Worried about your child’s growth?
Children grow at different rates - while some are tall, others are shorter. Every parent wants to make sure their child is growing well. Sometimes you might be worried that your child is shorter than their friends and then suddenly they have a growth spurt and catch up. Sometimes these worries can go on for longer.
You may be concerned if your child seems small for their age and doesn't seem to ever catch up, or if they are being teased about their height at school and other people have remarked on their development.
In this section...
Learn how babies and children’s bones grow and develop, what factors affect growth and the role of growth hormones at different stages in child development.
Growth and puberty
Learn about your child’s development during puberty and adolescence, including the role of growth hormones in child development stages and growth spurts.
Measure and record your child or baby’s development using a growth chart. Learn how to measure your child’s height correctly.
Seeing your Doctor
Find out when to see your doctor about issues around baby development, height or child development.