Can short parents have tall children?

August 1, 2018 | By NuBest
Many short parents are extremely worried that their children will later be as short as them. Is gene a direct determinant of children's height? This issue will be reflected in the article below.

Children of short parents still become tall

Parents' worrying that their modest height will affect children's later height is absolutely reasonable because genetics is also one of the factors that influence human height growth. If parents are short, children may also be short due to genetic inheritance.

However, they do not know that genetics accounts for about 23% of human height growth while the remaining 77% include nutrition, exercise and sleep which all depend on health care. This means that if parents pay attention to nutritional supplementation for children, encourage children to exercise and care for their sleep right from their young ages, especially during "golden periods", they can completely own outstanding height in future.

Height becomes increasingly important in life.

Nowadays, in addition to intellectual capacity, height and appearance also play a very important role in career opportunities, sentiments and future of each person. Therefore, every parents needs to equip themselves with necessary knowledge about how to take care of their children's height in order to help promote their children's height growth from now on. If parents take proper methods, children still have opportunities to become tall despite parents' short stature.

How do short parents help their children become tall?

In order to increase height for children, short parents should have a specific plan which combines impact factors on children's height growth:


Nutrition accounts for up to 32% of human height growth. A proper diet at young ages will help children grow taller.

Nutrition for children's height growth should be paid attention as soon as the mothers are pregnant. Specifically, during pregnancy, the mothers need to eat calcium-rich foods such as seafood, spinach, beans... in order to promote the development of fetal bones and help born babies have solid and flexible skeletons, thereby creating a premise for later height growth.

Mothers should care for children's height in the fetal stage.

In addition to stages of fetal development, parents should also pay attention to babies' nutrition throughout their development, especially the period from 0 to 3 years old, the puberty from 12 to 17 years old (female) and from 13 to 18 years old (male). In addition to calcium, the mothers also need to care about the content of nutrients that are beneficial to the height growth such as collagen type 2, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamins and minerals. Diets need to be diversified to stimulate children's eating.

Moreover, in order to promote the height growth, parents can let children use height growth supplements which properly and sufficiently provide essential nutrients to children for their height growth to help them grow taller, stay healthy and increase their chances of owning outstanding height when they grow up.


Exercise accounts for 20% of human height growth. Many parents think that they should restrict their children's physical activies in order to avoid energy consumption which negatively affects their children's physical development. However, this is completely wrong thinking because children need to exercise and play sports to become more agile and more dynamic. In particular, doing exercises and playing sports every day help the joints become more flexible and stimulate the process of growth hormone secretion effectively, thereby facilitating the height growth.

Some sports that are beneficial to children's height growth include basketball, volleyball, badminton, jogging, rope jumping, swimming, pull-up, etc. If parents encourage children to play one of above sports for 1 to 2 hours per day, children's height will grow outstandingly despite parents' short stature.

Sleep and environment

Scientific studies have shown that humans primarily grow taller during deep sleep. At that time, the growth hormone is secreted most, thereby stimulating the development of the joints and promoting the height growth. The period when the growth hormone is secreted most is from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM.  Therefore, parents need to encourage children to go to bed before 10:00 PM to facilitate their height growth. Furthermore, a comfortable and clean bedroom will also help children sleep deeply, which is very good for their height growth.

If parents follow above instructions seriously, children will stay healthy and possess ideal height when they grow up, even if parents are not tall.

THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS FOR REFERENCE ONLY and shall not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or starting any medication or treatment without discussing it with a qualified health professional.