Is the CDC Growth Chart good predictor of growth?

My 12 year-old son just had his annual physical. His pediatrician said that my son hit his growth spurt on the early side, therefore he will stop growing earlier than his peers. He's looking at the CDC growth chart and making a predication at where my son will stop growing. Of course he told me, "don't hold me to this, but this is what I think."

Here's the progression for my son:

2009: 52 1/2 inches tall, 64 lbs
2010: 55 inches tall, 70 lbs
2011: 58 inches tall, 81 lbs
2012: 62 inches tall, 100 lbs

His voice has changed and he has developed some of the secondary male sex characteristics. Also, his hands and feet are massive, relative to his body.

The doctor isn't that concerned with the rate at which my son is growing. I guess I'm just looking for feedback from other mothers of sons. Will he really stop growing earlier than his peers? Are those charts that accurate?

Last edited by medussa; 06-25-2012 at 09:17 AM. Reason: Edit to correct 2012 height
How tall are you and hubby?

I guess 12 for boys doesn't seem too early, IMO...but I don't know when it comes to boys and mine is only 10.

BUT...I have read that you really don't completely stop growing until you're in your later teens and very early 20s. The growth slows dramatically, but doesn't totally stop.

So, he might not get too much taller while more of his peers will hit their spurt within the next year or so.
My husband is just shy of 5'10" and I apparently shrunk in the last 10 years. I used to be 5'2 3/4" and now I'm 5'1". I don't know what the hell happened.
I would think he'd end up being somewhere in the middle between you and hubby.

I remember reading that if you take mom and dad's height, average it, and then add 6 inches for boys, but subtract 6 inches for girls.

It seems odd that he'd stop at 5'3" when dad is taller, but I guess it could happen.
All the guys in my family have been taller then their Dads with the exception of one cousin, and he is maybe only an inch or two shorter.

Do you have measurments from when he was little? My Dad swears by measuring kids on their second birthday, doubling it and that will be their height. Worked out for my brother and I.

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All the guys in my family have been taller then their Dads with the exception of one cousin, and he is maybe only an inch or two shorter.

Do you have measurments from when he was little? My Dad swears by measuring kids on their second birthday, doubling it and that will be their height. Worked out for my brother and I.

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