Children's Health and Wellness

Normal Growth

What is considered a normal growth rate?

Growth involves not only the length and weight of a body, but also includes internal growth and development.

Normal growth is categorized in a range used by pediatricians to gauge how a child is growing. The following are some average ranges of weight and height, based on growth charts developed by the CDC:

Age

Height - Females(in inches)

Height - Males(in inches)

Weight - Females(in pounds)

Weight - Males(in pounds)

1

27 to 31

28 to 32

15 to 20

17 to 21

2

31.5 to 36

32 to 37

22 to 32

24 to 34

3

34.5 to 40

35.5 to 40.5

26 to 38

26 to 38

4

37 to 42.5

37.5 to 43

28 to 44

30 to 44

6

42 to 49

42 to 49

36 to 60

36 to 60

8

47 to 54

47 to 54

44 to 80

46 to 78

10

50 to 59

50.5 to 59

54 to 106

54 to 102

12

55 to 64

54 to 63.5

68 to 136

66 to 130

14

59 to 67.5

59 to 69.5

84 to 160

84 to 160

16

60 to 68

63 to 73

94 to 172

104 to 186

18

60 to 68.5

65 to 74

100 to 178

116 to 202

Although a child may be growing, his or her growth pattern may deviate from the norm. Ultimately, the child should grow to normal height by adulthood. If you suspect your child or adolescent is not growing properly, always consult your child's doctor.

Online Source: CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/clinical_charts.htm
Online Source: Merck Manual http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/childrens_health_issues/newborns_and_infants/physical_development_of_infants.html?qt=physical%20exam&alt=sh
Online Source: Merck Manual http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/childrens_health_issues/preschool_and_school-aged_children/physical_development.html?qt=physical%20exam&alt=sh
Online Editor: Geller, Arlene
Online Medical Reviewer: Bass, Pat F. III, MD, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: Finke, Amy, RN, BSN
Date Last Reviewed: 12/29/2012
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