How to measure your child's growth from ages 0 to 16 years old
Posted: Posted May 13th
Edited May 15th by Sadhil Ahuja
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Measuring growth

As a parent or guardian it is important to measure your child's height every year until they are 19 years of age. If your child is short for their age it may be because they have been exposed to too much alcohol, cigarette smoke and drugs during the mother's pregnancy. It could also mean your child could have been taking illegal drugs like steroids, had a severe injury or accident, has been suffering from an extremely bad illness or disease or your child has been starving for weeks and months. It is important to make sure your child has an adequate diet. Another reason your child may be short for their age is because your child may have a constitutional delay of growth and puberty. These children are healthy but have a slower rate of physical development than average. Therefore it is important to protect them and make sure nothing bad happens to them until they are 17, 18 or 19 years of age.

Abnormal growth

If a boy does not have any signs of a beard or wisdom teeth by the time he is 15 to 16 years of age (16 is the official adult age in most Countries) then this usually means he has a delayed puberty problem and must be kept at home under special care with his parents/guardians until he is 17, 18 or 19 years of age.

In most Countries including the UK the official age of Adulthood is 16. (15 to 16 is where boys become fully grown men according to qualified doctors and the education system).
"Most girls finish puberty by age 14. Most boys finish puberty at age 15 or 16." The beard and the wisdom teeth represent full growth in boys which usually develop by 15 to 16.
"Attainment of majority. Section 2 (A) of the Children's Act (1992) states that every human being below the age of 16 is a child. When a human being reaches the age of 16 they have officially become an Adult"

However for late developers, the age where they become physical adults is 17, 18 or 19 so they need to be kept at home under more protection until they get their beard and wisdom teeth.
https://www.pedsendo.org/assets/patients_families/EdMat/first_batch/Constitutional%20Growth%20Delay.pdf https://www.chospab.es/biblioteca/DOCUMENTOS/Atlas_of_Hand_Bone_Age.pdf
(Page 16, Slide 22)
http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=289&id=1774#2 https://www.care.com/c/stories/4217/when-do-boys-stop-growing/en-gb/ https://www.sunparkdental.com/specialty/wisdom-teeth/

When do you think is the age that everyone becomes an Adult?

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