The average height of a 12-year-old
The average height of a 12-year-old boy is 60 inches. The average height for girls at the same age is approximately 59 inches. At this age, your child may be entering puberty, so there will likely be a significant increase in growth soon.
This pattern is typical for many children in North America and Europe. Average heights vary slightly depending on where you look in the world, but the averages don’t vary too much from country to country. However, some countries have seen a dramatic shift in height over the last century. Children born at the beginning of the 20th century were about 5 to 9 centimeters shorter than kids of today who are growing up under similar conditions.
How can I improve my child’s growth?
A child’s height depends on a range of factors, such as genetics, parental height and diet. Your child’s growth may be impacted by their diet. If they eat a lot of sugary snacks, this can reduce their ability to concentrate and make them tired. This can affect their school performance, which in turn may have an impact on their overall confidence and self-esteem.
Your child should eat a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. They should avoid overly processed foods with added sugars or refined carbs (such as white bread). A healthy diet will provide them with the calories necessary for growth and development.
Try to encourage your child to be physically active every day for at least 60 minutes in total each day. Physical activity is good for your child’s health and well-being – it also helps keep them physically fit and strong.
Is my child growing normally?
It may be difficult to precisely track a child’s growth, but it’s important enough that most parents make the effort. If you’re just making sure your child is growing fast enough, you may not need exact measurements—you can just check with your doctor once a year to find out whether there are any abnormal irregularities.
But if you’re more serious about tracking your child’s growth, it might help to have some sort of system in place so you can identify patterns and be prepared for big changes in their height or weight. For example, you might take measurements once every few months. Once they start going through puberty and growing rapidly, try to measure them at regular intervals (such as once every six weeks).
If possible, record these measurements on a chart that shows average height by age. You can then compare your own data with those averages and see if your child is growing normally or if they need professional medical attention.
What if my child is taller or shorter than average?
A growth spurt for one child may be faster or slower than the average. If your kid’s height seems to be making dramatic changes every year or so, don’t fret. Most kids grow at roughly the same rate, but some children are already in puberty by age 12 and others aren’t there yet — not to mention that preteens come in all shapes and sizes.
If your child is extremely short or tall compared with other kids his or her age, talk to your pediatrician about getting an X-ray of their left hand and wrist (the results are usually more accurate than a physical exam). The doctor can use it to determine whether they’re maturing at a normal rate. There could be many factors contributing to your child’s height and growth spurts, including:
- Health issues
- Lifestyle (such as smoking)
- Medication (such as steroids)
- Stress (psychological stress can cause a temporary slowdown in growth)
- Environment (pollution impairs lung function, which can affect height)
- Exercise (more active kids have been shown to have longer legs)
- Sleep (too little sleep inhibits growth hormones) Age, gender, puberty stage, ethnicity, body type, and maturation also play into how fast children grow during those years.
A child’s growth is influenced by many factors.
Many factors can influence a child’s growth. In addition to genetics, a child’s growth can be influenced by hormones, health and nutrition as well as environmental factors. Also certain diseases and physical or emotional trauma that affect the body can influence a young person’s height.
When to See a Doctor:
It’s time to see the doctor if your child has grown less than two inches in a year, has an unusually fast growth spurt, suddenly loses or gains weight, or has a lot of infections. A physical check will be performed by your child’s pediatrician to rule out malnutrition, autoimmune issues, and thyroid, heart, or lung disorders. Some children are found to be deficient in growth hormone, and growth hormone treatment can help them acquire up to three inches in height by adulthood. The majority of youngsters are found to be healthy, and a clean bill of health for your child should help to set your mind at ease.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Clinical Growth Charts
- ABC News: Your Family’s Health: Kids and Height
- The New England Journal of Medicine: Grown Hormone Treatment for Short Stature
- British Medical Journal: Final Height in Boys With Untreated Constitutional Delay in Growth and Puberty
- Abnormal Female Puberty: Constitutional Delay of Growth and Puberty
- European Journal of Pediatrics: Final Height in Girls With Untreated Consitutional Delay in Growth and Puberty
- The Journal of Pediatrics: Sex Differences in Patients Referred for Evaluation of Poor Growth
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Childhood Growth and Height Issues