Do you feel like the smallest person in your class? Guys and girls who are shorter may feel out of sync with their peers — just as guys who mature earlier may feel strange if they shave first, or girls who get their periods before their friends may feel awkward. In most cases, teens who are small are probably just physically maturing a little bit more slowly than their friends. Or maybe their parents are smaller and they take after them. Occasionally, though, there's a medical reason why some people grow more slowly than usual. Kids and teens grow and go through puberty at different times.
You and Your Hormones
Dose effects of growth hormone during puberty.
Skip to content. When is it appropriate to treat short children with growth hormone? The answer is not always clear-cut, as many parents and physicians have discovered over the past three decades. Social, medical and ethical concerns complicate the issue.
Friday nights in the fall mean high school football. But that wholesome slice of Americana also contains a dark undercurrent—a marked rise in the use of human growth hormone by high school aged students. In a recent survey of 3, kids, 11 percent of teens in grades 9 through 12 reported having used synthetic human growth hormone without a prescription. That means that at any high school football game, it's likely that at least two players on the field will have tried human growth hormone.
The height a person reaches as an adult depends on the genes they inherit from their parents as well as general health and nutrition during their years of growth. The child of short parents is more likely to be short themselves than the child of tall parents. There is a lot of variation; brothers or sisters with the same parents will not all end up the same height and parents can, by chance, have a child who is unexpectedly tall or short in relation to the rest of the family. Illnesses or poor nutrition during childhood or being small or premature at birth may mean children do not reach their full potential adult height. The average height of the population has gradually increased over the centuries because children have been better nourished and have had fewer illnesses and infections.