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Where does your 7 year old child's measurements fall on a growth chart?

  • way below 50th percentile for both measurements

    Votes: 6 22.2%
  • below 50th percentile for one measurement but not the other

    Votes: 3 11.1%
  • at 50th percentile for both measurements

    Votes: 1 3.7%
  • above 50th percentile for one measurement but not the other

    Votes: 7 25.9%
  • above 50th percentile for both measurements

    Votes: 12 44.4%
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My dd is below the 25th percentile for weight and above the 50th percentile for height.
She has grown 3 inches and gained 5 pounds since last August. That is a normal rate of growth for kids 6-12 years isn't it?

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I did all 3 of the girls

5yo - 10% for height & weight
6yo - 3-5% for height, 10% for weight
8yo - 10-25% for height, 25% for weight.

the numbers are all higher than what they give at the clinic. Looking at their peers, the 5yo & 8yo are definitly on the bottom of the range.

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My son is 6 years old.

On the charts in your link he is at 40% for both height and weight. But I think your American charts are a little different from our Norwegian charts. Because here in Norway he is only in the 10-20%.

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My 7 year old is topping the charts - literally 100th percentile for both. 52 inches and somewhere between 70 and 75 pounds (70 pounds a couple months ago, but we have no scale).

The interesting thing is that this is new. Up until this year (6 or so) he was always in the 50th (sometimes 75th) percentile for height.

When he was a (very much, often and long) breastfed toddler he was WAY hight in the weight (95th percentile or so) but still only 50th in height.

Between 3 and 6 he was still 50th for height, but had "slimmed down" to 75th for weight.

Actually at his one year checkup he was going thru a pudgier stage and his ped said he was borderline obese. That was RIGHT before he shot up in height. I wasn't too worried as he exercises a LOT (biking, playing hard, two nights of martial arts), but I was relieved when he suddenly got as tall as my armpits!

I expect him to be big and sturdy. My family is all tall - my brother is 6' 6" and HIS son is 6' 8" and weighs about 220.

So - as the mother of a child who has been "heavier than his height" percentile for years, despite never having had a soda, eating tons of fruit and veggies, little junk food, no TV/limited screen time, and exercising a lot - I sometimes wonder about the utility of those charts.

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My 7.5 yo ds is Mr. 50-50. Has been since about age 18 months. Before that, he was 50w/75h.

I checked my 4.5 yo ds too. He used to be near the absolute bottom of the chart. He's now about 25 for height and 10 for weight.

FWIW, since I think it's impt, dh is just under average for an American man's height; I am just over a woman's. We're both on the slim/fit side.

Little guy fits dh's side of the family big time--he even looks like sil, and she was always at the bottoms of charts too, and still shops in the petites
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