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SGrowth for short ten year old girl who has started menstruating...

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ChinaInYourHands Tue 30-Aug-11 10:12:50

My niece has only just turned 10 and started her period a few days ago. She is only 4'9" so I'm wondering, will she pretty much stop growing now?? Can anything at all be done so that she has a chance to keep growing a little bit? Both her parents are short, around 5'4", but not that short. TIA.

TheMonster Tue 30-Aug-11 16:18:51

I've never heard that you stop growing when your periods start.

fluffles Tue 30-Aug-11 16:23:59

growth slows at onset of menses as it generally indicates the end of puberty - but it does not stop entirely.

i started my periods at that age and average height (so probably around her height) and i made it to 5'2".

FranSanDisco Tue 30-Aug-11 16:24:25

Robert Winston reckons once menstruation starts a girl grows on average only 2.6 inches more un height.

fluffles Tue 30-Aug-11 16:24:33

if her father is 5'4" that is very below average for a man. so she can expect to be below average also.

FranSanDisco Tue 30-Aug-11 21:42:04

I wonder if this would get more replies if reposted in 'preteens'. I would be interested to know if Robert Winston's prediction of growth after starting menstruation is fairly accurate or not smile.

Janoschi Tue 30-Aug-11 23:13:39

If it helps, I started my periods at 12 and it kicked off a big growth spurt so that for the one and only time in my life, I was taller than my twin sister. I made it to 5'7 before I stopped growing at 16 and my twin overtook me again.

hillee Wed 31-Aug-11 04:27:29

anecdotal I know, but I started my period at 13, and then over the course of the summer holidays grew about six inches. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules on that one.

Chundle Wed 31-Aug-11 06:57:26

I started my period at 9 and half. Was 4 foot 7. I am now almost 5foot 6

camdancer Wed 31-Aug-11 08:54:55

It wouldn't be dreadful if she did stop at 5' ish. I'm 4'11" and it hasn't blighted my life in any way.

ChinaInYourHands Thu 01-Sep-11 11:54:59

Camdancer I agree, I'm short myself and whilst I don't mind my height in the slightest, I do feel I'd be able to manage my weight better if I was a little taller.

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