Your child’s growth is more than just a pencil mark on a door frame. It’s a key indicator of their overall development. That’s why it’s important to know your child’s growth rate at every age. A slowing of growth or trending below the normal range could be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as growth hormone deficiency.
Most children who experience delays in growth are healthy. But for a small number of children, certain diseases, medical conditions and even rare genetic disorders may also slow or stop a child's growth. In these instances, a child may require medication to help them grow. Below is an overview of the causes.