Anyone had a 6' tall 12yo (not 12 1/2 - just 12!) boy? How tall did he grow?

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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:22:58 AM
My son is 12yo and 4 mos. He is 5'11 1/2" tall. Size 15 shoes (this is the biggest concern!!)

His pediatrician says 6'6" to 6'8" is her best guess and that he just STARTED his growth spurt.

Anyone have a tall kid who's grown and can give me a ballpark?


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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:30:43 AM
Not my son but a dear friend. He was over 6' when we were in middle school and grew to be 7'2" by the time we graduated highschool.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:41:01 AM
My 16 year old is 6'4"...I can't remember how tall he was when he was 12 though. He was always the tallest in his class. He has slowed down now that he's in high school.

He wears a size 14 shoe. Zappos is his best friend. He can't buy the hip shoes he lives in stores (generally).

We haven't had a ingrown toenail issue (ouch!). He hates being asked if he plays basketball. He plays football and lacrosse. I like having a tall person who can reach the top of cabinets.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:44:36 AM
My brother was 6' at 13 and wore a size 15 shoe. He ended up 6'5".

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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:45:11 AM

Hope yours likes basketball - everyone assumes my accident prone computer/theater geek is a boffo basketball player who is dying to join the football team.

His dad played basketball professionally and my poor son does not enjoy it and is pretty bad. He loves soccer and that is why size 15 is so difficult. That is the largest soccer shoe they make. they MAKE. Size 15 basketball shoes are easy to come by!

Zappos is my friend already! But my son is allowed: 1 sneaker, 1 soccer shoe, 1 basketball shoe and 1 pair of crocs (size 14-15!). My girls have way too many shoes to count!


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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:47:42 AM
don't too much, friend! He could be almost done growing. But...apparently boys do get a second growth spurt around 17 or 18.

I have a weird kid. He's 12, but only five foot three. However, is SHOE size is an 11.5!


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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:00:04 PM
My nephew was 6 feet tall at 12 and 6'7" at 16 when he was finished growing.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:04:01 PM
Our son is a 16 year old 6'2" giant with 12.5 feet and I think he's still growing, but he definitely comes by it naturally. I'm 5'11" and DH is 6'1".....he was even tall and skinny as a baby....22" long, 7.3 pounds.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:06:16 PM
Not my ds but my nephew. He was probably around that height or close at 12 and he is 15 and 6'6.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:06:54 PM
My brother was 6' in 6th grade and he is now a 6'2" adult. My younger brother however, was slower to grow and didn't stop until he was 20, he's now 6'4".

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:09:53 PM
Mine is sixteen and 6'3" and is still growing so I can't tell when it'll stop. I know mine is growing when he's constantly eating and his face breaks out. Something to do with hormones.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:38:56 PM
My pediatrician swears by doubling their height at 2 year old check up.

...and the Mayo Clinic agrees:
Child's Height at Age 2 May Predict Adult Height

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Dear Mayo Clinic:
Is it true that a child's future height can be predicted when they are 2 years old, based on their size at that time?

A child's height at age 2 may be predictive of final adult height. But many factors can affect height. As they grow, children should be monitored regularly by a doctor to ensure they are growing properly and to detect any growth problems as soon as possible.

Doubling a child's height at age 2 can provide an estimate of how tall that child will be in adulthood. (Boys are usually a little taller than that number and girls a little shorter.) That's because by 2 most children have reached the growth chart percentile they will stay on as they grow. The percentile compares a child's height with that of other children the same age. For example, a child on the 50th percentile for height would be taller than half and shorter than half of other children his or her age.

After age 2, most healthy children grow steadily at about 2 inches per year until they reach puberty. During puberty they have a growth spurt, and shortly after that growth ends. Generally, most girls grow only about 2 inches more after they have their first menstrual period. Boys, by the time they need to start shaving and their voices deepen, have usually almost finished growing.

Genetics plays the biggest role in a person's final adult height. The best predictor of height is parents' height or, more specifically, midparental height. You can calculate midparental height by adding the mother's and father's height in inches. Add 5 more inches for boys or subtract 5 inches for girls. Divide by two. Most children will reach an adult height within 2 inches of mid-parental height.

