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Normal Growth

Growth involves not only length and weight of a body, but also internal growth and development. A child's brain will grow the most during the first five years of life, reaching 90 percent of its final size. Growth also affects different parts of the body at different rates; the head almost reaches its entire size by age 1. Throughout childhood, a child's body becomes more proportional. Growth is complete between the ages of 16 and 18, at which time the growing ends of bones fuse.

Pediatricians use a range to describe normal growth for a child. The following are some average ranges of weight and height, based on growth charts developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Age Height
Females
Height
Males
Weight 
Females
Weight 
Males
127 to 31 inches28 to 32 inches15 to 20 pounds17 to 21 pounds
231.5 to 36 inches 32 to 37 inches22 to 32 pounds24 to 34 pounds
334.5 to 40 inches35.5 to 40.5 inches26 to 38 pounds26 to 38 pounds
437 to 42.5 inches37.5 to 43 inches28 to 44 pounds30 to 44 pounds
642 to 49 inches42 to 49 inches36 to 60 pounds36 to 60 pounds
847 to 54 inches47 to 54 inches44 to 80 pounds46 to 78 pounds
1050 to 59 inches50.5 to 59 inches54 to 106 pounds54 to 102 pounds
1255 to 64 inches54 to 63.5 inches68 to 136 pounds66 to 130 pounds
1459 to 67.5 inches59 to 69.5 inches84 to 160 pounds84 to 160 pounds
1660 to 68 inches63 to 73 inches94 to 172 pounds104 to 186 pounds
1860 to 68.5 inches65 to 74 inches100 to 178 pounds116 to 202 pounds

Although a child may be growing, his/her growth pattern may deviate from the normal. Ultimately, the child should grow to normal height by adulthood. If you suspect your child is not growing properly, always consult your child's physician.


Last Updated: 04/2013