Would you like to know if your baby will grow up to be taller than you some day? There are a few ways you can try to predict your child's adult height. Now, the result you get from the methods listed below is “best guess” -- give or take a few inches -- so take it with a grain of salt. We have to say it is a fun activity for the family.
Method #1 Here’s a popular way of predicting a child’s adult height, according to pediatrician Dr. Jay L. Hoecker in a column for Mayo Clinic. It requires a little math.
In centimeters (cm), add mom and dad's height together
Add 13 cm if your child is a boy or subtract 13 cm if your child is a girl
Divide by two
Let’s say dad is 170 cm (5’6”) and mom is 164 cm (5’4”). Using the formula above, if they had a little girl, her height would be 160 cm (5’2”).
Method #2 Your child’s growth spurt during his toddler years can give a pretty good picture of his future height. His height at around 2 years old may already account for half of his adult height, according to HealthyChildren.org of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
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If your child is a boy, double his height at age 2
If your child is a girl, double her height at 18 months old
According to Mayo Clinic, a child’s height is principally determined by her genetics. So if both parents are tall, chances are their child will be tall. Other determinants, which account for around 30 percent, include controllable factors like your child's nutritional diet, said BabyCenter. (Find an age-by-age food guide here.)
Though your child’s height is largely predetermined, there are still some things you can do to help ensure her bones grow strong. Most of the bone-building process happens during childhood after all, so support during this time is essential. “Having strong bones in childhood lays a foundation for bone health throughout life,” said KidsHealth. With guidance and recommendations from the AAP, here are things you can do to optimize your child’s bone health: 1. Give her milk As you probably already know, calcium is a mineral that builds healthy bones. In fact, “approximately 99 percent of total body calcium is found in the skeleton,” said a report by the AAP. Luckily, adequate intake of calcium through food is enough to meet the calcium needs of most children.
For children age 1 and above, the “major source of dietary calcium is milk and other dairy products,” said the report. The calcium content of whole milk is similar to flavored and low-fat milk. However, chocolate milk contains unnecessary added sugar. The “Pinggang Pinoy” food guide from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) recommends one glass of milk daily for children.
2. Make sure she spends enough time in the sun In young kids, vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets -- the softening and weakening of bones in children. And in older kids, it can increase the risk of bone fractures. Sunlight is the most important source of vitamin D, according to the World Health Organization. Thirty minutes of sun exposure at most will be enough.
3. Get her moving! Even if kids today are satisfied with staying indoors in front of screens, exercise through play is still important for their development! High-impact, low-frequency exercise can be both fun and beneficial for kids. The AAP recommends children engage in physical activities, like jumping, skipping, hopping, jogging and dancing, for 60 minutes each day.