When experiencing a growth problem, your child may fall either below or above an average range of growth for their age, sex, family history, or genetic background.
Most growth problems are noticed when the child appears smaller than his or her classmates, or when growth slows over several months. One main sign of a growth problem is when a child grows less than 3.5 cm (about 1.4 inches) a year after his or her 3rd birthday. In other cases, a baby may be abnormally small for his or her gestational age at birth.
Most disorders that can cause growth problems are idiopathic, meaning their cause is unknown. However, growth problems may be a symptom of another health condition. At Amwaj Polyclinic, we recommend your child sees a specialist for the right diagnosis.