Several factors can negatively affect final adult height. A chronic illness can considerably impede growth. Although some conditions — such as hormonal disorders (thyroid disease, growth hormone deficiency) and genetic disorders (Down syndrome, Turner syndrome) — are specifically linked to reduced adult height, any significant illness can decrease growth. Medications such as corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone or cortisone) can also reduce a child's growth and final adult height, especially if used in high doses for long periods.

Being underweight can impact final height, too, particularly during stages of rapid growth such as infancy and puberty. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa often affect teenagers and can prevent the normal growth spurt that should occur during puberty. Unfortunately, once puberty is complete, the bony growth plates are closed, and there's no opportunity to get back the missed growth.

Keep in mind, though, that eating in excess will not help a child grow taller. Children who are obese are often taller when they are younger because obesity can affect the body's bone maturation, causing more rapid growth at a younger age. Heavier grade school children may be tall, but they often finish growing sooner than their peers. Eventually, those children have the adult height that would normally be expected in their family.

If a child is healthy, they should grow at a rate of about 2 inches per year, from age 2 until puberty. If your child isn't growing at that rate, see your pediatrician or family physician. Even healthy children should be seen by their doctors at least every two years to check that growth is normal. If a child is well into puberty and a treatable growth disorder is discovered, there may not be much that can be done to change final height. If discovered earlier, however, some excellent treatments are available.

— Siobhan Pittock, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:40:51 PM
DH hit 6 feet by the beginning of 6th grade. He is now 6'5".

Our 6th grade dd wishes there were some boys like your son at her school. At 5'7" she is taller than all the boys in her grade. I keep telling her they'll all get their growth spurts over Christmas...

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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:43:26 PM
Lol, you sound like me, I have a 13 year and he is 6 ft 2 inches, pediatrician estimates he will be around 6 ft 5 inches by the time he is done ..... Shoe size is 12.5, just got new sneakers this weekend and I was shocked. DH is pretty tall though, 6 foot 3 inches size 13.5 shoes.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 12:43:56 PM
I read girls 2 boys 2.5

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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:08:20 PM

I read girls 2 boys 2.5

This is what we were told by our pediatrician. BUT with the disclaimer that anything could happen!

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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:09:39 PM
My son is 13 and is 5' 10 1/2" His pediatrician's guess is that he will be 6'4" DH is 6'4"


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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:36:38 PM
My ds turned 13 in June and is a little over 6 foot tall.

His doctor has commented that he'll likely reach 6'4" ish.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:45:41 PM
I would expect him to grow more than that. My 17 year old has grown 7" since that age. He was shorter than me (I am 5'4" )
at 13, and now he's 6'1".

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Posted: 12/3/2012 1:50:07 PM
My oldest hit around 6 ft in 8th grade/12 yo. He is now 16 and just about 6'5" with a little bit of growth in him. My dh is 6'5" and there are several family members that are 6'6" tall.

I believe it is harder to tell ultimate growth in boys. I would look at his maturity level. It is a decent indicator although it still isn't absolute. With the size of his feet I wouldn't be surprised if he gets well over 6'5". There are a couple boys around town that are 14 1/2 and they are already 6'6" and over. They say if they have their growth plate xrayed they can tell. We have had a couple lately and they still seem to be guessing.

I understand his frustration with shoes. It would be harder in soccer over basketball. Although many of the best players are tall. I know when my boys played many of the pro players kids played competitive soccer-so maybe taller players are the wave of the future.

eta: That we did the height calculations when my kids were 2. All of the kids measured the same with the height potential of 6'2" tall. One is 6'5" and another is 6' and that could be all she wrote. I think the one coming up will be the tallest of the bunch. I don't disagree with the predictors but that is what they are: guesses.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:39:29 PM
My brother ended up 6'7". My mum had such a hard time finding clothes to fit.
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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:45:31 PM
My DS is 23 and still growing. He is currently 6'5". He didn't start his real growth spurt until about 15 and he was about 6' then. Since that time he has grown slowly every year.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:49:07 PM
Not much help for you, but my DS has a friend who JUST turned 13 in late October, and he is 6'4". I have never seen kid that big before! And his hands and feet are huge - he looks like he's still growing into them. Who knows where that kid is going to end up!

My DS is 14 and 5'4". They are quite a pair when hanging out together!

