My daughter had a HUGE growth spurt this summer, and shot up to 4 foot almost 6 inches!!! She is 9 years old. She used to be about the middle of the group, and now she is one of the tallest!!! Is that normal for 9 year olds?
She has been in the 90-95 percentile for her height/age since she was about 10 months old. What does this mean for practical reasons? For us, it means that she is ALWAYS in a growth spurt! I mean, in order to stay that far ahead of everyone else your age, you'd have to be!
Around here, we just have degrees of growth spurts:
a) Always growing
b) Growing pretty fast at the moment
c) Super-sonic-hyperspace-overdrive growing :hot: (which would be her most recent, the little brat has passed me up in height this past month, at age 12!)
That is one thing I like since our move to FL, my girls rarely wear pants anymore! It's much easier in shorts & capris. They can fudge an inch or two either way, and it's not a major fashion faux-pas!
I got a good laugh at this. Sounds just like my dd #2. If it helps any, DD#1 was always at least 95% for height. She was the tallest kid in her grade, including boys and girls, during elementary school. Once she hit 6th grade she slowed down and now has not grown any in about 2 years. Everyone kept telling me she was going to be huge, and she only ended up 5'6" and shorter than me. DD#2 is almost 5'1", so we'll see where she ends up. I'm thinking she is going to be the tallest of all my 3. It is frustrating at times though. We are constantly buying new pants because they are too short!
This also makes it a challenge for us, b/c she has scoliosis. Which means we have to buy her a new back brace evey 6-12 months, b/c she outgrows them. Insurance does not always cover it, so twice in the past 3 years, we were out $3,000 each time, for a non-covered brace!
Wow, it's nice to hear from someone else w/ the same condition! I am sorry you had surgery. And in 7th grade? Ick! That must have been tough (wearing a brace to school, etc.)!I feel for your DD, I have scoliosis. I had surgery in 7th grade and wore a brace for a few years. As an adult I still have problems. I hope your daughter can have an easier time of it!
Sorry you have difficulties as a result! I have met a fair number of adults who have grown up w/ uncorrected scoliosis. They seem to have similar issues to yours. That's a shame!my son was just diagnosed ( he will be twelve in a couple of weeks) mild - has to go back to Dr in February for a follow-up.
I also have it. pretty mild but I do have some problems. One leg a smidge shorter than the other so my hips are not even. I am supposed to wear a lift in my shoe. Can't recall the last time I actually did ( middle or high school ). I do have problems with my back sometimes and quite a lot of hip issues. Maybe I should have worn the lift
I have two comments to add to this interesting thread:
- Several people have posted that they or their kids have scoliosis. I'm intrigued, since several studies have suggested that the prevalence of scoliosis is surprisingly high in rhythmic and artistic gymnastics and in ballet, and at least one study [Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2006 Aug;16(4):231-6] links this to joint laxity, suggesting that the emphasis on flexibility in these sports may attract or sustain susceptible kids--so perhaps gym parents and coaches should be made more aware of this issue.
- Physicians who study growth-related injuries in gymnastics recommend monitoring growth and reducing training stress or at least moderating the increase in training hours and intensity during growth spurts. (These physicians are recommending a training regimen that is quite different than what seems to be common practice in gymnastics, where training hours (and thus impacts) typically increase with age as the athletes move through the levels into more rigorous training as Optionals.) FWIW, at least three of the small group of 11 to 14 year-old Optional gymnasts on my daughter's small team have had frank growth plate injuries this year, and several others are now experimenting with wrist braces as they (like about half of gymnasts) experience the sort of wrist pain that is often associated with adolescent growth plate issues. All our kids will enjoy (or at least endure) growth spurts; parents and coaches should be aware of the increased potential for injury during periods of rapid growth.