A growth spurt is a period when a child's height rapidly
increases. Growth spurts are most obvious when a child is an infant (in the first year of life) and during the teen years (starting at about age 11
for girls and at about age 13 for boys).
The signs of a growth
Increased appetite. A child's nutritional needs
increase before and during periods of rapid growth.
An increase in
bone and muscle growth.
An increase in the amount of fat stored in
Growth spurts can last days to years.
first year of life, growth spurts typically occur during the following ages:
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics