Pediatric dwarfism clinic

NOTICEPart of my book, "Growing Your Height."
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Part of my book, "Growing Your Height."


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He's short

Where do you grow?

The cartilage in the growth plate near the joint grows into a bone

Growth plate cartilage is affected by growth hormones as it grows tall. It usually grows the tallest in the cartilage of the growth plate of the knee joint. (Fig 1)

The period when you grow the most is between the ages of 0-2 and 10-15 years old. The time of day when growth hormones are secreted the most is between 1 and 4 hours after falling asleep in the evening. Therefore, if you sleep irregularly, growth hormones are not secreted well, so you don't grow well.

How can I estimate my child's height?

It can be predicted by the height of the parent.

For boys: [(father's height + mother's height) x 0.5] + 6.5 cm

For girls: [(father's height + mother's height) x 0.5 cm] - 6.5 cm

Why is he short?

Usually, based on the height of your age, you can say that you are short when you are 3-5 out of 100 people and when you are less than 150cm tall after you grow up. As a family member, one of the parents may be short because it is inherited if one of the parents is short, and if growth hormones or other hormones are not secreted, or if there is a disease in the bone or growth plate cartilage by birth, it may be short.

What food should I eat to help me grow taller?

1. Protein is very important for the growth of bones and muscles, and food containing food is made of beans such as beef, pork, chicken, fish, and tofu, and fried chicken can backfire due to excessive fat absorption if fried.

2. Foods that contain calcium and minerals are milk, cheese, anchovies, seaweed, etc

3. Foods containing vitamins include spinach, carrots, and other nightlife, mushrooms, and fruits.

4. The most important thing is to eat regular meals and food evenly, avoid picky eating, do not eat processed or instant foods often, and avoid sweet foods, soda, fried foods, and caffeine-containing foods as much as possible

What kind of exercise makes you taller?

Swimming and dancing, bare-handed gymnastics and volleyball, tennis, not too radical, short-distance running, table tennis, and bad meatballs help you grow tall. However, gymnastics, wrestling, wrestling, judo, marathon, rugby, etc. are not helpful. Standing weightlifting is dangerous because it compresses the growth plate cartilage, and basketball can also jump too high and interfere with the growth plate's growth because five to six times its weight is transferred to the growth plate cartilage when it touches the ground. The best exercise is stretch gymnastics, which helps you grow tall as it stretches your body and relaxes your joints and muscles. (Fig 2)

Do I grow tall if I get a growth hormone injection?

Growth hormone injections are only effective in patients with growth hormone deficiency and short stature due to chronic renal failure, Turner syndrome (a disease with sex chromosome abnormalities in women) and are covered by medical insurance. If it is not for the above three diseases, insurance coverage is not available, and it costs about 7-10 million won a year. It usually takes two to three years. The right time should be before the growth plate closes, and it is usually appropriate around the age of 8-10 years. Some people have the effect of growth hormone and some people don't. When receiving growth hormones, they grow a lot, but when they don't, the normal growth rate decreases and becomes their original height, and in some cases, the normal growth rate is maintained so that they grow taller than their original height. However, doctors are not recommending it because there are no accurate medical statistics.

Is there a surgery to grow tall?

Dr. Illizarov of the former Soviet Union devised a surgical method to cut a bone, insert a pin or steel wire through the bone from the outside of the skin, and then connect a round ring to increase the rod by 1mm a day to grow taller. Insurance coverage is only available for dwarfism by nature, and it costs about 20 million won if there is no disease. In the case of normal people, it can be increased to less than 10% of the length of their own bones, but it is not recommended because complications can lead to poor walking and arthritis.

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