No growth spurt yet?

(49 Posts)
Mandy2003 Sat 04-Feb-12 22:09:37

I wanted to canvass experiences really. DS is 13 next month and has only grown about 1.5 inches since he was 10. Weighs 7st. He's showing some signs of puberty (needing deodorant, a few hairs here & there, certain "parts" enlarging and needing care and erm attention daily, a bit moody).

But no growth spurt, not even his feet which are still only size 4. He's just a little over 5 foot (155 cm). His dad and grandads are well over six foot, paternal grandmother pretty tall, me and my mother and grandmothers all about 5'4").

So at what age please did all your teenage boys do the massive growth thing?

ArcticRain Sat 04-Feb-12 22:13:49

13 is young for boys . My stepsons didn't get beyond 5 foot until age 16 , then they grew so quickly, and at 17.5 my oldest stepson is nearly the hight of his 6.2 father .

emilyofnewmoon Sat 04-Feb-12 22:15:08

Ds2 did the growth spurt at about 13 but ds1 not until 16. He was not happy his younger brother was taller than him! Now they are 15 + 17 and are both 6 foot although I suspect ds2 may yet overtake him again.

NickNacks Sat 04-Feb-12 22:15:36

My brother grew from 5'9" to 6'1" at 21.

ILoveOnionRings Sat 04-Feb-12 22:18:04

My son has grown a minimum of 6/7 inches since he was 13 now 16 .

Working in a secondary school I have noticed that boys start their growth spurts around Year 9. Leave in July (Y8) and really noticed the difference in their heights when they returned in Sept for Year 9

ILoveOnionRings Sat 04-Feb-12 22:20:33

Don't worry it will come and then you will be buying new school trousers every term as they will be flapping around their ankles and not just because the waist is hanging somewhere below their bottoms hmm

wohmum Sat 04-Feb-12 22:27:26

I'm going to watch this cos my ds is the same, he'll be 13 in April and is only 145 cm. Loads of his mates tower above him and even little brother(9) is nearly as tall as him sad

Reassuring to read that it will happen , but hoping it is soon for his sake , I'm sure he's getting very self conscious about it. No sign of puberty yet tho' either as far as I can tell

ILoveOnionRings Sat 04-Feb-12 22:31:46

Wohmum - my DS was always one of the smallest in height in his class and I worried too as on my side of the family we are all not very tall. Now he is in Y11 he is about 5ft 8 and hasn't stopped growing yet judging by his trousers but he is still as skinny as a rake.

Milliways Sat 04-Feb-12 22:35:20

My DS felt left out when all his friends shot up in Yr 9. He has just caught them up, and overtaken lots, in Yr12! He turned 16 last August and it all started then.

clam Sat 04-Feb-12 22:45:38

Good to read some of these. DS is 15 (year 11) and still only 155cm. Think things are shifting a bit finally, as have had to buy new trousers recently, but it's been a long time coming. Men in my family are all over 6' but DH's family are all on the short side. So much for boys taking after their mothers (I'm 5'8")

Eve Sat 04-Feb-12 23:01:33

Oh, mine too, year 8 and 12.

Plays rugby in the school teams well and I worry for him as the others are so big.

workshy Sat 04-Feb-12 23:05:59

my twin brother was one of the smallest in high school right up to year 11

it didn'r help that I was the tallest in the year, if not the school (I reached 6ft at 13)

he's now 6ft 4 but didn't stop growing till 21, and then didn't broaden out until about 25

Maryz Sat 04-Feb-12 23:34:30

They say that the later they start growing, the taller they grow.

My older brother was the smallest in his class at 13, started to grow properly at 15 and was 6'2 by 20.

My younger brother grew earlier and was 5'10 at 13, but only reached 6'.

ds2 who is almost 14 has grown 7 inches in the last 9 months shock and has gone from 5'2 to 5'9, but has plenty more to come, I think.

DS1 was only 10 but DS2 is 13 and just "spurting". My observations of their friends is that Year 9 is the average with a few earlier and a few later.

noddyholder Sun 05-Feb-12 12:04:50

My ds was the smallest for years and years.He has only really shot up since about 16. The summer after GCSE he grew a bit but now at 17 he is growing about an inch a month! He is taller than dp which isn't hard as he is not tall but also taller than both my brothers I never thought he would grow and was worried at one point.

I teach secondary and have often noticed the massive difference in the heights of Year 8 boys particularly. Some still look like new Year 7s, some look like Year 11s. They all grow!

Mine didnt start until 15. Then he grew and grew! Just shy of 6ft 4" this week.

Theas18 Mon 06-Feb-12 22:24:19

DS grew very early- at the start of year 7 he was exactly the same height as his year 10 sister and shot up in year 7-8 mostly.

He has 2 friends who are brothers- the older one is 2yrs older than DS- he shot up at about the same time as DS and now he's yr 13 and DS is yr11, DS has about an inch on him. However the brother- a year older than DS was still singing treble 2+yrs ago- sweet and small at 14. Bit miffing for him when not only was his bro shooting up but his mate DS was too! THis kid has now grown and may out pace DS and his bro but I'm not sure- he seems to have stopped at about 5 11....

