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Short Stature in Children (cont.)


The prognosis for persons with normal variant short stature is excellent. For children with growth hormone deficiency, treatment with growth hormone replacement therapy typically results in a height consistent with the child's genetic potential, so long as therapy begins five years before the onset of puberty.

Support Groups and Counseling

Children may be self-conscious about their height, and short children are often teased. Some children may benefit from evaluation and treatment by a mental-health professional.

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The Magic Foundation

The Hormone Foundation of the Endocrine Society

The Human Growth Foundation


Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics


"Diagnostic approach to children and adolescents with short stature"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/2/2015

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