Doctors treat a growth disorder based on what's causing it. If a child's body doesn't
hormones or growth hormone, doctors will give the child the missing
hormone in pills or injections. Sometimes a growth problem is caused by another illness.
When doctors treat that problem, the child's growth may improve.
Keep in Mind
Slow growth isn't always a sign of a health problem. When parents are short, kids
may be too. Other kids are "late bloomers": They may not grow or develop
as fast as their peers, but they catch up eventually.
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