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Posted: 12/3/2012 2:54:08 PM
My brother was 6 feet tall by 8th grade/13 years old. He grew to 6'4".


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Posted: 12/3/2012 3:08:40 PM
I don't have a whole lot of advice, but the big feet is certainly a concern. My just turned 13 yr old is in size 13. Wanted to suggest you mamas try Ross/Marshalls, I see size 13-16 shoes there sometimes. Converse, Nike, etc.. They don't sell very quickly there, so I hope you get lucky and find some!

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Posted: 12/3/2012 3:25:34 PM
My son was 6' exactly the first day of 5th grade and was 6'4" in 8th grade and stands a whopping 6'10" now at 20.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 3:28:32 PM

Nordstrom's Rack carries size 14, not sure about 15.
Ours goes all the way to size 22 shoes and we buy the 'big ones' pretty frequently there!

Also, for both my boys, if you took the height at 24 months and doubled it, that is darn close for my shorter #2 son (who is only 17 and may be growing a bit more and is now 6'4" and EXACTLY right for my tall son. If my younger son grows one inch, he will be exactly double 24 months, too.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 4:00:40 PM
My DH was just under 6 feet at 12 and he ended up to be 6'5 1/2".


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Posted: 12/3/2012 9:58:05 PM
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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:29:43 PM
My friends son is 15, 6'4" and sz 16 shoe.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:51:27 AM
I was wondering the same thing! Thanks for asking and for all the comments.
My son just turned 14 and he is 6'1. But he is a gentle giant, wouldn't harm a fly. I'm glad because if he wasn't that tall I think he would be a target for bullies.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 11:57:59 AM

My pediatrician swears by doubling their height at 2 year old check up.

...and the Mayo Clinic agrees:

We, too, did that formula...Caeley was supposed to be 5 foot 11. Adam was supposed to be 5 foot 9.

Our PA just debunked that theory; she did some new formula for both the kids; Caeley is supposed to now be 5 foot 8; Adam, six foot two. And, since his feet are an 11.5 and he's only twelve, I beileve it!


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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:54:08 PM
Nope - not quite that tall. My son hit 6' shortly after turning 14. He is now 14yrs 4 months and still growing. I tried the mid parental height theory, but that would put him at 6' and 1/2 inches which is where he already I'm guessing he has a couple more inches in him at least! He wears a 12 or 13 shoe, depending on style.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 1:52:06 PM
My son is in his 30s and is 6.5. He wore size 13 in high school, but sized out at 15.

At least, today, you have online stores for buying clothes. Just as with short people, tall people have different measurements with a wide range of differentials. It is what it is and you just need to come to terms with buying tall clothes.

Yes, they are more expensive and they don't get to have as many, but if you buy good quality and are careful how you wash and dry them, you will make it through his growing years. lease keep in mind that the jokes will happen no matter what, about height, but misfitting clothing will make it even worse. Better to have fewer, well made clothes than sleeve and pant legs too short that will only lead to teasing.

Remember, what you are experiencing is far less troublesome than what he will experience. Tall jokes are an everyday occurance. Help him now to get used to it, have a few gracious comebacks, and help him to just remember that people are good at heart, but "stupid stuff just flows out of their mouths at an alarming rate". My favorite is "You're tall"...nothing like stating the obvious!

When my son get really annoyed, he will use the comback "you have bird poop on top of your head"...that's an oldie, but goodie. LOL

Here are a few links that might help to think about things to consider as he grows. Remember, average height people "think" in the average range, just as most manufacturers.

Cars may not be on your radar at his age, but those who have college age students may need this:
Best cars for tall people

The King Size site has a link to everyday living items. Chairs and beds are important for really tall people. Remember, their lower backs are in more jepardy than average people backs.

Everyday living catalog for tall people

I'm didn't link these sites to scare you, it is just important to keep these things in mind as your children grow into adult sized bodies that may need different sized, everyday living furnishings and clothing.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:10:13 PM
My son wasn't that tall at 12 and is 15 1/2 now.
But June 2011 he was 5' 6", June 2012 5' 9" and now Dec 2012 just touching 6' so is in a major growth spurt right now and I swear he grows while I look at him. He was 3' 2" at 2 and the ped said he'd been about 6' 4" when he'd finished growing.

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