Sligomum Mon 06-Feb-12 23:07:43

I am so glad this thread is about, my DS2 is 16 and about 5ft 2, just a little taller than myself. It gets him down that he's smaller than the rest of his friends and DS1. He's asked me to refer him to doctor... so I'm hopeful that he will have a growth spurt anytime soon.

wohmum Mon 06-Feb-12 23:30:01

Thanks for all your experiences, will try not to worry til end of yr 9!

He was out in the snow this weekend with his mates who have nearly all shot up this year - he looks so tiny in comparison, bet it's only a msttervoof time the girks start calling him 'cute' grin

wohmum Mon 06-Feb-12 23:30:30


HattiFattner Tue 07-Feb-12 09:37:30

I too am glad to see this. DS is just 12, and many of his mates are really growing, especially their feet. Ds is still hanging in there with size 4s, while they are mooching about on size 9 feet. As long as they arent all like puppies!

It does seem that those lads with short fathers (ie 5'8 and below) have started to grow much more rapidly than my DS whose dad is 6ft.

If we go by growth charts, DS will eventually be 6'2" .

DS thinks it is monumentally unfair because he swims, and those with flippers big feet seem to be doing much better than him at the moment.

Mandy2003 Tue 07-Feb-12 10:16:07

Hatti - how tall are you? My DS's dad is 6 foot 3 and I am 5 foot 3, is that about the same as in your family?

HattiFattner Tue 07-Feb-12 10:32:43

Im 5'6" and the shortest in my family. DH is 6ft and the shortest in his! Grandparent on dh side is 6'5".

Ds1 is 15. He is taller than me but shorter than most of his friends. I'm not too worried yet though as his feet did have a growth spurt and he is a size10. I fully expect him to grow into them any day soon. smile

pharaohmum Tue 07-Feb-12 11:32:50

I worry about my DS. I am only 5ft and DS(14) is very small for his age (compared to his friends who all seem to be giants) I hated being small and still do and I just feel for my son. I do hope that he grows to at lease average height sad

master Wed 14-Nov-12 06:27:23

i dont know but my son has not grown taller since he was 13 and a half (5'8) and now he is 15 and a half and has not seen any changes.. will he grow sooner?? .. but he has not had a growth spurt as well, but has hit puberty. i my self is not tall i am 5'1.5 and my husband is 5'5 .. so pls let me know if my son will have a massive growth spurt..

My DS started the growth spurt just before he hit 14 and he has grown 6 inches in one year, hair growing, hormones raging etc
Has had a lot of knee problems as his muscles/tendons haven't been able to cope with his rapid height growth. Oh and shoe size has gone from 5-8 in year too- its expensive!!

vicster44 Wed 14-Nov-12 22:56:44

I'm glad to read this too. My DS is 13 and is short for his age and his feet haven't grown for such a long time and not much sign of puberty either. I keep expecting a growth spurt but DH is only 5 9 - although grandfathers are nearer 6ft. And like workshy he has a sibling who is growing at a rate of knots. Not much help for OP but I think it means we need to just need to sit back and wait for them to grow. DH says he was the same in school and then one day to quote him "he just grew"

DS (16) didn't start his growth spurt until he was nearly 15. I worried a lot about the fact he seemed so physically immature compared to some of his friends, but he has shot up from 5'4" to 6'2" over the last 18 months! shock He has only had to shave for the last 4 months (a wee bit of moustache once a week) but he has terrifically hairy legs and pits.

His feet grew from size 7 to size 11 over this period, and he has bad stretch marks around his back and hips from growing so fast. I now have awful trouble finding trousers to fit him (35/36" inside leg and 32" waist).

Theas18 Thu 15-Nov-12 20:28:36

Ds grew early. He's now 16. Went to his GCSE presentation evening yesterday and actually it looked like some if them still had some growing to do! Not just short but baby faced too.

Some however looked very mature indeed. Ds said of one particular Sikh friend, with very full beard, turban and tweed jacket with elbow patches, that he fully thought someone would ask if his son was starting the school soon - he was walking round with his 8yr old little brother lol

Theas18 Thu 15-Nov-12 20:31:02

Lapsed pacifist it's stupidly difficult to find 32inch waist ith long leg trousers isn't it, I was so happy when ds filled out to a 34.

Thea, I've just ordered some old men's Blue Harbour range winter-weight navy cord trousers from M&S for him hmm hmm.

