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Parents of ADHD Children

Delayed Bone Age

Wondering if anyone has any dealings with delayed bone age? 

My 11 year old son has his well check.  ADHD meds good, anemia is in check, eating habits have significantly improved.  But the doc is concerned about his height and weight.  He has always been small, but has stayed on his own little growth chart line (currently in the 3rd percentile).  Before he gets older, doc wants him to go to a specialist to see if there’s any underlying causes of his smallness. 

So he ordered a bone age scan.  Results came back, he has a bone age of 9 years old.  So is that a good thing?  Bad thing?  Specialist couldn’t get him in until mid-May.


My son is 12 and we are going through the same thing.  His weight was fine, but his height was concerning and he didn’t grow at all in more than a year.  His bone age was 2-3 years behind.  They ran a battery of blood tests, checked that he was producing growth hormones and sent us to an endocrinologist.  All blood tests were normal.  Endocrinologist said that he would eventually grow, not to worry and to find out from his father when he had his growth spurt. (He was about 15)  He finally grew a little this past winter, maybe 1/4 inch, but is almost 13 and only 4’6”.

Posted by ccarwile on Apr 25, 2017 at 6:25pm

Thank you so much for the information!  My little guy is 4’3” and 57 lbs.  He’s always made these itty-bitty gains, so doc ruled out failure to thrive. 

Did insurance cover most of the tests?  Just wondering if its something I need to get ready to budget for.

Posted by Pump2Duncan on Apr 25, 2017 at 7:28pm

My son has a growth hormone deficiency so I can definitely understand your concerns.  Just because the bone age was a little delayed doesn’t necessarily mean that he has a growth hormone deficiency.  The specialist will have to do some tests to see how much growth hormone he makes or if there is any other reason for his short stature.  If you have good insurance, it should pay for the tests.

Posted by LynnB4 on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:58pm

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