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Maybe you feel like your friends have suddenly hit a growth spurt and you’re lagging seriously behind. Maybe the rest of your family is really tall and you’re wondering if you can do anything to catch up. The truth is that a person’s height is mostly determined by things out of their control, such as genes. There are many factors that affect height during your teen years that can be controlled, such as diet and activity levels.
Follow my baby’s growth
It is widely believed that children need lots of sleep to reach their full height. Sleep apnea has been found to have a negative effect on children’s growth and development. So if you want to grow to your full potential, it’s probably a good idea to get plenty of sleep every night.
How to grow taller
The growth plates are active during childhood, but once puberty starts, hormonal changes cause these areas to harden. In the female body, they usually finish developing completely around age 16 and sometime between ages 14 and 19 for the male body. That means you can’t really make yourself taller once you’ve reached adulthood.
As a child and during puberty, it’s common to be curious about what your adult height will be and how to grow taller.
A surgical procedure called distraction osteogenesis can make people grow taller even during adulthood. This procedure was originally intended to treat dwarfism or uneven legs.
You’re too short to ride the rides you want to ride at an amusement park.
This one is upsetting. You’re all ready to board the super-fast roller coaster and the ride operator says you’re too small. Sometimes, you will be allowed to ride with an adult, so try to have one handy.
You might want to know how tall you will be. Will you be nose to nose with your mom or dad someday? There’s no way to know for sure how tall a kid will be as an adult, but it’s easy to get a clue: Look at your parents and the other adult members of your family. How tall are they? Chances are you’ll be around the same height as your parents. If one parent is tall and one short, then you’re likely to end up somewhere in between.
But those genes don’t make you an exact copy of your mom or dad. Kids only get some of the genes from each of their parents, and parents don’t give the same bunch of their genes to each kid. If you have brothers and sisters, you know this is true. Brothers and sisters can look very different even though you have the same parents. Even identical twins can end up being different heights!
How Tall Will I Be?
In general, puberty starts:
If you are still worried about your height, talk to your parents and your doctor. Most kids don’t have a growth problem that needs help from a doctor, but it’s always OK to ask if you’re concerned.
After babyhood, the next big growth spurt for kids comes during puberty, a time of many changes when boys and girls grow bigger and start to look more like adult men and women. But no one can tell you exactly when you’ll experience these changes.
And even though you may hear people say it, taking extra vitamins or supplements that you can buy in a store won’t help you get taller. Just stick to a healthy diet if you want to be the tallest you can be!