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How to predict your child’s adult height

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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.

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