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How many growth spurts does a child usually go through, and are there common age ranges when they go through their growth spurts? At what age do children usually stop growing?

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It seems like I'm buying new shoes for my son every 4 months! He just turned 3 and he's in a toddler's 10 already. If he grows into his feet he's going to beggar me! – Darwy May 14 '11 at 22:16

It truly depends on the age of the child in question.

  • Newborns will go through growth spurts every few weeks.
  • From toddlerhood through early adolescence growth spurts occur every few months (every child is different, but it can range from 3 to 9 months in frequency).
  • The most noticeable growth occurs at puberty
  • Growth spurts will continue to occur in most young adults through their early twenties, however they will be relatively infrequent and irregular.
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Not sure when they'll stop, end of puberty maybe, but I've been told (and it seems to hold up) that they'll hit a growth spurt about every 6-9 months.

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As per @cabbey's answer it seems to be a bit over six months for the first few years at least. My 10 year old seems to have slowed a bit: maybe 10 month between his last couple.

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