A to Z: Growth Disorderenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-KH-AZ-Dictionary-enHD.jpgGrowth disorders are medical problems that stop kids from growing taller or gaining weight as they should. grow, not, weight, gain, kidney, celiac, heart, cystic fibrosis, crohns, thyroid, hormone, gland, endocrine, endocrinology, 03/24/201604/04/201909/02/20191d9817d8-1a5d-4821-a445-84c1b750b871https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-growth-disorder.html/<p><em>May also be called: Growth Failure</em></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-disorder.html/">Growth disorders</a> are medical problems that stop kids from growing taller or gaining weight as they should. &nbsp;</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Growth disorders have different causes. For some kids, hormones &nbsp;are the problem. For others, it's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/about-genetics.html/">genes</a>. Some kids may not grow well as a side-effect of medicines they must take for other health problems. Growth disorder can also be connected to illnesses like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-kidney-failure.html/">kidney failure</a>, <a class="kh_anchor">celiac disease</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/heart-health-center.html/">heart problems</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-cf.html/">cystic fibrosis</a>, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-crohns.html/">Crohn's disease</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Doctors treat a growth disorder based on what's causing it. If a child's body doesn't make enough thyroid &nbsp;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.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Slow growth isn't always a sign of a health problem. When parents are short, kids may be too. Other kids are &quot;late bloomers&quot;: They may not grow or develop as fast as their peers, but they catch up eventually.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Growth Hormone DeficiencyWhen the body doesn't make enough growth hormone to allow a child to grow at a normal pace, it's called growth hormone deficiency. Learn how doctors check for and treat this problem. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/gh-deficiency.html/b6578ca2-ea23-49f7-ba8a-fc2dc17d31bb
Growth ProblemsIn most cases, teens who are small are just physically maturing a bit more slowly than their friends. Occasionally, though, there's a medical reason why some kids and teens stop growing. Find out about growth problems and how doctors can help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/growth-hormone.html/439c5515-a0d3-425e-9e5d-4cc0fb91d8b4
What Is a Growth Disorder?The other kids in the class have been getting taller and developing into young adults, but your child's growth seems to be lagging behind. Could a growth disorder be the cause?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-disorder.html/0dfb1120-286a-43bc-92f1-67aff0a94799
Word! Growth HormoneGrowth hormone is a major player in normal growth, like when your legs get longer and suddenly all your pants are too short!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-growth-hormone.html/efe4a32e-e51d-4394-95d0-7a308625f439
Your Child's GrowthFrom the moment parents greet their newborn, they watch the baby's progress eagerly. But how can they tell if their child is growing properly?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-growth.html/d60bcd07-9dd4-4e2e-ac04-dbf4ca8804a7