Genetic testing for preschooler's abnormal growth?
Hi fellow parents,
My elder daughter who is now 4.5 yrs old has always been off the charts for both her height and weight. She is a happy and healthy kid with no other medical conditions. We as parents have realized the fact that she is a tall kid, my husband is 6'1 and I am 5'6. Her fast growth has slowed down in last year and would eventually hit a plateau. We all stop growing at some point, right? We try to keep her active in different physical activities to keep her weight under control. Her pediatrician at PAMF is concerned about her abnormal growth and we did several hormonal and growth factor tests to rule out any hormonal abnormalities. After these tests came out fine, the endocrinologist at Stanford referred us to genetic counselor. I was not in favor of visiting the genetic counselor as I feel the medical team is trying to push us into deep digging with further tests on the basis on that something somewhere has to be wrong with my daughter. We did go through genetic counseling but did not get any extra information or reason on why my daughter needs it. The MD and counselor did a lot of probing o her developmental milestones and behavior which is not lacking in any way. My prenatal genetic screening was also normal. But, still these doctors want us to go through gene panel testing to identify if she is at risk of developing certain life threatening conditions later in her life. I want to know if other parents have been through similar experience and share their thoughts?