office and virtually always either the current or another height was wrong.
Good luck, Dr. Olson