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