Does PA affect growth potential?

Posted on: Sun, 05/28/2000 - 1:21pm
AmyJ's picture
Joined: 05/17/2000 - 09:00

I have a 2 1/2 year old boy with PA. He seems to be on the small side of the growth charts. I am 5'8", my husband is 6'4". My son is barely in the 50th percentile in height, and the 15th percentile for weight.

I have asked my doctor if the allergy is affecting his growth potential. He danced around the question saying that if I give him the proper alternative nutrition it should not affect his growth.

Several other mothers in my area have noted that their PA children run on the smaller side also. Is this just coincidence??

Are there some teen and adult PA people out there that can answer this question for me? Thank you for your time----this has been on my mind for about a year now.

Posted on: Sun, 05/28/2000 - 3:23pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My son is 7 1/2 and is one of the tallest kids in his 2nd grade class. So, it may be coincidence, but maybe not.

Posted on: Sun, 05/28/2000 - 6:33pm
Gwen Thornberry's picture
Joined: 10/14/1999 - 09:00

Hi Amy
I'm 21 and I'm about 5'4", or may a half inch or so taller! When I was younger, I was quite tall, but then I seemed to stop at this height at the age of 13 and that was that. My mother and father are not much taller than me, and my sister (non pa) is a tiny bit smaller, so it may be that it just runs in the family. I don't think of myself as unusually small though (please don't shatter my dreams!!).
Don't worry too much about your son - he has about 18 years left before he stops growing, so there's plenty of time for a growth spurt! [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 05/29/2000 - 4:07am
andy's picture
Joined: 04/26/2001 - 09:00

Hi Amy. I am 47 years old and I am just shy of 6 feet tall. I have never heard of PA affecting how tall a person would be. I would not even think about that. Andy

Posted on: Mon, 05/29/2000 - 4:14am
morgansmom's picture
Joined: 04/29/2000 - 09:00

My daughter is extremely tall for her age.
I've never heard of PA affecting height but I have heard that steroid medicines used to treat asthma apparently affect growth. Many PA children have asthma.
...but for us, it doesn't seem like the asthma medication stunt growth, she's incredibly tall.

Posted on: Mon, 05/29/2000 - 6:24am
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

Hi Amy! It's only natural to be concerned about your son's growth, but I'm sure if your doctor thought there was a problem he would let you know. My 3 yr old pa son isn't even on the charts anymore for his weight and he's in the 10th percentile for his height. My non-pa 1 yr old is in the 10th percentile for his weight and the 45th for his height--which is exactly the same statistics as my 3 yr old when he was 1. And believe it or not, they are little pigs--you'd just never know by looking at them. In our case--we're just a small family--I'm 5'3", 100 lbs. and my husband is 5'8", 140 lbs. I wouldn't be too concerned about it unless there was a significant drop-off on his growth chart.

Posted on: Mon, 05/29/2000 - 9:11am
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

I have similar concerns about my son's growth and have asked many doctors about it. I have 3 sons. My two non PA son's are both tall and my PA son is very small. He is by far the smallest in his class and is very sensitive about it. He is the same size as his younger brother (2 yrs. younger). None of the Drs. think there is a relationship to the PA but I am not 100% convinced.

Posted on: Mon, 05/29/2000 - 9:22am
scywong's picture
Joined: 10/28/1999 - 09:00

I wouldn't be too concerned about is a genetic thing. Also, some kids are just small when they are young but, grow during puberty. I have friends who were tiny in grade school but, were 6' tall when they hit University. However, taking cortisone or prednisone or steriods has been documented to hinder growth.

Posted on: Mon, 05/29/2000 - 11:45am
AmyJ's picture
Joined: 05/17/2000 - 09:00

Thank you everyone for taking the time to give me your opinion on whether the PA has stunted my son's growth.
It is good to know that there are tall people out there with PA. I guess with time, genetics will prove true and he will fullfill his destined growth potential. I do not have anything against smaller people, I was (am) concerned that the allergy was holding him back...not that I can do anything about that. I do not personally know any adult with PA, so I had no other means of asking this question. Thank you for your time in responding to this.
P.S. I did not know about steroids affecting growth. So far he does not seem to have asthma.
[This message has been edited by AmyJ (edited May 29, 2000).]

Posted on: Fri, 06/02/2000 - 3:25pm
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

My 3 year old PA son was only in the 5th percentile for height and not even on the charts for weight - he had started dropping slowly at around the same time we introduced food (6 mos. old or so). He was diagnosed as failure to thrive and that's how we found his peanut allergy. His pedi seemed less than concerned about his size but did say he had "growth delay." I finally took my son to a pediatric gastrointerologist because he was eating TONS and not growing. He ruled out any intestinal problems and suggested severe food allergies as the root cause. We then saw the allergist and found out he was allergic to eggs (we knew), peanuts (we assumed he was PA since I am), and corn. As soon as we eliminated corn from his diet and began treating his environmental allergies, he started growing and gaining weight. He grew more in the first 2 months of allergy treatment than he had in the time from 18 months to 3 years! The allergist was somewhat baffled by all this, but we finally decided that his little body was so busy fighting his allergies all the time it just had nothing left to grow. Corn is in EVERYTHING he was eating and I also feel the environmental allergies were wearing him down, too.
All in all, I feel it is very likely that children with severe allergies may have growth delays for the same reasons my son did - though most are probably not as extreme as my sons (he's still about a year behind in size).

Posted on: Sat, 06/03/2000 - 4:07am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

My non PA son is also very small for his age. He has not grown or gained weight in probably over a year. We WILL be taking him to the allergist now after reading the above post. Thanks!


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