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Hoping for an NBA prodigy? Follow these simple formulas for a sneak peek at how tall your kid may be.

Thought there’s no proven way to precisely predict a child’s adult height, several formulas can provide a reasonable guess for your childs growth.

First method:

  • Add the mother’s height and the father’s height in either inches or centimeters.
  • Add 5 inches (13 centimeters) for boys or subtract 5 inches (13 centimeters) for girls.
  • Divide by two.

Second method:

  • Another way to estimate how tall your kids will be is to double a boy’s height at age 2 or a girl’s height at age 18 months.

Normal growth from age 4 to puberty is at least 2 inches per year. Girls usually have a growth spurt of 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches a year starting around the age of 10, or the start of puberty. Boys experience their growth spurt around the age of 12 and grow roughly 3 to 5 inches a year.

It’s also very important that children get the right nutritional balance to power their little bodies – including total calories, carbs, protein, fat, minerals and vitamins – to maximize their growth potential. Poor nutrition can result in delayed or even permanently stunted growth.

Sleep is also very important so their bodies have time to repair, recharge, and produce growth hormones. As a guage, toddlers usually sleep 10 to 13 hours each night. School-age kids and preteens require between 10 and 12 hours each night. Your teen needs 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours of sleep.

Remember, a child’s height is largely controlled by genetics. If you are concerned with their growth, consult your family doctor. It’s also important to remember that children grow at different rates. Some children begin their growth early, while others are late bloomers.

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