I have a little guy too. He's just snuck onto the growth chart... maybe 3rd percentile for height. He's okay for weight - somewhere in the 25%...
I agree with this post by MissMaegie'sMama:
Originally Posted by MissMaegie'sMama
I go with our pediatrician's claim: if the kid's growing and healthy, height and weight are nothing but numbers.
Having said that, like you, I am concerned about his height. I don't worry about it from a health perspective as he is a healthy little guy who is developing normally.
But I'm wondering if at this point we need to be prepared for him to end up significantly shorter? How do we guesstimate that? When is it a problem, if it ever is? I'm not planning on looking into anything like HGH injections - shortness isn't a big issue for me. But it's really striking me, realizing how old he is, how SMALL he is.
I get the feeling from your post that, like me, you don't have health concerns. You just want to make sure your little guys is okay. I relate because sometimes I just feel for my guy in the future in terms of being in highschool and being 5' while all the other boys are half a foot or more taller than he is (and so are the girls!)... I don't think there's much I can do about this, except help him be a self-confident guy. It's not easy being the short one! Even as the person who was often the shortest girl in the class, it sometimes gets tiring being the smallest one! (And I'm not that small! 5'3")
I would actually NOT do the online height calculators because it can be a bit depressing. I did one for DS about a year ago and it showed up that he wouldn't even hit 5' tall. Ugh! I did it again this year and it put him in the very low end of the 5' range. Very low. I'm going to guess that he's going to be taller than me. Not by much. And that he's going to be shorter than most guys. And he's going to be just as smart, just as capable, just as physically able - I just do what I can to make sure he's confident and sure of himself.
(And, for what it's worth - he seems to be attracted to really tall kids so the differences just seem magnified! If he hung out with a bunch of other peanuts I probably wouldn't even notice!)