He has Aspergers, has no interest whatsoever in normal teen culture fashion or his appearance, and is totally happy for old Mum to buy his clobber for him, in spite of me BEGGING him to go to Hollister or Superdry. He tells me he has no desire to succumb to teenage herd conformity and to line the coffers of child-labour-exploiting multinationals! M&S would appear to be the exception to the rule of course. grin

zamantha Fri 16-Nov-12 21:37:00

I find this thread reassuring. My Ds has had steady slow growth. he is 5ft 6in at 16 but I'm pretty sure still growing. he seems behind peers in facial hair etc - just a bit later developing. I'm hoping he'll grow a few more inches.

bigbuttons Fri 16-Nov-12 21:42:16

My 13 and 14 year olds are growing but no growth spurt. It's funny to see my 14 year old, year 10, with his mates. Most of them are huge with broken voices, ds is diddy, with a high voice. His dad is 5'8", but half bangladeshi, with quite petite men on that side of the family. He says he didn't really hit puberty till after 15/16 so I'm guessing the boys will take after their dad?

bubby64 Sat 17-Nov-12 11:54:36

Oh. so glad I found this thread! My two (twins) are 12 in a couple of weeks, and are only 140cm! Most of their friends already tower over them, and they got really upset at a theme park in the summer when they were refused entry to some rides their 9 Nd 10 yr old cousins could go on. They are convinced they will never grow!

My two boys grew very differently.
DS1 was always on the small size..less than 25th centile and I worried he would be like his Grandad.. 5 ft 1!! He grew really slowly but at 19 is now 5 ft 9, not tall but not 'short bloke' category and I think he is still growing slowly. His voice broke at about 14

DS2 on the other hand 98th centile all the way.. puberty at 10, voice broke at 11 and ridiculously hairy. Reached 6 ft at 14 then just stopped. I was told the faster he grew the sooner he would finish and it seems they were right. Not such a bonus for him as he is 15 but mentally (learning diffs) about 8 :/
And his size 12 feet are a pain as he can't do shoe laces and finding velcro that big is a challenge grin

MrsTwankey Sat 17-Nov-12 17:38:42

I'm 5'2 DH is about 5'9 neither of us tall.
DS1 was always the tallest in the class (he was nearly 2 months prem and I always thought he'd be small and thin). He's now 20 and 6'4 (slim build).
DS2 was always average height at primary but when he went to high school his friends just grew and grew - he didn't. About 6 months ago (he's now a couple of months off 16) I was really worried that he hadn't reached puberty and was considering taking him to the doctors.
Now his voice is now breaking and he's growing hair in all the right places. He must be about 5'4. I don't think he'll ever be tall but he is growing.
DD is about 5'5 at 18.
Think they all grow at different rates.

Abra1d Mon 19-Nov-12 07:58:19

Does anyone have reassurance about girls? I have a 14-year-old girl who is almost completely undeveloped and small. Do girls sometimes hit their spurts late, too?

Abra1d Mon 19-Nov-12 09:07:06

Did I kill the thread!

bubby64 Mon 19-Nov-12 18:33:43

Abra1d - sorry, I do not know anything about girls growth, except that they tend to grow before boys a lot of the time

Abra1d Tue 20-Nov-12 08:38:18

Thank you.

summer111 Tue 20-Nov-12 23:12:59

Abra1d, if it's any consolation, I was one of the smallest in my class 'til I reached 16, then hit puberty and grew to be one of the tallest at 5'9 smile

Abra1d Wed 21-Nov-12 08:06:52

Thank you! That is very heartening to hear.

3b1g Wed 21-Nov-12 08:14:17

My DS1 (12y9m) always does his main growing in September. So I buy the uniform for the new school year and he has always grown out of it by October. He doesn't seem to grow much at any other time, only when I've just bought new uniform. So I would suggest buying new uniform, then your DS is almost guaranteed to grow.

leavesarefalling Sun 25-Nov-12 19:50:32

Is there a correlation between puberty/growth spurts and teeth?
My DSs orthodontist said that my DS, whose is 13 and has no signs of puberty or growth spurt yet, will start puberty once more of his adult teeth come through.
Sorry, he did tell me which ones but I can't remember.
My DS has always been smaller than average and got his teeth quite late compared to my friends' kids.

Hopefully he'll age slower, there has to be an upside smile because he is anxious about his height and lack of body-hair/voice change etc.

wechmy Tue 18-Mar-14 20:46:31

my brother is 16, 17 in 4 months. He's around 5 foot 7, but is growing really slowly. my dad is around 5 foot 10/11, and my mother is 5 foot 3. my older sister is the expected height for girls (used this height calculator i found online), but i'm about 3 inches taller than that. will my brother ever have his growth spurt? i really want him to be taller than me, and my dad; around 6 foot... my dad is one of the tallest in his extended family, but his parents are short, and i'm the tallest out of all my cousins, aunts, and some uncles.

wol1968 Thu 20-Mar-14 11:57:54

wechmy your brother may not have a 'growth spurt' as such, but creep gradually towards your dad's height over the next couple of years. Growth spurts aren't universal and girls in particular don't always have noticeable ones.

My DD's red book used to have a growth chart that went all the way up to age 20 and the lines on there were quite interesting - admittedly they are all statistically averaged out, but you can see that girls don't 'shoot up' as much as boys and that shorter-than-average children often grow very gradually, especially if their parents aren't exactly basketball-team material.

dementedma Sat 22-Mar-14 17:53:05

Ds is 12 and about 5 foot 6, size 6 shoes. However he is really baby faced compared to his peers who all look like proper teenagers. He still looks like a boy, no body hair, squeaky voice.
Guess they all get there in their own time!

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