Intro: Learn how to predict your child’s future height. If you have young children, you probably wonder how tall they will be as young adults. Perhaps your child enjoys playing basketball, football, and volleyball. Many sports in America require above average height in order for your children to participate. Although there is nothing right or wrong about being vertically challenged, being tall increases the likelihood that your son will play sports, your daughter will be a supermodel, and your children will be financially successful. Therefore, it is only natural that you wonder about the final height of your children. This article reveals two simple mathematical techniques for predicting the future height of your son or daughter.
Step1: Calculate each parent’s height in inches. For example, if the mother’s height is 66 inches (5 feet 6 inches) and the father’s height is 72 inches (6 feet 0 inches), then add up the mother’s height and the father’s height, which will equal 138 inches. Divide 138 inches by two and this will equal 69 inches. If your child is a girl, then subtract three inches from 69 inches, which will equal 66 inches or 5 feet 6 inches for your daughter. However, if your child is a boy, then add three inches to 69 inches, which will equal 72 inches or 6 feet for your son.
Step 2: Know when to calculate your child’s height. When your child reaches the age of two years, calculate your child’s height by two. For example, if your son is 36 inches tall, then he will probably be 72 inches as an adult. However, if your daughter is 36 inches tall, you should double her height before subtracting six inches, which will make her 66 inches as an adult.
Step 3: Realize that your daughters will probably be shorter than your sons because they begin sexual maturity at an early age. When your daughter reaches the age of 13, then she is close to her adult height because most young women stop growing at age 16. However, your sons will probably be taller than your daughters because they begin puberty at a later age, which is about two to three years after girls have already started their puberty. When your son is about 16, then he is close to his adult height because young men stop growing around the age of 20.
Step 4: Keep in mind that both of these methods are merely educated guesses based on years of professional observations because your child’s height has already been predetermined by the information written on their genetic alphabet. The fact of the matter is, although these calculations fall within a likely range for your child’s adult height, your child could grow up to be 3 to 6 inches taller or 3 to 6 inches shorter than the estimated height range. Physicians can get a more accurate measure of your child’s future height by x-ray analysis of your child’s epiphyseal growth plates at the end of your child’s long bone. This gives them a good idea of how tall a child will become before, during, and after puberty.
Tips: Diet, overall health, and environmental factors contribute heavily to height. Make sure your child is provided with plenty of nutritious foods, minerals, and vitamins such as C, D, K, CoQ10, and E while they are still growing.
Warning: Do not give your child steroids or supplements that are chemically related to steroids such as DHEA and other pro-hormone supplements because they will stop your child’s growth prematurely.
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