Health: Growth Shots for Jr.

The FDA approves hormone therapy for short, healthy kids. But is it safe?

Should a child who is short but otherwise perfectly healthy be given growth hormones to make him or her taller? That's the question facing thousands of parents in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration's decision last month to approve the use of human growth hormone (HGH) for children whose predicted adult height is less than 5 ft. 3 in. for boys and 4 ft. 11 in. for girls. Before the decision, HGH had been approved only for children whose short stature was due to a medical condition.

This is a really tough call. It's not easy being short...

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