Short Stature (Growth Disorders) in Children

This information is useful for children
short stature
Why Yale?
  • Our doctors participate in clinical research, which may give patients early access to new treatments.
  • Pediatricians throughout the region refer challenging cases to Yale Medicine doctors because of our deep expertise in treating short stature.
  • Yale Medicine doctors see patients in convenient locations throughout Fairfield County.

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.