Users' questions

What happens if a child falls on an outstretched arm?

What happens if a child falls on an outstretched arm?

If a child takes a tumble and falls onto an outstretched arm, there is a chance it may result in a forearm fracture. A child’s bones heal more quickly than an adult’s, so it is important to treat a fracture promptly—before healing begins—to avoid future problems.

What causes Growing Pains in your child’s arms or legs?

If you and your child are losing sleep over growing pains, you may wonder why they happen and how to help your child. Legs and knees are most often the areas that ache, though growing pains can affect arms too. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission.

What causes a child to not grow at a normal rate?

A growth delay occurs when a child isn’t growing at the normal rate for their age. The delay may be caused by an underlying health condition, such as growth hormone deficiency or hypothyroidism.

What is the asymmetry between the right and left side of the body?

Hemihypertrophy, also called hemihyperplasia, is a greater-than-normal asymmetry between the right and left sides of the body. This difference can be in just one finger; just one limb; just the face; or an entire half of the body, including half the brain, half the tongue and the internal organs, or any variation in between.

Can a pediatrician see your child’s growth curve?

It is very reasonable to look at your child’s growth curve together with your pediatrician. A few pediatricians feel that, based on experience, they can see which children are growing less than normal without the growth curve. While severe growth failure may be apparent, they are likely missing more subtle deficits.

How does delayed growth affect the height of a child?

Delayed treatment adversely affects height outcome because growth cannot be further improved once the growth plates fuse at the end of puberty. Sometimes doctors will try to medically delay puberty to allow more time for growth, but there are psychosocial and bone health costs to delaying puberty for years beyond normal.

Is there a height cut off for idiopathic short stature?

Idiopathic short stature refers to short stature without an identifiable cause. The FDA approved growth hormone therapy for children with idiopathic short stature; the height cut-off is the bottom 1 percentile for age. Should we expect a child to reach a final height between the heights of both parents?

Are there medical issues associated with children with short stature?

Likewise, a child may have growth failure without short stature (e.g., height percentile for age falling from 90th percentile to 50th percentile). Are there any medical issues associated with children who are very short but otherwise healthy? Short stature is not a disease.