Anyone who has ever had a child has heard one of the doctors say ” Looks like he will grow up to be a football player!”
It is almost an established fact that everyone who has a baby would like to know something about their future, particularly how tall they will grow.
With the leaps in technology though, we have managed to take most of the uncertainty out of height predictors and have integrated computer programs and principles of endocrinology into the determination.
Here we will examine how the height predictor works as well as their accuracy in predicting your child’s height.
How to use the height predictor software:
Enter all of the pertinent information: Child’s height, weight, age, and sex as well as the parents’ heights. It is rather simple to integrate the information into the software, just fill in the above blanks.
Once you have entered all of the information into the software and press “Calculate”, the height calculator will average the parents’ height information and factor in the child’s height, weight, and sex based potential.
How The Software Works:
According to the biological factors that determine height, there are several innate predictors that can be seen as soon as the child is born.
One of the most important factors in determining the baby’s height is its overall size at birth. Whether the child has been born prematurely or has had a full term pregnancy can change some of the innate factors in the child’s future growth.
Once you have the child’s size and weight, the only other important element is the child’s sex. After all, the growth rate varies based upon the hormones that are present at certain times in the child’s life.
With all of this information at your hands, all you need in order to complete the software’s requirements for calculation is information about the parents’ height.
The average of their heights will determine the possible range your child will grow to, although the child can certainly be taller or shorter than both of their parents.
The height predicting software uses the Khamis-Roche method and calculates height based on the linear regression analysis method. The details are highly complicated and should only appeal to scientists and doctors.
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How Accurate Is It?
When it comes to height calculators, there are generally two understandings regarding their accuracy. First, many individuals will fall into a height range that is more consistent with one parent than the other based on gene inheritance.
The other understanding is that certain environmental factors as well as latent growth hormones can heavily impact the child’s growth. If they have a deficiency in certain minerals and vitamins, it can adversely affect their optimal height.
For every calculation, the height predictor will compute a trend based on the mother’s height, then one for the father’s height, and then average those two numbers. Given these factors, you will be shown the average height trends that take both parents and the child’s physicality into account.
With all of these factors considered into the calculation, it is estimated that the height predictor software is accurate to within three inches, seventy five percent of the time.
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Other ways to predict your child’s height
Probably the most accurate (and most expensive) method to predict your child’s height is a technique used by doctors and scientists by determining bone age. An x-ray is taken of the child’s hand and wrist to determine skeletal maturity. This x-ray in turn is analyzed and compared to a standardized radiograph, thus determining future height.
Another method is to average the parents’ heights and adding three inches for a boy and subtracting 3 inches for a girl. While this method is fairly accurate and scientifically sound, the ultimate height may vary up to 5 inches.
The easiest, but the least accurate method, is just to double the height of the child on his second birthday. Medically, it has been shown that your height at two years old is roughly half of your ultimate adult height.
Predicting your child’s height is uncertain at best…
Overall, this height predictor software is a great way of predicting your child’s future height with a fair degree of scientific certainty.
However, a child’s ultimate height is determined by many different factors including sex, genetics, and environmental factors. Genetics account for only 70% of the child’s future height, while 30% is determined by environmental factors such as exercise, nutrition, health, and general lifestyle.
Therefore, although you can use the height predictor as a general reference, you should strive to provide your child with the best environment conducive to achieving their maximum potential height.
WHAT EXACTLY IS: Conducive to achieving maximum potential height?
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