How to predict your child's adult height

How to predict your child's adult height

This simple equation used by pediatricians can help you get an idea of how tall your kids will be when they grow up.

Have you ever wondered about how tall your child will be when he grows up? Though there isn’t an accurate way to do this, pediatricians do use this formula to make an estimate.

Here is the formula, shared by Bright Side, to help you get an idea of how tall your child will be. All you need is the height of the mother and father (in centimeters), and the gender of the child.

How to calculate a boy’s adult height

Here’s how you do it:

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So, if the dad’s height is 180 cm and the mom’s height is 163 cm, this is how you’ll calculate it:

  1. Add the father and the mother’s height in centimeters (180 + 163 = 343)
  2. Divide the sum by 2 (343 ÷ 2 = 171.5)
  3. Add 6.5 (171.5 + 6.5 = 178 cm)
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How to calculate a girl’s adult height

Here’s how you do it:

calculate child's height

So, if the dad’s height is 180 cm and the mom’s height is 163 cm, this is how you’ll calculate it:

  1. Add the father and the mother’s height in centimeters (180 + 163 = 343)
  2. Divide the sum by 2 (343 ÷ 2 = 171.5)
  3. Subtract 6.5 (171.5 – 6.5 = 165 cm)

Again, these equations won’t be 100% accurate, but they’ll give you a good idea of how tall your child might be. Our role as parents is to help our child reach their maximum height—find out how to do that on the next page.

On the next page: how to help your child grow taller.

Though your child’s height is largely determined by genetics, there are many ways you can help him reach his maximum height. Here are some tips from LiveStrong on how to do just that.

Proper nutrition

Feeding your child the right foods is crucial for their growth. Feed them a balanced diet of nutritious foods and make sure that they’re staying hydrated as well.

Sufficient sleep

Bodies recharge, repair, and grow the most during sleep. Toddlers should get 10-13 hours of sleep each night, while school-age kids and preteens need 10-12 hours of sleep. Teens should get 8 1/2-9 1/2 hours of sleep. Encourage your child to maintain a regular sleep schedule, even on the weekends.

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Staying active

Exercise doesn’t just help your child keep obesity at bay, but also helps with your child’s growth. Your child should get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day.

Consult a pediatrician

If you notice that your child’s growth has slowed, check with a professional, as a medical problem could be causing it.

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