Concerns about 13 3/4 year old boy's growth
Hi - my son, who had historically been at the 25% percentile for height, fell off the growth curve a few years ago and is currently around the 1st percentile for height. He is nearly 14, but not close to puberty. His HGH levels are normal, and everything else seems to be normal (his bone age is 12 3/4, which apparently is in the normal range). According to predictions based on bone age, he will be in the 5'4" - 5'6" range as an adult. His father is 5'10" and the men in his family tend to be tall (there's also height on the female side of the family), and his twin brother is 5" taller than he is. He is desperate to get taller, and keeps asking about HGH. Leaving aside the issue of HGH (we are going to get a second opinion about whether or not this is advisable; specialist recommendations appreciated), has anyone else been told that their son or daughter would be very short based on a prediction from bone age or growth curves, and then had him or her turn out to be taller? I'm trying to get him to eat more calories and a more nutritional diet in case this has been a factor (he's a vegetarian and very food-averse generally, except as to sugar), but I don't want to promise him he'll get taller if he does. He's about to start 8th grade, and is acutely aware that he is the smallest boy in his middle school (he looks like he's in the 8-10 range). Alternatively, are there any parents of young men who are 5'4" - 5'6" and who are ok with it?
Thanks in advance,