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Question : My 9-year-old daughter is small for her age and below the growth chart norm. She had a bone test that said the age of her bones was 7 years. How can that be and what does it mean?
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Claire McCarthy, M.D., a senior medical editor for Harvard Health Publications, is an assistant professor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is an attending physician and Medical Communications Editor at Children's Hospital Boston.

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September 01, 2011
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There are lots of reasons why a child may be small for her age. Genetics, hormones, and nutrition all play a role in your child’s growth. Although it sounds strange that her bone age is younger than she is, it could mean that she has more growth potential.

The best person to answer your question is your doctor. He or she knows about your child’s growth and health, and can best explain what the test results mean for your child.

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