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    Normal Growth

    What is considered a normal growth rate?

    Growth involves not only the length and weight of a body, but also includes internal growth and development.

    Normal growth is categorized in a range used by pediatricians to gauge how a child is growing. The following are some average ranges of weight and height, based on growth charts developed by the CDC:

    Age

    Height - Females

    (in inches)

    Height - Males

    (in inches)

    Weight - Females

    (in pounds)

    Weight - Males

    (in pounds

    1

    27 to 31

    28 to 32

    15 to 20

    17 to 21

    2

    31.5 to 36

    32 to 37

    22 to 32

    24 to 34

    3

    34.5 to 40

    35.5 to 40.5

    26 to 38

    26 to 38

    4

    37 to 42.5

    37.5 to 43

    28 to 44

    30 to 44

    6

    42 to 49

    42 to 49

    36 to 60

    36 to 60

    8

    47 to 54

    47 to 54

    44 to 80

    46 to 78

    10

    50 to 59

    50.5 to 59

    54 to 106

    54 to 102

    12

    55 to 64

    54 to 63.5

    68 to 136

    66 to 130

    14

    59 to 67.5

    59 to 69.5

    84 to 160

    84 to 160

    16

    60 to 68

    63 to 73

    94 to 172

    104 to 186

    18

    60 to 68.5

    65 to 74

    100 to 178

    116 to 202

     

    Although a child may be growing, his or her growth pattern may deviate from the norm. Ultimately, the child should grow to normal height by adulthood. If you suspect your child or adolescent is not growing properly, always talk with your child's healthcare provider.