My son had his regular 5 year peds appointment where we were told he's in the 10th percentile for height and the 43rd (or something like that) for weight giving him a fairly high BMI.  He's been on Prednisone for one year.  Not that concerned about the weight, as he eats really well and does not appear even slightly overweight to me.  A little concerned about the height; though, I know at this stage those numbers can be swayed easily.

 

Haven't passed any of this by his neurologist yet, and I think he'll put it in context.  Anybody else have this experience?  Prednisone has been an absolute miracle for us so far but I don't know what, if any impact it's having here.

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Our son just turned 6, and at his 6-year well visit we also found out he is in the 10th percentile for height, about 60th for weight. Has been on pred also for 15 months. We are also not concerned about the weight, and neither are the doctors - he comes from a solidly built family, and would never be considered lean anyway. While he has grown 2cm (!) over the course of the last year, I am starting to think about the height also. But as our neuro (jokingly) said, he will only be too short when he isn't taller than any girl he could dance with at school. :) And since he is lucky enough to have a few "mini" mates in his class with him, we aren't giving it too much worry right now. Our son certainly doesn't seem concerned with it at this point.
I am wondering if Human Growth Hormone (hGH) can improve boy's height.
My son is now 7 and fell below the 3rd percentile for height after several years on steroids (deflazacort). He had previously been around 15th or 20th. This past October we started him on growth hormones b/c his growth had all but stopped. He was not growth hormone deficient, but the steroids had significantly stunted his growth. He's now grown 3 inches since starting the growth hormones and is one very happy boy. I'm not sure what doctor you see, but we see Dr. Wong's team in Cincinnati. We live near Houston.
I hadn't really thought about hGH.

We see Dr. Crawford at Johns Hopkins and have also worked with Dr. Mendel at Nationwide Children's Hospital. We have an appointment at Hopkins on Wednesday. I'll bring it up then.

Laurie Paschal said:
My son is now 7 and fell below the 3rd percentile for height after several years on steroids (deflazacort). He had previously been around 15th or 20th. This past October we started him on growth hormones b/c his growth had all but stopped. He was not growth hormone deficient, but the steroids had significantly stunted his growth. He's now grown 3 inches since starting the growth hormones and is one very happy boy. I'm not sure what doctor you see, but we see Dr. Wong's team in Cincinnati. We live near Houston.
My son has been on Deflazacort for a couple of years and he has moved to the 10th percentile for height, too.  In Cincinnati, Dr. Rybalsky told us that as long as he's still on the chart, he's o.k.  The issue, I think, is if his weight increases while his height decreases or stays the same. 

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