Medical Conditions



Normal Growth

What is considered a normal growth rate?

Growth involves not only the length and weight of a body, but also includes internal growth and development.

Normal growth is categorized in a range used by pediatricians to gauge how a child is growing. The following are some average ranges of weight and height, based on growth charts developed by the CDC:

AgeHeight - Females
(in inches)
Height - Males
(in inches)
Weight - Females
(in pounds)
Weight - Males
(in pounds)
1 27 to 31 28 to 32 15 to 20 17 to 21
2 31.5 to 36 32 to 37 22 to 32 24 to 34
3 34.5 to 40 35.5 to 40.5 26 to 38 26 to 38
4 37 to 42.5 37.5 to 43 28 to 44 30 to 44
6 42 to 49 42 to 49 36 to 60 36 to 60
8 47 to 54 47 to 54 44 to 80 46 to 78
10 50 to 59 50.5 to 59 54 to 106 54 to 102
12 55 to 64 54 to 63.5 68 to 136 66 to 130
14 59 to 67.5 59 to 69.5 84 to 160 84 to 160
16 60 to 68 63 to 73 94 to 172 104 to 186
18 60 to 68.5 65 to 74 100 to 178 116 to 202

Although a child may be growing, his or her growth pattern may deviate from the norm. Ultimately, the child should grow to normal height by adulthood. If you suspect your child or adolescent is not growing properly, always consult your child's doctor.

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Last reviewed: 12/29/2012