Pediatric Constitutional Growth Delay

Pediatric Constitutional Growth Delay

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Summary

Children with constitutional growth delay grow at a normal rate, but tend to be smaller than other children their age.

Expanded overview 

Constitutional growth delay is a temporary condition, not a medical disorder. Children with constitutional grown delay don’t show any signs or symptoms of growth disorders or diseases that would cause a growth delay.

Children (3-11 years old*) and young teens (12-14 years old**) with constitutional growth delay typically catch up with their peers in adulthood.

Symptoms

Signs that a child may have constitutional growth delay include:

  • Delayed growth spurt even when they reach puberty (between the ages of 10 and 14 for girls and between the ages of 12 and 16 for boys***)
  • Delayed sexual development
  • Reach puberty later than peers

*Age of children as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
**Age of young teens as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
***Age of puberty is middle childhood to teenage years as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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