Growth Spurts

Growth spurts are short time intervals during which a child experiences rapid growth in height and weight. Growth spurts can be full potential in well-nourished children, good sleep cycle, and physical activities. The first growth spurt occurs between seven to ten days after birth, the second-growth spurt between three to six weeks, and the third growth spurt between eight to 13 years for girls and 10 to 14 years for boys.

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I am 5 feet tall and 16 years old. How to increase my height?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to talk to you about my height. I am a teenager who is almost 16 years old and 5 feet tall. I cannot get over my insecurity as I have a cousin who is two years younger than me, but my height is always pointed out in the family. When I was 14 years old, I stopped growing due to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for writing and I understand your concern. You do not have to worry because the changes you are seeing in your body are physiological, and it is normal. Height growth is seen up to 20 years of life. At the age of 12 to 16, it slows down, and then it starts...  Read Full »

At what age does the growth cease?

Query: Hi doctor, I am not able to grow for the last three years. I am 18 years old now. I have never taken any medication before. But I masturbate a week thrice, and I have a lot of pimples on my face. I was very fair when I was ten years old, but later I started getting dark. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha Auradkar Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. During childhood and puberty, there is the highest rate of growth seen in teenagers. As the age increases, height does not increase as fast as it used to during puberty. It increases but at a slow rate. You can try exercising daily, which ...  Read Full »

Do I have a chance to grow further for at least 5 feet 10 inches?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 17-year-old boy and I am 5 feet 5 inches. I do not think that I have a growth spurt. After puberty, I started to have pubic hair and it got extended into my thighs. I have a mustache and some hairs on my chin and cheeks. My mother is 4 feet 11 inches and my father is 5 feet 11 inc...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You can still grow up to the age of 20 years. The parameters mentioned by you are quite normal and there are still chances to grow more. I suggest you take a healthy diet and follow a proper routine of playing sports. Sports like badminton, vo...  Read Full »

When does a boy hit his growth spurt?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 and 5'2" I think and I am a guy. When will I hit my growth spurt? My mom is 5' and my dad is 5'10". Grandmother 5'2" and grandfather 5'10".  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Well, I think you are worried about your height. So your growth spurt or as we call puberty should have started already and your height will keep on increasing till 21 but depends on your genes too. As you said your father has a height of 5'10" you might reach a height ...  Read Full »

What can be done for stretch marks on belly and legs?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 20-year-old male. I have skin problem. I have stretch marks on my belly area and on legs.   Read Full »

Dr. Rabia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to These are striae (stretch marks). There are many reasons for stretch marks to appear on the body. The most common of which is a growth spurt in teenage years and obesity, weight gain. Other can be disease conditions but they are less likely in the absence of other sy...  Read Full »

Is clicking sound in knee a symptom of any big disease in an 18-year-old?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a boy, 18 years old. My right knee has clicking sound without any pain. Please help me out of this. Is this symptom of any big disease? Tell me some things to cure this.  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have what sounds like Chondromalacia patella which in itself is not a major problem and commonly seen in young adults who are still growing. You will need to do a regular exercise of the knee and stretches of the hamstrings and most problems resolve once you stop...  Read Full »

Why has not my height increased in the last five years?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old male. I have a question concerning my height. I grew from 5 feet and 2 inches to 5 feet and 9 inches between 11 to 13 years. I did not have any noticeable growth since then. Usually, you would consider me as an early bloomer, but I had not shown signs of puberty unt...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I just read your query. From what you have mentioned, it does not appear that you have a delay in your height growth velocity. According to your parent's height, your predicted height turns out to be 5 feet and 11 inches, and your current height is 5 feet and 10 inches wh...  Read Full »

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