What Are Growth Disorders?
Growth disorders are problems that prevent children from reaching normal height, weight, or sexual maturity. Growth differences can be due to:
- Short stature of parents, which means your child may grow to a similar height
- Delayed growth, also called constitutional delay of growth (late bloomers)
- Hormone deficiencies -- for example, low levels of growth hormone, thyroid hormone, or other pituitary hormone disorders
- Health conditions that can cause poor growth, such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or kidney disease
- Genetic disorders, such as Turner or Noonan syndromes