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Myth Buster: Height Predictions

[PURPLE_TEXT_BOLD {What you've heard:}] To know how tall your kid will be as an adult, just double his height at age 2.

[PURPLE_TEXT_BOLD {The truth:}] Not even close. In fact, of the height predictors-all imperfect-this one is the least likely to get it right.

For a better guesstimate, some pediatricians use a formula that essentially averages the heights of the parents, then adds two inches for a boy or subtracts two for a girl.

By the time he's 6 or 7, your child's growth chart is also an indicator of how tall he'll be as an adult: A child whose height is consistently in the 80th percentile, for example, will probably be a tall adult, too.