Short Stature (Growth Disorders) in Children

This information is useful for children
An older man and a younger man are walking with a child who has idiopathic short stature.

At every well-child visit, newborn through adolescence, your pediatrician will measure your child's height. In part this is because growth is a measure of health and well-being, but your doctor will also be tracking the rate at which your child is growing toward his or her estimated target height. This is calculated with a standardized formula so doctors have an objective measure to identify potential growth problems, called short stature.  

Yale Medicine has expertise in diagnosing and treating short stature and can offer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials offering early access to new treatments.